Julian Nagelsmann began his career as Germany coach with a solid 3-1 win over the United States in a friendly in East Hartford, Connecticut.
The hosts took the lead through their star Christian Pulisic, who scored a superb shot from outside the area in the 27th minute, but Germany equalized before the break with a goal from Ilkay Gündogan in the 39th minute.
Two goals in close succession from Niclas Füllkrug (58) and Jamal Musiala (61) completed the return of the European squad, which on Tuesday will play another friendly against Mexico in its preparation for the Euro Cup which it will host in 2024.
Nagelsmann, 36 years old and a rare German banker, has eight months before the Euro Cup to rebuild the course of the depressed ‘Mannschaft’, which recently suffered the second consecutive elimination in the first round of a World Cup in Qatar- 2022.
The former Bayern Munich coach, who was appointed on September 22 to replace the sacked Hansi Flick, has a starting eleven at the Rentschler Field stadium with veteran central defender Mats Hummels, absent from the national team since 2021 Euro Cup, and a midfield full of talent. despite the absence of Joshua Kimmich.
The quality of Gündogan, Florian Wirtz and Jamal Musiala, combined with the work of the high press of the attackers Leroy Sané and Niclas Füllkrug, gave initial control of the game to the German squad, which in turn suffered in the rearguard when it doesn’t exist. the ball is there.
Gregg Berhalter, back in June as the coach of the US, lined up three forwards (Weah, Pulisic, and Balogun) and an offensive midfield with the return of the young Gio Reyna, with whom he tried to repair the relationship after the fierce which public confrontation was held afterward. the Qatar World Cup.
The United States, which will play another friendly on Tuesday against Ghana, depends on these tests against competitive rivals to prepare for the 2026 World , which it will organize with Mexico and Canada.