Janusz Michallik highlights Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna when he rated the USMNT’s 2-1 victory in Belfast (1:07)

US. Gregg Berhalter, manager of the men’s national team, has experimented a lot in his responsible time 43 players have made their international debut since Berhalter took office in December 2018 in a 2-1 win against Northern Ireland on Sunday, Berhalter undertook another experiment with one Three-man defense

Given the relatively low stakes, it was wise for Berhalter to try the alignment The formation change certainly looks different and will give future opponents something to think about in the coming months.It also fits in with some aspects of American staff The US has an assortment of center-backs with comparable skills, and that goes for the central midfielders too, it also allows for full-backs like Antonee Robinson and Sergino Dest, whose skills affect the attacking side of the game, to move forward and it’s not the first time that Berhalter left the formation after doing so in a friendly against Jamaica ahead of the 2019 Gold Cup

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Unsurprisingly, there were periods of fluidity, like the U.S. had the vast majority of ownership in an early sequence, Christian Pulisic released Robinson deep in the left wing, only Robinson’s subsequent delivery missed a trio of goals in the box

Pulisic and Giovanni Reyna both looked lively in the game The latter opened the gate in the 30th Minute, and Pulisic added the eventual game winner just before the hour from the penalty spot.More importantly to Pulisic, he looked freer than he did against Jamaica.How much of that came down to the formation is up for debate, but it was nice to see that both players on the same team impress

Pulisic’s performance provides the assurance that it can deliver the U’s dynamic attack presence even when things are not going well at the club level Needs For Berhalter, Pulisic also contributed to the ball

“Forget all the great things he does on the ball, he just started today,” Berhalter said of Pulisic. “And when he’s in that kind of mode you know he’s just an amazing player and that It was what I was most happy about today, it was his relentless squeeze He just went on and on and on and then you know he’s so good on the ball that he can throw the team off balance and have it for me he’s a really strong performance overall “

But there were also some rough spots for the Americans. One of the requirements for playing three in the back is that the center-back and midfielder have to be properly on the ball, and in the first half there were enough mistakes from this group to to make the U S. Looking Vulnerable in Transition On more than one occasion, it took only a passport or two to put a Northern Ireland attacker in a one-on-one situation with a US Defenders, including a sequence in the 38 Minute in which Shayne Lavery forced a diving parade from Zack Steffen

Berhalter noted that field conditions at Windsor Park were tough, although he didn’t want to make excuses, of course the US. More of this can be expected in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, and Berhalter noted that sales had got his team into trouble

“It was difficult and we lacked that precision on the ball a bit and that’s why we had some sales,” he said. “What I like though is that the guys were still trying and you see in In the second half we really took possession of the ball and moved it well. So overall happy with the effort I think to carry out the game plan “

Some of the biggest problems facing the US. were independent of the formation, namely the propensity to allow set pieces that shifted the dynamics of the first half to Northern Ireland that was also a problem against Jamaica and will be a concern for Berhalter to keep an eye on the future

The US. looked more comfortable and secure in formation after the break, and seemed to be in control as Pulisic won and converted a penalty at that point, a save of substitutions made the game a little more open and the US. really should have added a number of chances to his lead when Niall McGinn was in the 88 Minute, hit an absolute lightning bolt from an acute angle, it made for a nervous finale, but the US. could see it

So should Berhalter try the three-man backline again? It’s worth noting that Northern Ireland has a World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria on Wednesday and as such would save their collective energy for that game, which means it’s definitely worth exploring, especially with Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams back in the group Outside of the friendly against Switzerland on 30 May there are unfortunately not many opportunities to try out the formation before the League of Nations in June

Nevertheless, the US. experimented and recorded a rare win in Europe making it yet another test for Berhalter & Co

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Source: https://www.espn.com/soccer/sergino-dest/story/4347989/berhalters-three-man-defense-experiment-provides-a-glimpse-at-future-possibilities-for-the-usmnt