Gregg Berhalter has praised his young US team and while he was “bitterly disappointed” to see them crash out of the World Cup, he believes progress has been made.
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The USA lost 3-1 to the Netherlands in their last 16 matches as Christian Pulisic missed a great early game opportunity and the Dutch made the Americans pay as Memphis Depay, Daly Blind and Denzel Dumfries scored great goals.
After all, the Dutch had a bit more quality and experience, but the young Americans impressed by making the playoffs, and with an eye on the 2026 World Cup, a huge chunk of that starting lineup is likely to start at the next World Cup. too much.
That’s very positive, but that doesn’t mean that defeat doesn’t sting right now.
Pride and progress are keywords for Berhalter
“That’s hard to deal with,” Berhalter said. “This is such a good group of guys, such a close-knit group of guys, and today we failed, but not because we didn’t try, not because of a lack of effort. The guys put everything they had into this game, and, unfortunately, we lost it.”
They really did.
USMNT had plenty of ball and chances created, but they just couldn’t tie all that promise together in the final third when it mattered the most. And that right there was the story of their World Cup.
Berhalter and his young team have much to be proud of, as they have exceeded all expectations.
“I’m really proud. When you think about how this band and how they’ve come together over the past three and a half years, it’s a really special sight. It’s not often that there is that kind of connection between teammates, staff and everyone,” Berhalter said. “I’m really proud of this group, but bitterly disappointed with today’s result.”
Berhalter also pointed out that the US does not have a star striker as he called on Memphis Depay for special praise.
There is a lot of debate about whether Gregg Berhalter is the right person to lead this very talented and very young US team to the 2026 World Cup on home soil.
A lot can happen in that time, but it looks like showings at this Worlds have probably earned him a couple more years to see how this side develops and if they can get a couple of clinical finishers up and converting moments.
“We have made some progress,” Berhalter said. “When people look at our team, they see a clear identity, they see guys coming out and fighting for each other. They see talent on the field. We made progress, but that night we didn’t have enough.”
Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT coaching staff are under contract until the end of the 2022 World Championship.
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When the dust settles after this loss to the Dutch, US fans will look positively at the 2022 World Cup.
However, the most important thing is what happens next. If the backbone of this team can maintain their intensity and solidity, but spice up the attack and stay true to their principles, they can go far in 2026.
Reigning world champions France will start their way through the knockout stages when they play Poland in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup on Sunday.
Only twice in World Cup history has a reigning champion defended his title and lost two in a row. Italy did so in 1934 and 1938; Brazil did this in 1958 and 1962. 60 years later, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and captain Hugo Lloris hope to join these legendary teams for the rest of their lives.
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Here’s everything you need for France vs Poland.
How to watch France vs Poland live, streaming link and start time
Kick off: 10:00 AM ET Sunday (December 4)
Stadium: Al Tumama Stadium, Doha
TV channels in Spanish: Telemundo
Broadcast in Spanish: peacock (all 64 matches)
Key storylines, players to keep an eye on
For France, the group stage was a little mixed in terms of results, but the quality of the performances was undeniable. Blues beat Australia runners-up in Group D 4-1 in the first leg, followed by a 2-1 win over Denmark in Game 1. 2 and a surprise 1-0 loss to Tunisia and in the final there was almost nothing to play with. After losing Karim Benzema to an injury during training just two weeks ago, apart from N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba who fell long before the start of the tournament, Mbappe (3 goals, 1 assist) and Griezmann (1 assist) took on the load in composition. group stage. Midfielder Aurélien Chuameni, 22, was the only player to start in all three group games as Didier Deschamps gives the Real Madrid star a crash course in World Cup football.
Despite Poland having Robert Lewandowski, one of the best strikers of his generation, Poland only scored two goals in the group stage – both in the same match, their only victory over Saudi Arabia. On the other hand, keeping two clean sheets (also against Mexico) proved the difference in relegation and promotion. Poland is one of only four sides (the others being Australia, Morocco and Japan) with less than 40 percent possession of the ball. as well as get into the playoffs.
Quick facts about France
Current FIFA World Ranking: 4
World Cup titles: 2 (1998, 2018)
World Championship appearances: 15
How they qualified: Automatically qualified for UEFA (won Group D)
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Key Players: Kylian Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Antoine Griezmann.
Brief facts about Poland
Current FIFA World Ranking: 38
World Cup titles: 0
World Championship appearances: 5
How they qualified: Withdrew from the AFC via the Intercontinental Playoffs.
Coach: Graham Arnold
Key players: Matthew Ryan, Aaron Mui, Matthew Lecky.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is on a tight schedule and this tournament in Qatar has been a sensation as the knockout rounds will capture the imagination of the world.
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Japan, Australia and Morocco were among the last 16 players with as many shocks during the tournament, while Germany, Denmark and Belgium were eliminated in the group stage.
From USMNT and England making it out of their group, to Lionel Messi taking out Argentina and Mexico just failing to make it out of the group stage, and among the many setbacks, there are many intriguing games in the latter stages.
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Now we have a little question about the 1/8 finals, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, which we are looking forward to. Bring. It. On the.
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Below is the full schedule, details on how to watch the games and everything else you need.
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