The USMNT earned four points in World Cup Qualifying this past FIFA International window. Two goals from USA wonder-kid Christian Pulisic earned a win against Trinidad and Tobago. In an even more impressive display, the Yanks earned a draw against Mexico away at the Azteca (their third point ever there in World Cup Qualifying). In the match against Mexico, Michael Bradley did this. You should turn the volume on for this one.
— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 12, 2017
Since the final whistle blew at the Azteca, multiple writers have released their thoughts on how the International Break went for the USMNT. Most if not all of these writers are more talented than I am, so I will link off to the best of the best from the USMNT fallout. Will Parchman of Top Drawer Soccer wrote about how Christian Pulisic has become indispensable for the USMNT. Matthew Doyle over on MLSSoccer.com wrote how Bruce Arena drew inspiration from Costa Rica in his tactical approach against Mexico. Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two goes over the tactical differences between Bruce Arena and Jurgen Klinsmann. And Jon Arnold of Goal.com gave readers a Mexican National Team perspective.
Finally, here are a couple of tweets to satiate you stat nerds (I say that lovingly).
Fast national numbers for USA-Mexico qualifier: Univision/UDN averaged 4.5 million viewers. Best soccer audience for 2017. FS1 = 2.3 million
— Austin Karp (@AustinKarp) June 12, 2017
#USMNT in good shape to qualify for WC (SPI: 87%); margin for error is still thin.
Home loss to CRC in Sept. drops U.S. chances to ~65%.
— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 12, 2017
In the video Manny Lagos and Academy Director, Tim Miller talk about the upcoming Academy teams for Minnesota United. At the end of the trials, MNUFC will name 20 full-time players for their U-14 and U-13 squads. Players who are under 12 will be named to the pre-development academy. If you look really closely, you’ll be able to see a certain Englishman giving the youngsters some pointers.
— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) June 9, 2017
— TheSannehFoundation (@Sannehfdn) June 9, 2017
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