Reaching the round of 16 with Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Iran was another step for a team whose success is measured in television viewers and commentary along with final scores.
“I don’t know the final numbers, but I’m sure there were a lot of people watching,” said the coach of USAGregg Berhalter. “You see how resilient this group is. You see how close this group is. You see what kind of energy and performance they put into every game. And then along the way, there’s some pretty good football. That’s the American spirit, the the way this group plays, and I think people will appreciate that, especially at home.”
The Americans started with a 1-1 draw with Gales which was watched by 11.7 million on US broadcasts in English and Spanish and followed with a 0-0 draw against England which was watched by 19.98 million on Black Friday, when schools were closed. and many offices closed.
President Joe Biden take note of the victory over Irn when I spoke in Bay City, Michigan.
“They did it! God loves them,” he said. Biden.
United States hopes to return to the quarterfinals
A victory on Saturday against netherlands will place USA in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002. The state of Christian Pulisic is uncertain after he injured his pelvis colliding with the goalkeeper while scoring against Irn. The United States Soccer Federation did not put to Pulisic available to the media on Wednesday, but posted a video of him dribbling a ball.
“We may be the underdog,” he said Brendan Aaronsonwho replaced Pulisic at the beginning of the second half. “The Dutch are a world powerhouse and have been for many, many tournaments. So I think for us, it’s just going in there fearlessly and playing like we’ve played this whole tournament. And I think good things will come out of that.”
A daunting task lies ahead against the Dutch: USA has five losses and six draws in 11 games in the world Cup against European opponents since defeating Portugal 3-2 in the first game of 2002.
“It’s a great opportunity, but it’s not something we’re going to think of as an honor. We deserve to be in the position we’re in and we want to move forward,” he said. Berhalter. “So for us, it’s about how we recover from this game and prepare to play a very good Dutchman, very well trained, a lot of quality all over the field, and we have to think about how to beat them.”