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USMNT boss Berhalter won’t be fired; USA confident of making World Cup

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USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter is under pressure, but he will not be fired if they lose against Canada or Cuba in the coming days.

Or anytime soon, for that matter.

That is the resounding message of support from USMNT General Manager Earnie Stewart, who spoke to reporters via a conference call on Tuesday and had to answer plenty of questions about the U.S. losing 2-0 at 69th ranked Canada last month.

Stewart batted away speculation about Berhalter’s future, as the USMNT need to win their remaining two CONCACAF Nations League Group A games against Canada in Orlando on Friday and then against Cuba, plus overturn a three-goal deficit on Canada, to reach the finals of the inaugural tournament.

“We’re looking at the future. So when I evaluate Gregg and the staff, what I’ve seen today, I’m a pleased man. An individual result is not going to change that,” Stewart said. “I’ve seen that progress, and when you look at these individual results of the Canada away game, no, we weren’t happy. We weren’t happy at all. We have now a moment to rectify that as well. This Friday is about that. We need to perform.”

Stewart then doubled down in his support of Berhalter and this group of players, led by the likes of Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and now Sergino Dest, saying he is incredibly confident of reaching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“I have no fear at all that we are not going to qualify for the World Cup. I am very, very confident of that,” Stewart added.

The former USMNT player then revealed he’s felt personally attacked by the USMNT fanbase accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) of nepotism as Jay Berhalter, Gregg’s brother, is high up in USSF and running to becoming the new CEO.

“I am the one making the decisions. All the conspiracy theories out there are very disrespectful to me and to the individuals: to Jay Berhalter, to Gregg Berhalter, myself,” Stewart said. “When people insinuate these things … I’ve worked a little bit too hard to be in the position where I’m in today to actually have people think that.”

Berhalter’s reign has seen mixed results so far, as the USMNT reached the 2019 Gold Cup final but were beaten by Mexico’s B team in the summer.

They were smashed 3-0 by Mexico’s A team in a friendly in September and the lackluster displays have infuriated the USMNT fanbase who have been hurting for over two years since the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Aside from the results, the major issues have been the possession-based style of play not seeming to suit the USMNT player pool, with so many talented youngsters struggling to adapt to what Berhalter wants, plus some player seemingly picked regardless of their performances.

So, Berhalter will stay, for now. But when is the next major flashpoint?

2022 World Cup qualifying starts next summer and if the USMNT get off to a bad start, it will be intriguing to see how Stewart and USSF react.

No matter what Stewart says this is a federation, and coach, under pressure. Let’s see if his team respond.

USMNT’s Yedlin talks goal, hesitant celebration for Newcastle

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Make it three unbeaten for Newcastle United, who used a goal from USMNT right back DeAndre Yedlin to upend Bournemouth 2-1 at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

The American got his second Premier League goal and third in 101 appearances for the Magpies, boosting them mid-table before he joined Gregg Berhalter’s national team for two decisive CONCACAF Nations League matches.

[ RECAP: Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth ]

Yedlin called it a “massive result,” noting that manager Steve Bruce has been after him to get more involved in the attack.

He also admitted it’s a challenge to score a goal that could be offside. To celebrate, or not celebrate?

“The gaffer told me to get into the box more, I knew I was going to shoot but I was a bit nervous when they were checking VAR. It is hard to celebrate and then get if you get caught offside you look a bit stupid but thankfully in the end it was given as a goal.”

Yedlin ended up in the back of the net after a flying header tied the score, and finished the day with three tackles, three clearances, and four of seven duels won.

AT HALF: Yedlin heads home equalizer for Newcastle

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DeAndre Yedlin has headed home to give Newcastle United a deserved equalizer against visiting Bournemouth on Saturday (and, of course, to give the United States men’s national team three goals on the day).

Allan Saint-Maximin had been a menace all day on the left flank, and his deflected cross was headed home by Yedlin.

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The right back’s goal is his third for Newcastle, and comes in his 101st appearance for the club. It’s also his second Premier League goal, having scored against Manchester City last season.

It was the deflection that helped Yedlin’s cause, as he might’ve not beaten VAR without it.

We didn’t get a vintage DeAndre Yedlin celebration, because the American thought he was offside.

Half-time scores, stream links

Tottenham 0-0 Sheffield United – NBCSN [STREAM]
Burnley 1-0 West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
Newcastle 1-1 Bournemouth  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
Southampton 0-1 Everton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Watch Live: Tottenham v. Sheffield United headlines 10am ET games

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Four Premier League games take place at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.

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Tottenham host Sheffield United, Bournemouth head to Newcastle, Southampton host Everton and West Ham travel to Burnley.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

[ STREAM: “Goal Rush” here ]

For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for the four games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Sheffield United – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Burnley v. West Ham – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Newcastle v. Bournemouth  – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Southampton v. Everton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Full USMNT roster for Canada, Cuba games announced

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Gregg Berhalter has completed his USMNT roster for the CONCACAF Nations League games against Canada and Cuba this month.

Nine European-based players have been added to his current squad, with Christian Pulisic, Sergino Dest, Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie, John Brooks, Tyler Boyd, DeAndre Yedlin, Tim Ream and Alfredo Morales all called up.

They join a current group of 20 players who are in a training camp this week, as players from Major League Soccer will work with Berhalter in Florida before the European based players arrive.

Youngsters Mark McKenzie, Brenden Aaronson, Djordje Mihailovic, Jeremy Ebobisse and Jonathan Lewis will depart camp before these games as they focus on U23 action.

Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan haven’t been included due to their involvement in the MLS Cup final with Toronto and Seattle respectively, while the only other key absentees in this squad are RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams and Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Zack Steffen who are both recovering from injury.

USMNT host Canada in Orlando on Nov. 15 before heading to George Town, Cayman Islands to play against Cuba on Nov. 19.

The pivotal clashes see the USMNT up against it after they lost 2-0 to Canada last time out in the CONCACAF Nations League.

To reach the knockout round of the first-ever Nations League, Berhalter’s side have to win both of their games and make up a three-goal deficit on Group A leaders Canada.

Below is the USMNT squad in full.


USA squad for Canada, Cuba games in November

GOALKEEPERS (3)Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 62/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (10): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 37/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 9/0), Sergiño Dest (Ajax/NED; 2/0), Chase Gasper (Minnesota United FC; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 9/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 14/2), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 12/0), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 38/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 60/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 11/2)

MIDFIELDERS (5)Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 12/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 17/6), Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 14/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 20/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 4/0)

FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 30/5), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 4/0), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas/TUR; 8/2), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 34/14), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 11/3), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 54/10)