Monday, December 4, 2023

Trinidad and Tobago to start a new era in the United States

The United States is counting down the hours until its debut in the quarterfinals of the Nations League against Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidadian team is the first step in an agenda full of important moments, with the Copa América next summer and the 2026 World Cup marked in red. However, before attending the first event, the one organized by CONMEBOL, Gregg Berhalter’s men had to defeat the Central Americans in a game marked by many defeats and the appearance of promising young players who needed to take a step forward.

“This is a great opportunity for the team. The Copa América, which is the main goal,” Gregg Berhalter will say in the run-up to the duel, of course, but not before confirming that the first step is also in a League of Nations where the United States dominates with an iron fist. The strategist should reduce sensitive losses such as Christian Pulisic (thigh injury), Tim Weah (hamstring injury), or Tyler Adams, who has not yet made his debut in the Premier League this year. Young potential stars like Folarin Balogun and Ricardo Pepi are expected to take up the mantle of the two spearheads.

On the other hand, Berhalter seems to have condoned his problems with ‘Gio’ Reyna, who ran as an almost undisputed starter against the Trinidadians. The Dortmund midfielder started off with weight, both in the Bundesliga and in the USMNT itself. On the previous date, the son of Claudio Reyna led the team’s victory in the defeat against Ghana with a double. Reyna is expected to join Musah, Cardoso, and McKennie in the midfield as a playmaker.

In search of the triple crown

Beating Trinidad and Tobago was seen as more of a goal than a duty within the USMNT. The prize will be double, being able to achieve direct qualification for next summer’s Copa América, which will also be played at home, as well as entering the Final Four of the Nations League. The United States found its favorite competition in the Concacaf League, winning the first two editions. After losing the Gold Cup at the beginning of the year, Berhalter will be looking for revalidation with the triple crown.

Possible US alignment

XI: Turner; Dest; Ream; Richards; Robinson; Cardoso; McKennie; Musah; Pepi; Balogun; Queen.

DT: Gregg Berhalter.

More information about the game

Time: 9:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. CT and 6:00 p.m. PT).

Venue: Q2 Stadium (Austin, Texas).

TV: Peacock or TNT.

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