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‘We have to maneuver on and study from this’: USMNT getting ready for England after Wales draw

AL RAYYAN, Qatar — When United States coach Gregg Berhalter walked into the locker room after his staff squandered a late 1-0 lead Monday in opposition to Wales and settled for a tie within the U.S. males’s first World Cup recreation in eight years, his overriding emotion wasn’t frustration.

It might have been. Maybe it ought to’ve been. 

The Americans totally dominated the primary half at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. They took the lead within the thirty sixth minute on an outstanding aim by Tim Weah that was arrange by a fair higher Christian Pulisic cross, and so they held onto that slim benefit nearly till the top, when one essential mistake value them the victory.

Now, following a textbook instance of a tie that appears like a loss, they’ve to determine learn how to shortly transfer on or threat wallowing in self-pity and torpedoing their probabilities of advancing to the knockout stage.

Gareth Bale’s 82nd-minute aim from the penalty spot reduces these odds to a bit higher than a coin flip. It additionally considerably will increase the strain forward of Friday’s high-profile encounter with England, one of many favorites to hoist the World Cup on Dec. 18. Still, Berhalter feels good about the place his staff is head-wise, if not essentially within the four-nation Group B standings.

Gareth Bale scores off a penalty kick and Wales ranges with USMNT 1-1

Gareth Bale scores off a penalty kick and Wales levels with USMNT 1-1

Gareth Bale attracts a foul within the 82nd minute and scores off a penalty kick, bringing Wales and the USMNT to a 1-1 tie.

“Gregg is happy that we were disappointed with getting a point,” U.S. captain Tyler Adams stated of the U.S. boss. “That just goes to show the mentality of our team to bounce back.”

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Still, being upset is comprehensible.

“We played really well,” stated goalkeeper Matt Turner, who was compelled into making two saves, each of them within the second half. “Defensively, the game plan was sound, and we limited quality chances most of the game.”

The turning level got here with the three factors in sight. Central defender Walker Zimmerman, who together with companion Tim Ream was flawless till the decisive play, dedicated to creating a clearance within the field. Bale, Wales’ captain and best-ever participant, beat him to the ball, and the referee pointed to the spot. Turner obtained a hand to Bale’s shot however couldn’t maintain it out.

“A little bit frustrated with that, but sometimes those plays happen,” Zimmerman stated. “It feels like we could have deserved a little bit more.”

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Yet for a younger staff wherein 25 of the 26 gamers on the roster are getting their first style of the World Cup expertise, it was a harsh lesson. While Zimmerman is true to assume that the Americans most likely deserved extra, the chilly actuality is that they didn’t do sufficient to place the sport away, and so they obtained burned for it.

Now, it turns into all about the place they go from right here. With the Three Lions — who smashed Iran 6-2 earlier Monday to open up an early lead atop the group — up subsequent on Friday (2 p.m. ET, FOX and the FOX Sports app), they should channel any lingering irritation into that contest and take a look at to not dwell on Monday’s tough ending.

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“You have to change gears, recover as quickly as possible for a big next game,” Adams stated. “We think that we match up well against [England]. We have to stay disciplined. We have to stay calm. We have to know that it’s a long tournament.”

“For us, it’s focusing on the fact that it was a good start,” Turner added. “Overall, you take a point and you keep moving forward.”

It was superb to see, in actual time, these younger Americans come to phrases with Monday’s consequence, settle for it, after which tilt their gaze towards their new problem. If they had been upset within the dressing room, it didn’t actually present by the point they snaked previous the worldwide media on the best way to their bus.

Most had been philosophical as they confronted questions. Ever-playful midfielder Weston McKennie, who logged a bit greater than an hour on the sector after shaking off a quad harm, ran by laughing as he dodged the throng of reporters.

“A point in our first game is better than none,” Pulisic stated. “We have to move on and learn from this. We have to take this experience and go into the next one. There’s a lot of positives from the game in general. I think we have a good enough team to make it out of this group.”

That’s all that issues, and it doesn’t matter the way it occurs. The U.S. is aware of England is a harmful foe, but it surely received’t be remotely intimidated.

“It was always going to be a tough game against England — I don’t think that was ever going to change based on what happened [Monday],” Berhalter stated. “A point in the first game isn’t the end of the world.”

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It isn’t the top of the Americans’ World Cup, both — supplied that they will shortly flip the web page.

“You just keep going,” Berhalter stated. “You focus on the next game, and try to win the next game.”

United States vs. Wales Highlights

United States vs. Wales Highlights

In the extremely anticipated group stage matchup, the United States and Wales battled to a tie within the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Doug McIntyre is a soccer author for FOX Sports. Before becoming a member of FOX Sports in 2021, he was a employees author with ESPN and Yahoo Sports and he has lined United States males’s and ladies’s nationwide groups at a number of FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.


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