USMNT reflects on World Cup performance


RAYYAN, Qatar – As the American soccer players took their grief and hope and left the World Cup on Saturday night, they walked into the mixed zone, a strange and strange mess. familiar with padded walls and rich walls advertising international sporting events where the players. sometimes standing in front of groups of reporters and sharing what they know or don’t know about what happened.

The Americans stood, one by one, and unconsciously formed a kind of staccato chorus that expressed their pain at their 3-1 shooing from the Netherlands, their feeling that they had done it again and their hope to do more.

They shared something of what I learned at the World Cup, as goalkeeper Matt Turner said, “The most important thing is the limits of success or failure in this tournament. it’s just black paper,” or the young captain of this Earth. Cup, Tyler Adams said, “If there’s anything this team can take away from it, it’s coming to the limit,” or when veteran DeAndre Yedlin said, “The it’s very important that the team learns how to lose a place. The World Cup, and it goes a long way,” or when Christian Pulisic said, “We don’t want to think anymore to this.”

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First up was Turner, 28, who began with: “The voice is deafening. [in the locker room]; everyone is disappointed. He said that the Dutch felt “hopeful” about the crosses that ended the first two goals, saying that “it came down to two goals” where “they ended their time,” said it was an honor and said he hoped. boys and girls who look and want to imitate.

“There’s a lot of power,” he said. “If you don’t know that, I don’t know. … The potential is clear. He didn’t like that “that’s our MO,” and said, “It’s part of changing the expectations of our fans, changing the expectations of the players in the locker room, it doesn’t just feel like winning a goal because we made the round. of 16.”

In came Adams, 23, who talked about those “margins” – they are everywhere, of course, in the 32-team event – and how the center backs “work very well” and how he wasn’t around for 2010 and 2014 when the United States arrived at the same time so he didn’t know, but thought this was “special.”

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Walker Zimmerman, the 29-year-old center back, soon arrived. He analyzed how the Dutch beat the black Americans achieved in Group B but could not hold against the backs of Denzel Dumfries in the first half. “Well,” he said, “you don’t know if they might have seen something on tape. I mean, I’d have to go back to the team level to see if those spots were open. Obviously. We didn’t suffer those times in the team level. Maybe they knew it. Maybe it was just the execution at that time, but again, of course, secondly, we have to be able to stop that game from happening.”

He summed it up. “That’s the hardest thing,” he said, “to go out knowing how special this team is, how we do it.” He believed that they arrived with the goal of winning the whole thing and “showing that we can compete with anyone” and ran a list of promising qualities, including “the youth of the team ,” the “firmness,” the “love we have for each other. He said that this World Cup “is something that the American people can look at and be proud of – the way we play, the way of our work. So, I think we’re going to go back to being more hungry than ever, a lot of men in what we consider to be prime. We have a lot of guys coming through the pipeline that I think can contribute. So it’s an exciting time to be an American football player, and I just want the legacy — it hurts when we think this is a team that could do something that the American team never did. .

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Andries Noppert came. He is not American but Dutch and a watchman, and he takes some questions and comes up with this: “They go like crazy, like hell. They are working together. They don’t give up.

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Yunus Musah was short, only 20, but he said, “As a team, we can do better.”

Brenden Aaronson, 22, is short-tempered and said: “Sadness and a lot of emotions. It’s just hard. And, “I mean, listen – we’ve had as many opportunities as they have.”

The Dutch won the match 3-1 on December 3, eliminating the Americans from the World Cup. (Video: The Washington Post)

Antonee Robinson, 25 years old, went on and said of the first two goals: “I don’t know. Can’t tell you. Maybe they pulled a little on our team, in terms of the situation. ” He said he expected Coach Gregg Berhalter to stay and said: “He gave a lot of boys a chance to grow with this team. You watch the entire campaign, and everyone has played in their first World Cup.

He said he felt “I gave everything I could get” and “a lot of these players could be together for years and years now.”

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Weston McKennie, 24, came to defend Pulisic for his third-minute miss: “For everyone who tries in the future, ‘Oh, if Christian had scored that,’ we know what he’s done for US soccer. We all know this is a team. We all try to support each other.”

He said it was “a normal goal four years ago” after the United States missed out on the previous World Cup and said: “This tournament really restored the belief, thank you very much. .We have shown that we can be giants. We may not be there yet, but we are on the way.

“There’s a lot in the box,” he began, to a question about fatigue.

“It’s going to hurt for a while,” he said of the first pass.

“We’ve come a long way,” he said.

He said the Dutch had already seen two real chances but two real goals. “We’re like 2-nil, but it’s not like that. That’s what good teams do. They punish you.

Yedlin, 29, the only player to withdraw from Brazil 2014, stood up and said: “I think we gave a lot to people. People know the talent of this team, They’re happy. It’s really interesting how the team interacts.”

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“Now it’s a completely different story,” he said. “They know what it’s like to lose after putting in so much.”

Tim Ream, the grandfather of the USMNT at 35, has not given up on his dream of the World Cup.

Finally, comes Tim Ream, the 35-year-old defender. In the evening, the World Cup and his US career ended in a night, as he said from the main view: “Sometimes, you know, you have good players. They think. That two players [Dumfries and Memphis], it’s faster. Maybe that’s something they did. “

“Yes,” he said, “I mean, I tried to tell the guys: You don’t guarantee anything in this game. I’ve been in the program for 12 years, I didn’t guarantee something. Most of these guys are guaranteed a World Cup. For me, it’s not going to happen. … I gave everything, and I hope these guys take that advice .I’ve seen them take that advice in the three weeks we’ve been together, so I hope they continue to do that.

With that, the group session ended for the night.

World Cup in Qatar

Finally: The knockout stage at the World Cup continued on Saturday with Argentina defeating Australia, 2-1, in the round of 16. Argentina, featuring world star Lionel Messi in his final appearance in the World Cup, which is one of the favorites to win the competition and was able to finish first in Group C and move to the quarter-finals despite a terrible shock to Saudi Arabia in its first game.

USMNT: The U.S. men’s national team fell to the Netherlands, 3-1, on Saturday in the opening match of the round of 16. The Netherlands, winners of Group A, finished the group stage undefeated. single box. His winning streak continues, even though the US run is over.

Complete the round table: A World Cup group stage full of shock upsets and big changes gives way to a knockout round that promises more surprises.

Today’s WorldView: Ishaan Tharoor, the Post’s foreign correspondent, during his week at the World Cup in Qatar.


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