‘we are able to beat anybody on this planet’

'we can beat anyone in the world'

Gregg Berhalter will lead the US males’s nationwide workforce on the 2022 FIFA World Cup, because the American aspect takes on Wales, England and Iran in Group B. 

Berhalter first took management of the American aspect in 2018, following the workforce’s failure to qualify for that yr’s version of the World Cup.  Within the wake of the dismay, he was seen as the answer to steer the USMNT’s younger expertise to success. 

The American made his debut as USMNT coach on January 28, 2019, defeating Panama 3-0 with targets from Djordje Mihailovic, Walker Zimmerman and Christian Ramirez earlier than occurring a four-match unbeaten streak. Berhalter additionally guided the American to victory within the inaugural Concacaf Nations League, defeating Concacaf rivals Mexico 3-2 in extra-time to elevate the trophy. 

Most significantly, he impressed the USMNT to qualify for the World Cup for the primary time since 2014, after concluding the Concacaf cycle in third place on the desk with 25 factors in 14 video games and a report of 7W-3L-4D.  

Now, expectations are excessive. Because the workforce continues to arrange, the top coach defined his imaginative and prescient for the event.

“We’re actually taking a look at it as two tournaments. We’ve got the group section, by which you’ll want to be within the high two to earn the fitting to play within the knockout stage. And we can’t get forward of ourselves and assume we’ll fly proper into the knockout stage. The group stage may be very aggressive; each play, each motion issues to the consequence and to getting by way of to the following spherical,” Berhalter stated completely to 90min

“We take that first, after which we attempt to transfer on to the knockout stage. And as soon as we’re there, it will get enjoyable as a result of something can occur. We all know that if we play our greatest sport on that day, we are able to beat anybody on this planet. So, why not attempt to preserve going and preserve advancing.”

But it surely will not be straightforward. 

The American aspect should tackle England, Wales and Iran, whereas coping with a number of accidents and a younger roster. Midfielder Luca de la Torre’s participation on the World Cup stays in query, whereas Sergino Dest, Weston McKennie, Matt Turner and Gio Reyna solely not too long ago returned from accidents that noticed them sidelined for weeks main as much as the worldwide event. 

“What I do consider is on our greatest day, we are able to beat anybody on this planet,” Berhalter reiterated in a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Sam Borden. “That is the mentality that we need to have as a gaggle. Does that imply we will win the World Cup? No, not essentially. However we predict that step one is getting out of the group, ending within the high two. And the second step is, in knockout video games, enjoying our greatest potential sport and seeing how far we are able to go.”

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