After the COVID-19 pandemic left the US males’s national team taking part in just 4 matches throughout 2020, head coach Gregg Berhalter’s group can expect to be considerably busier all through 2021.
Except for last week’s international friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, a 7-0 win, some main benchmarks await: Concacaf Nations League and the Gold Cup this summer time, then the start of FIFA World Cup qualifying within the fall.
That jam-packed schedule will leave Berhalter relying on a deep and numerous roster pool, although the former Columbus Crew SC manager is keenly conscious of not overworking players. Addressing that fear, Berhalter pinpointed Chelsea star Christian Pulisic as somebody they’ll have to be cautious with.
“After they come in, the national team is about winning, it is about outcomes, it is about qualifying, doing well on the World Cup – these kind of issues and there’s really no room to say, ‘OK, we are able to carry out at 50 percent this recreation,’” Berhalter said throughout an Extratime interview. “Having said that, it is just being aware of the players and their time.
“One factor I can assure you is a man like Christian Pulisic just isn’t going to be taking part in Nations League and Gold Cup – it isn’t going to occur. These guys want a break, so I can think about them taking part in a kind of tournaments and then getting relaxation. That is going to be true for lots of our guys who’re going via related conditions proper now.”
Watch: Gregg Berhalter on Extratime
The identical method applies to different players, in fact, and they will stay targeted on World Cup qualifying all alongside. After the USMNT failed to achieve the 2018 model in Russia, there’s heightened urgency to make the 2022 version in Qatar.
“It may be difficult, the year, however what it comes all the way down to is all the pieces goes to be completed to organize for World Cup qualifying,” Berhalter said. “We’ve March friendlies, we have now the Nations League in June. We’ll most likely work some sort of cadence the place we have now a third recreation added to the backend of the Nations League, just to have that cadence of World Cup qualifying.
“Then we have now Gold Cup, and then it should be about evaluating a bunch of players to organize for the autumn as a result of it should be a tough fall. You must think about, the blokes are going to be touring throughout from Europe, a few of them, and then taking part in on Thursday, Sunday and Wednesday. Having three video games in that window goes to be attention-grabbing.”
For extra from Berhalter on navigating the player pool and schedule necessities, verify out the above clip and total Extratime episode right here. He is beforehand said that they’ll should name on 30-40 players to fulfill the calls for of 2021, offering alternatives for MLS players and European-based ones alike.