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Is This The Most Talented US Men’s Squad Ever?

USA World Cup Qualifying Tickets

USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter has named a squad for a pair of friendlies later this month, that might be the most talented squad the U.S. has ever named.

The 2002 U.S. team that reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup was arguably the best team of the modern era, but Berhalter has a young team, average age is 21 years, that is comprised entirely of players who play in Europe.

Traditionally, U.S. players in Europe played for second-tier clubs. But never with the elite clubs. That has changed now with nine American’s playing in the Champions League this season including RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams, Barcelona’s Sergino Dest, Juventus’ Weston McKennie and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic.

News

Poor USA Side Loses To Costa Rica 1-0

The Jurgen Klinsmann era as USA national team head coach is getting off to a tough start with a draw and lose at home to two of their biggest CONCACAF rivals.

In Klinsmann’s first game as coach, the United States tied Mexico 1-1 on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia and last night at the Home Depot Center the US suffered an embarrassing loss at home to Costa Rica.

The U.S. dominated possession against a very physical Costa Rica side, but once again lacked that piece of quality in the final third to open up the Ticos defense. Too often the final pass from Donovan, Shea and Chandler were poor.

World Cup

U.S. loses in Costa Rica

The US suffered its sixth-straight loss in Costa Rica 3-1 on Wednesday night in a game that was not as close as the score indicated!

With goals 82 seconds into the match and then in the 13th minute, this was a relatively easy World Cup qualifying victory for Costa Rica. It was the worst qualifying result for the USA since their 3-0 defeat at Costa Rica on Oct. 8. 2005. With the loss the U.S. (2-1-1, seven points) dropped into second place in the CONCACAF hexagonal behind the Ticos (3-1-1, 10). The USA will face what is now close to a must-win situation against Honduras in Chicago on Saturday.