USMNT reflects on World Cup performance


RAYYAN, Qatar – When the American soccer players took their sorrows and hopes and left the World Cup on Saturday night, they passed through a mixed, strange and familiar place of network walls. and rich advertising walls at world sporting events where athletes. sometimes stand in front of reporters and share information or facts that have just happened.

The Americans stopped, one by one, and unwittingly built a staccato chorus that spoke of their pain as they lost 3-1 to the Netherlands, their feeling that they could they have done more and their understanding that they can do more.

They shared some of the things I learned from the World Cup, as goalkeeper Matt Turner said, “The biggest thing is the margins of success or failure in this tournament are slim.” mostly of paper,” or of the youngest director in this world. Cup, Tyler Adams, said, “If there is anything this team will take away, it comes down to the lines,” or as veteran DeAndre Yedlin said, “The biggest thing is that the team learned how to what it feels like to lose. The World Cup, and that goes a long way,” or when Christian Pulisic said, “We don’t want to feel like this again.”

The USMNT’s World Cup hopes ended with a loss to the Netherlands

It started with 28-year-old Turner, who began by saying: “The silence is deafening. [in the locker room]; everyone is disappointed.” He said how the Dutch appeared to have “expectation” with the cut-in crosses that spoiled the first two goals, saying it “came down to both boxes” where they “spent their chances,” it was an honor and he said he hoped. boys and girls would watch and long to imitate.

“There’s a huge opportunity,” he said. “If you don’t see that, I don’t know. … The opportunity is clear.” He didn’t want it to be “our MO,” and said, “That’s part of changing the expectations of our fans, changing the expectations of the players in the locker room, not just feeling like we won the cup because we made a game. the 16th.”

Next came Adams, 23, who talked about those “margins” — they’re everywhere, in fact, across the 32-team event — and how the center back- he “did well” and how he was absent in 2010 and 2014 the United States has reached a similar level that he does not know, but this feels “unique.”

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Soon came Walker Zimmerman, the 29-year-old centre-back. He analyzed the Dutch style of the American air defense that had entered the B group but could not hold his own against the players of Denzel Dumfries of the first half. “Okay,” he said, “you don’t know if it’s something they might have seen on tape. I mean, I’ll have to go back to the forum to see if those places are even open. Obviously, we were not hurt by those opportunities in the group stage. Maybe it’s something they saw. Maybe it’s just performance at that point, but also, again, secondly, we have to be able to prevent that play from happening. ”

He summed up. “That’s what makes it so hard to come out knowing how special this team is, how hard we’ve worked,” he said. He thought they had arrived with the intention of winning everything and “showed that we can compete with anyone” and ran off a list of promising qualities, including “young team,” “bond,” “the love we have. be with one another.” He said this World Cup was “something that a lot of American fans can look at and be proud of – the way we played, the way we did our job. So I think we will come back hungrier than ever, a lot of guys in what we thought was their prime. We have a lot of guys coming through the pipeline that I think can contribute. So I It’s a great time to be an American soccer fan, and I wish this legacy – it’s sad that we thought this team could have done something that no other American team has done. what did.”

Walker Zimmerman of the USMNT is a very good soccer player. He might be a better partner.

Andries Noppert appeared. He’s not American but Dutch and he’s a goalie, and he took a few questions and agreed: “They’re crazy, like hell. They work together. They don’t give up.”

Yunus Musah, only 20 years old, spoke briefly but said, “The team we are, we could have done a lot better.”

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Brenden Aaronson, 22, was somewhat blunt and said: “It’s a lot of sadness and emotions. It’s just hard.” And, “I mean, listen – we had as many opportunities as they did.”

The Dutch won the match 3-1 on December 3, eliminating the Americans from the World Cup. (Video: The Washington Post)

Antonee Robinson, who is still only 25 years old, passed and said about the first two goals: “I don’t know. I can’t tell you. They probably split our team a little bit, in terms of position. ” He said he hopes that Coach Gregg Berhalter will stay and said: “He has given a lot of boys the opportunity to develop themselves with this team. You look at the whole campaign, and basically everyone has played their first World Cup.

He said he felt like “I gave it my all” and that “most of these players could be together for years and years now.”

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Then came Weston McKennie, 24, who vehemently defended Pulisic for his third-minute foul: “To whoever tries in the future, ‘Oh, if only Christian had he got that,’ we’ve all seen the things he’s done for US soccer. We all know it’s a team here. We all try to support each other.”

He spoke of “the same goal four years ago” after the United States missed out on the last World Cup and said: “This tournament has definitely restored a lot of faith, a lot of respect. We showed that we can be giants. We may not be there yet, but we are definitely on our way.”

“There was a lot in the tank,” he began, to a tired question.

“It’s going to hurt for a while,” he said of the first lady.

He said: “We have really come a long way.

He said the Dutch seemed to have two real chances but also two real goals. “I felt like we were 2-nil down, but it didn’t feel like it should be. That’s what good teams do. They hit it.”

Yedlin, 29, the only player left at Brazil 2014, stood up and said: “I mean, I think we’ve given a lot of people hope. People see the talent in this team, they’re happy. The camaraderie of this team is exciting.”

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“Now it’s a completely different story,” he said. “They know that feeling of what it’s like to lose after putting a lot of money into it.”

Tim Ream, the 35-year-old ‘grandfather’ of the USMNT, has not given up on his World Cup dream.

Finally, came Tim Ream, a 35-year-old defender. In the evening, the World Cup and his American career were cut short that night, as he said from a lot of experience: “Sometimes, you know, the best players jump on you. They expected it. Those two players [Dumfries and Memphis], they were in a bit of a hurry. Maybe it was something they worked on.”

“Yeah,” he said, “I mean, I tried to tell the boys: You’re never guaranteed anything in this game. I’ve been on the show for 12 years, I’ve never guaranteed anything. Most of these guys are guaranteed another World Cup. For me, that didn’t happen. … I gave it my all, and I hope these guys take that advice. I’ve seen them take that advice in the three weeks we’ve been together, so I hope they continue to do so.”

With that, the mixed scene ended the night.

Qatar World Cup

Latest: The main stage continued at the World Cup on Saturday when Argentina beat Australia, 2-1, in the round of 16. Argentina, with world star Lionel Messi in what is probably his Ice Age World final, is one of the favorites to win the tournament. managed to finish first in Group C and advance to the quarterfinals despite a heartbreaking loss to Saudi Arabia in their first match.

USMNT: The US men’s national team fell to the Netherlands, 3-1, on Saturday in the opening game of the round of 16. The Netherlands, the winners of Group A, had finished the group stage without a loss, adding only one goal. Its winning streak continues, while the US streak is over.

Final schedule: A World Cup group stage filled with shocking upsets and dramatic changes will now give way to a semi-final that promises surprises.

Today’s WorldView: Ishaan Tharoor, The Post’s foreign desk correspondent, reports on his week at the World Cup in Qatar.


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