Gregg Berhalter’s ‘Horrid System’ Criticized on Twitter After USMNT Loss to Japan | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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Head coach Gregg Berhalter was the focus of intense criticism as the United States men’s national team suffered a 2-0 loss to Japan on Friday in one of its warm-up matches ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma scored for the Japanese side, as the USMNT struggled mightily to generate any consistent attacking pressure inside Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The United States’ use of Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman as the center-back tandem in the first half failed to pay dividends, as it couldn’t build out of the back against a high pressure, and Japan continued to control the pace of play throughout a majority of the second 45 minutes.

Here’s a look at some reaction to the performance from social media:

Billhausen @MrBill11

The Berhalter of it all is building. They should have fired him a dozen times before this point. Going to send a really good team to Qatar only to watch it waste away in this horrid system. Unacceptable on all levels.

Jeff Ruter @jeffrueter

For better or worse, #USMNT‘s successful qualification largely came down to Gregg Berhalter’s halftime adjustments each match. Today, the adjustment hasn’t let to many chances on frame.

Desperately need to start their games in a better way by the time November arrives.

Martijn Edelman @MartyEdelman14

Hopefully this result serves as a wake-up call for the #USMNT. Shocking performance for some key players and a lot of questions for Berhalter too – including how he’s set the team up!

The squad fielded by Berhalter on Friday wasn’t the one that’ll likely take the pitch when the USMNT opens the World Cup in November, including star Christian Pulisic being a late scratch from the matchday squad with an injury picked up in training.

That said, it was still an uninspired performance that raises further questions about whether the Americans are trending in a positive direction with just two months until Qatar.

It also brings the continued international absence of central defender John Brooks, who recently made his debut for Portuguese club Benfica, back into the spotlight as the US works unsuccessfully to find the anchors for its back line.

Berhalter and Co. will get another chance to showcase some semblance of progress Tuesday when they face Saudi Arabia in a friendly at Estadio Nueva Condomina in Murcia, Spain.

Another lackluster outing in the last preparation match before the World Cup would raise serious doubts about the team’s outlook as players return to their clubs next week.

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