USA vs Uruguay – LIVE Reddit Soccer 06/06/2022
The United States Men’s National Team face one of the toughest tests ahead of this winter’s World Cup today as they host Uruguay in a friendly. Both teams are coming off convincing 3-0 wins in their previous matches this window and will be looking to carry on their forward momentum. Once again Gregg Berhalter has unveiled his planned lineup a full day ahead of kickoff, giving us some cool insight into how the match may play out. The return of Weston McKennie to the starting lineup is a welcome one. The midfield lynchpin has not seen full action since breaking his foot in late February. McKennie is not only one of the team’s best and most important players on the field, he’s a huge part of their team spirit and comradery. Having him back and fit is a huge boost to the whole program.
Joe Scally inching his way towards a starting look is a welcome one for a lot of USMNT fans eager to get a better glimpse of the youngster. If Antonee Robinson isn’t fit enough, we could very well see his full debut against one of the best teams in the western hemisphere. An unchanged front three will be interesting to watch against a much better and stingier defense than Morocco. Timothy Weah especially impressed midweek. He’ll be one to keep an eye on to see if he can consistently impact matches like he did in that victory.
While it’s just a friendly, you can bet everyone watching will be using this as a measuring stick for World Cup expectations heading into Qatar. This will very likely be the toughest opponent this side faces until the tournament actually starts in November. The United States put forth a promising 90 minutes against its African opponents on Wednesday in Cincinnati, with Christian Pulisic putting on a show, setting up two of the three U.S. goals. Head coach Gregg Berhalter tinkered with a number of tactical approaches, and most seemed to work against a shellshocked Morocco squad.
Most notably, Brenden Aaronson was moved to midfield, playing a hybrid role, and produced a flourishing attacking display. Aaronson scored the first U.S. goal and continued to provide support up front throughout the match, cropping up in all areas of the attacking half.
The United States is missing a number of key players as the summer begins. First and foremost, defender Miles Robinson is out for the foreseeable future with an Achilles tear that threatens to keep him sidelined through the World Cup and beyond. In-form Djordje Mihailovic was forced to withdraw from the roster due to an ankle injury suffered with CF Montreal before the international break.
Gregg Berhalter confirmed that Weston McKennie, who played 18 minutes for the USA vs. Morocco coming off a serious ankle injury, will be a starting option against Uruguay, but won’t play more than 45 minutes. Antonee Robinson is struggling with a non-COVID illness and will be a game-time decision, with Joe Scally his replacement at left back if Jedi can’t go. DeAndre Yedlin will start at right back in place of Reggie Cannon.
The experiment of Brenden Aaronson in midfield against Morocco produced glowing results, but Berhalter stated that against Uruguay he will go with Yunus Musah and Tyler Adams next to McKennie for the first half, and the new Leeds United signing would begin the match on the bench. He could be an option to replace McKennie at halftime.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner was excellent against Morocco, but Berhalter stated Sean Johnson would start against Uruguay, and Ethan Horvath will have to wait for his opportunity. Aaron Long filled in admirably at center back against Morocco, and Berhalter said he will start again against Uruguay to continue developing his partnership with Walker Zimmerman. Erik Palmer-Brown will hope for an opportunity, and Berhalter confirmed he’s trying to get the Troyes defender a chance on the field.
A pair of World Cup-bound teams coming off impressive victories in midweek will battle it out on Sunday as the USA host Uruguay in a friendly at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
On Wednesday, the Yanks came away with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Morocco, while La Celesta had no trouble against Mexico, winning by that same score.
They sustained some early pressure in the opening dozen minutes, but this team settled into the game nicely, putting the Moroccans on their heels on plenty of occasions.
This team showed tremendous ball control in that encounter and an ability to change direction at high speed while in possession, which enabled them to create many quality scoring opportunities.
While this group have looked dangerous on the counter, scoring eight goals in their last three games, Berhalter was not pleased with his side’s defensive shape, saying they played too deep while getting dominated in the physical battles.
Their high-pressure system has been effective lately, as they have managed to capitalize on their chances in the final third.
Heading into this fixture, the US are unbeaten in 24 consecutive matches played at home, and they have yet to lose a game on American soil against La Celeste, drawing them 1-1 in their previous friendly back in 2019.
Over their last nine matches played in all competitions, the Americans have only conceded two goals in the opening half while scoring eight themselves.
Uruguay are heading into this fixture in fine form, with a 100% record so far this year, conceding only once in their previous five matches.
Manager Diego Alonso has been calling for his team to be more aggressive and greedier in the final third, and his players delivered against El Tri, scoring on three of their four efforts on target.
That was the fourth clean sheet of the year for the Uruguayans, who have been nearly impenetrable on the backline so far in 2022.
The fullbacks on this team have played a big part in their success, adding another dimension to the attack while still being able to come back and track opposing runners.
Thanks to their holding midfielders, we have seen them play well between the lines, linking up brilliantly from defence to attack.
In the past, they have looked shaken when trailing a match, losing their last four South American qualifiers in 2021 when conceding first, three of which were lopsided defeats by three goals.
It has been suggested that they are near the end of their golden generation, but based on what La Celeste have shown us lately, they look like a team with a great run in them at the finals come November.