of Undefeated US Men’s National Team Betting on a shot at the World Cup quarterfinals against the Netherlands on Saturday is something the Americans haven’t done in 20 years.
The United States has never been the most dominant team in the world. World Cup, scoring only two goals in three games. The Americans drew with Wales and England before defeating Iran in Monday’s decisive match to move up to the knockout stage. Tim Weah and Christian Pulisic scored those goals.
The US scorelessness has not been covered up. In his three games for the Netherlands he has scored five goals, including his three for Cody Gakpo.
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Alexi LarrasPlayed for the US national team in 1994 and 1998.
Larras, who is covering FOX Sports’ World Cup in Qatar, said Thursday, “I’ve dealt with this since I was a kid about football and scoring, but there’s nothing I can do about it.” I know that as human beings we want gratification and immediate gratification and continual gratification.Certainly as an American sports fan, I totally understand that.I have been involved for many years, last century What’s the interesting thing over the years that goes back to the 1900s, when I was running around, were people who came to the game really drawn to and embraced something that didn’t always have the ball going behind the net? It’s a matter of seeing – and that’s the nuance the game has.
“Yes, the goals are the most important thing. I like it more than anything.Now they don’t score many goals.They don’t create many chances.But things can definitely change.And I think they have the talent to score goals. Players play that position because with all of this talent and depth we’re talking about, there’s one void there.”
He made it clear that in the future, the United States needs a legitimate striker that the team can trust.
“So if you’re watching this World Cup and there’s a boy or a girl who can keep the ball in the back of the net when it comes to the men’s team, the faster they grow, the more representative we are. It will be better for the team because we desperately need a number nine, a striker, someone we can count on as a country and someone the team can count on to consistently put the ball in the back of the net. because.” he added.
On the defensive side of the ball, goalkeeper Matt Turner has become a legitimate star. The only goal he allowed was a Gareth Bale penalty – a rock that even a brick wall might not have been able to stop.
Larus told Fox News Digital that Turner’s story is a “great example” of the sport of finding people. major league soccer To be Arsenal’s goalkeeper during the Europa League run.
“I think we’re seeing more and more of it,” Larras said of the athlete who’s been on the long road to football. (USMNT) And we know we live in an age of specialization, we know trains have departed for much of it, but especially the culture of participating in multiple sports In the United States, where there are sports, there are actually benefits to getting involved in a variety of things at a young age, even if you want to aim for a specialty: you want to be an elite player. Find him, sport will find you.
Laras said being an underdog for the United States will very likely benefit them in this match.
“What’s interesting about this particular US national team game against the Netherlands is that it says a lot about their youth and inexperience. “It’s about coming back to the traditional, to be honest, comfortable position of being the underdog against the Netherlands,” Larras said. We’ve played the role really well and we’re trying to grow from it, but the reality is that the Netherlands are the better team on paper.
“But this particular (USMNT) group, despite their age and inexperience, believe they are as good as, and in some cases even better than, this Dutch team. I believe that there is.”
Larras made two predictions about this match. It’s his 100% play for US wins and Pulisic.
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“He’s a fighter. He really stepped up in this tournament and really put the team on his shoulders,” he told Fox News Digital. It met my expectations to some extent.”
Coverage of the USA-Netherlands game begins Saturday at 9am ET/6am PT on FOX.