On a day Gregg Berhalter picked up a big W for the USMNT, he apologized for his actions after a big L.
The United States boss neglected to clap up the away fans after Canada controlled his Yanks in CONCACAF Nations League play last month, and the traveling fans most certainly noticed his absence.
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On Monday, Berhalter released an apology to the American Outlaws, the unofficial supporters group of the USMNT with well over 100 chapters nationwide. He admits he should’ve come across the field, and vows that “only a win will suffice” when the Yanks meet Canada for the return leg next month in Orlando.
“This is a team, and against Canada on November 15 you may be our most important player. Like you’ve done so many times before, if you have our back at Exploria Stadium, we promise you that each and every player who steps on the field will put forth an effort that will make you proud to say ‘I believe’ and mark another step in the process as we move to 2022.”
It’s a nice sentiment by Berhalter, and U.S. Soccer really needs all its components pulling in the same direction. That includes fans in the stands, and plenty of U.S. supporters have been steering clear in recent months. A draw or loss in front of an less-than-full house would not just doom the U.S. hopes in the CNL, it would possibly spell the end of Berhalter’s tenure at USMNT boss.