KLEVELAND, Ohio – Christian Poulisic could not stop smiling
Considering that the United States. Tretidad and Tobago pushed 6: 0 in their second game at the Golden Cup, which does not seem so unusual. But Putisic's lessons usually change between a stoic if the team wins and frown if the team loses.
This time, Pulišić was practically alive, happy to discuss all sorts of topics, but the performance of his team liked him the most.
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"We enjoyed it every moment, he for victory. "Obviously goals and everything is running very well, so it looks good, we will have bigger challenges and we will be excited about them."
Pulisic even finds time to expose his teammate's energy levels. and a longtime friend, Weston McKenny. "Besides, at 8:00 in the morning, he has more energy than any person I've ever met," Pulisic told McKenny. "Do not talk to him in the morning but then he's gone" all the time "Then the whole day is just non-stop I'm a man in the morning so the weather is good for me because Wes not always is in my ear, he insisted that the revenge for the qualification defeat of the World Cup of Soka Voynis in 2017, which prevented them from reaching the World Cup 2018, did not take into account the emphasis on the task. for the World Cup, like Paul Arriola, for those who do not like Will Trap
was different, even going so far as to say in a post interview that he had a "chip" on his shoulder. His prospect did not change until he climbed through the mixed zone after the end of the meeting
" You know what happened to Trinidad, "he said." Obviously today I wanted to win really bad. Pulishic and his other teammates struggled to interrupt T & T in the first half, though this is partly due to the fact that Sotca's soldiers are pleased to sit back and put up pressure. At the same time, the United States was also not very sharp.
But the Chelsea midfielder helped break the ice with a little quality that came in perfect shape. Aaron Long headed home for the first of his two goals, and later Pulishic put Gyasi Zardes's second goal in the night and was generally an attacking threat to the opening of the game. including the goal of Pulishic, created by Deputy Jordan Morris. "They were very human oriented, and it was hard to break the lines, but we said you had to keep moving and find the right spaces, and we did well with that in the second half," he said. , when you do that, the whole game and press them every time you lose the ball it's hard for them
"Tired, you can see it and we did it very well tonight."
Pulisic praised the manager Greg Bertalter for the work he Half could be spotted down in the second "This is not my biggest strength, but I think it is very important for me to come to this team if we are going to play this strong style, I will try to help of the team in the best way, "said Putlišić. "If that means I have to work very hard, I will know how we will push and how we will do it." I worked hard tonight.
Everything about Putisic, of his performance for his mood after play could have affected his teammates in the United States. The very expensive Zardes scored twice and found themselves in inches of hattrick. McKenny thrived in the role of mid-guard, who saw him play a little deeper in support of Michael Bradley, while discovering some of his energy as a trademark to move on. including one in the 61st minute, which ended with the omission of Levi Garcia – she largely supported her well.
Surely there are better teams in this tournament than T & T, who has eliminated after two games with a minus-8 difference. But before the tournament, Americans had difficulty doing well with almost everyone. It is worth noting that Pulisic played neither in one of these matches, but now at least it seems that the US is starting to build some chemistry.
Arriola, top scorer of the fifth goal of the American team, and Tyler Boyd creating chaos on the flanks. Bradley and McKenny looked in sync with their roles. Josie Altidor's gaze, which appeared in the field for a 16-minute appearance, was welcome.
While it undoubtedly helps when players around Pulisic perform well, it remains a vital part if the US actually wins the tournament. For a player of Putisic's talent, this is not news. But there were times when Pulishic seemed weighted by the responsibility he had been given. The fact that the American striker looks more comfortable in the national team's skin is good.
"I think what we are doing is trying to put it in a position where it can [take a game over]," said Bertalter for Pulisic. "The structure around it adapts it to being flexible, it can go wide, it can go inside, it can create space for itself, we can use the assailant to get the ball to repel it back to it. the reason we try to do this is that he has those abilities that change the game. "
It is premature to say that the US men's national team has made a full recovery. Panama, his last opponent at the group stage on Thursday, has a habit of making life difficult for the United States in the golden cup. After all, Canaleros is responsible for passing the United States on the only group stage in the history of the tournament.
But both the US and Panama are already in the quarterfinals, it remains to be seen. what level of intensity there will be in a game that does not have much for it.
"The first two games were good, but that's just the beginning," Bradley added. "We understand that as the tournament progresses, the game becomes more difficult, things become more competitive and the level of everyone has to rise."
True. But for the first time in an age, the possibility of a higher cap for this American team is more realistic. Regarding a program that has been removed from the World Cup Qualifiers, this is a welcome step forward.