US at FIFA World Cup 2022: British media unfair on brilliant USA performance at FIFA World Cup 2022
The brilliant performance at FIFA World Cup 2022 by the USA against England in Friday night’s Group B matchup was easily ignored by British newspapers on Saturday, who instead decried the 0-0 tie as boring.
At the top level, goals do not decide how good a football game is. And the United States’ incisive defensive play and efficient high-press strategy not only stopped England’s attacks but also resulted in several close calls for the Three Lions.
Tyler Adams, the US captain, was a workhorse throughout the entire 90 minutes, consistently constructing his team’s assaults and sprinting back to assist the defense whenever an ineffectual England attack came at FIFA World Cup 2022.
When an aerial ball came to his feet just in front of the England goal in the 26th minute, attacking midfielder Weston McKennie had the best opportunity to score that night. He only succeeded in volleying it, though, and a few seconds later, the majority of the 62,000 or so English supporters in the crowd started singing “God save our King.”
Christian Pulisic, the standout striker for the USA at FIFA World Cup 2022, came close to breaking the score seven minutes later, but his powerful drive from the top of the box hit the crossbar while English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford watched helplessly. “USA, USA” chants then abruptly erupted throughout Al Bayt Stadium.
The Three Lions, who just destroyed Iran 6-2 to start their FIFA World Cup campaign, put on a generally awful performance. The Americans’ Matt Turner had a confident outing underneath the bar, even rising up and out of his area to get past the English forwards, while the only real opportunity for the Englishmen came in the 46th minute when a stinging Mason Mount drive was expertly parried away by the US goalkeeper.
No, boring does not adequately describe this experience. It’s disappointing. The English should be dissatisfied about not playing well, and the Americans should be disappointed about not being able to finish strongly.
Jack Grealish, who came on for the second half, acknowledged the Americans’ strength. “You shouldn*t underestimate USA. They are a good side, very energetic. They have very good attackers. Christian Pulisic in particular. We knew it would be a difficult game and it was, ” Grealish said.