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Lessons from USA's matches against Mexico and Brazil: permanent coach needed

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The US tried out plenty of young talent in the recent round of friendlies but they need a concrete philosophy as they look towards the 2022 World CupA new cycle for the US began with a 2-0 loss to an obviously superior Brazil, a 1-0 victory over Mexico side just as youthful as the opposition, and a new set of questions regarding the midfield. Against Brazil, interim coach Dave Sarachan set up defensively, giving Wil Trapp, Weston McKennie, and Tyler Adams the start. The results were mixed and likely the product of playing a side boasting impressive depth and quality, as the US frequently conceded possession and did little with it once they got it back. Matters were not much better when Sarachan added Kellyn Acosta, another central midfielder, to the group against Mexico, as they hardly found a rhythm despite playing a more evenly-match opponent. Yet, one bright spot was Adams, who had a tough time against Brazil but still managed to do the defensive work and play smart passes to advance the ball. He excelled in the final 20 minutes against a 10-man Mexico, and also managed an intelligent 35-yard run to score his first international goal. While he can do a job on the right side, it is clear that the US may have figured out at least one part of the midfield puzzle after this pair of friendlies. Continue reading...

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