US Soccer Catch-All

Man, I watched a bunch of Pulisic games under Tuchel at Dortmund, and he was constantly creating chances.

Progress!

Aaronson, who came on for Pulisic for the second half, doubled the lead in the 52nd minute off Joshua Sargent's pass across the goaline with a close range effort. But the FC Salzburg player was quick to point out Dest's performance.

"Sergino's sick, he's so good," Aaronson said.

The Reggae Boyz were able to pull one back in the 71th minute when they pounced on the counterattack, with Jamal Lowe chipping the ball over Zack Steffen for the goal. The team were missing several star regulars due to an ongoing financial dispute with the Jamaica Football Federation dating to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The 22nd-ranked Americans, preparing for a Nations League semifinal against Honduras in June and the start of World Cup qualifying in September, have seven wins and a draw in their last eight matches, and they've outscored opponents 23-3 in winning four consecutive friendlies.

"I thought we got better and better,'' Berhalter said. "The only thing we lacked was the movement behind the back line.''

Lletget sealed the match in the 83rd minute when the LA Galaxy veteran hit a low driving shot from just inside the box. He made it two on the night when he slotted in a goal in the waning minutes of the match. The 28-year-old Lletget has become a regular with the national team since returning in late 2018 from a severe foot injury suffered in a World Cup qualifier against Honduras in March 2017.

"I'm pretty low key,'' he said. "I hope they keep getting in the limelight, and they deserve it.''

Jordan Siebatcheu, who plays for Swiss side Young Boys, came on as a late substitute for his first USMNT action.

The U.S. next play Northern Ireland in Belfast on Sunday.

Prederick wrote:

Progress!

Aaronson, who came on for Pulisic for the second half, doubled the lead in the 52nd minute off Joshua Sargent's pass across the goaline with a close range effort. But the FC Salzburg player was quick to point out Dest's performance.

"Sergino's sick, he's so good," Aaronson said.

The Reggae Boyz were able to pull one back in the 71th minute when they pounced on the counterattack, with Jamal Lowe chipping the ball over Zack Steffen for the goal. The team were missing several star regulars due to an ongoing financial dispute with the Jamaica Football Federation dating to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The 22nd-ranked Americans, preparing for a Nations League semifinal against Honduras in June and the start of World Cup qualifying in September, have seven wins and a draw in their last eight matches, and they've outscored opponents 23-3 in winning four consecutive friendlies.

"I thought we got better and better,'' Berhalter said. "The only thing we lacked was the movement behind the back line.''

Lletget sealed the match in the 83rd minute when the LA Galaxy veteran hit a low driving shot from just inside the box. He made it two on the night when he slotted in a goal in the waning minutes of the match. The 28-year-old Lletget has become a regular with the national team since returning in late 2018 from a severe foot injury suffered in a World Cup qualifier against Honduras in March 2017.

"I'm pretty low key,'' he said. "I hope they keep getting in the limelight, and they deserve it.''

Jordan Siebatcheu, who plays for Swiss side Young Boys, came on as a late substitute for his first USMNT action.

The U.S. next play Northern Ireland in Belfast on Sunday.

These kids are alright. Man, I love the more aggressive style that comes with the confidence some have gotten playing at higher level club teams, which has largely been missing since forever outside of a few outliers. Good use of short one touch passes in the attack buildup and creating excellent chances repeatedly bodes very well for the future. Driving into the box is a pretty novel idea for a US that was heavily dependent on counters and served balls from the wing for opportunities.

I’m actually looking forward to watching this team as it works it’s way through qualifying and future friendlies as they develop more chemistry and comfort with each other on the pitch.

Yeah, literally everything you said. It has been so long since I've seen a USMNT side that looks capable of hanging onto the ball against anything other than wholly inferior opposition.

Prederick wrote:

Yeah, literally everything you said. It has been so long since I've seen a USMNT side that looks capable of hanging onto the ball against anything other than wholly inferior opposition.

Yep, very excited about the current crop. I don't know that we've ever been this talented; now we have to execute.

Wish I could go back in time and tell 2006 me that the USMNT would be pulling 20-year-olds playing for top-level European teams off the bench in friendlies.

Ah, well.

Swings and roundabouts.

The United States will miss a third straight Olympics men's tournament after losing 2-1 to Honduras in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying round for the 2020 games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday afternoon.