USA-Venezuela Preview: U.S. buildup to Gold Cup continues

The USA continues its preparations for the Gold Cup on Sunday when it faces Venezuela in its second and final tuneup in Cincinnati.

USMNT Schedule:
June 9: Venezuela (friendly) at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
June 18: Guyana (Gold Cup) at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn.
June 22: Trinidad & Tobago  (Gold Cup) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
June 26: Panama (Gold Cup) at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.
June 30: Quarterfinal (Gold Cup, if necessary) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
July 3: Semifinal (Gold Cup, if necessary) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
July 7: Final (Gold Cup, if necessary) at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.

Coming off a very poor showing in the 1-0 loss to Jamaica on Wednesday, the USA will be looked upon to put on a better performance.

On Saturday, Coach Gregg Berhalter said the goal will be to create more goal-scoring chances -- the USA has only one shot on goal against Jamaica -- and maintain stability in the back.

Berhalter's bottom line: It's all about building his players up and shaping the team for the start of the Gold Cup, which is still nine days away.

That's means no Tyler Adams, who has yet to arrive in camp, that means no Christian Pulisic, who just arrived in camp this week and has been doing individual training, that means no Michael Bradley, who is recovering from a hamstring injury and the same for Jonathan Lewis.

Berhalter said Jozy Altidore will play for the first time since 2017 though less than 90 minutes, and he will give "limited minutes" to Tyler Boyd, who filed a switch of association after starting his international career with New Zealand and whom Berhalter is high on for his ability to get down the wing and his ability to finish.

"We're going to continue to progress this group," Berhalter said. "You will see a more representative of what could be a potential lineup. We know we're still missing some players, and that's fine. The whole idea of these two games was to build the team. We came in with an Olympic/national team group. We transitioned into more of a national team group, and now we're getting more of the Gold Cup group prepared. It's not going to be our end lineup, but you have to deal with these things as they come."

Berhalter on La Vinotinto: "We see Venezuela having a mix between some decent high pressure that we are going to have to be prepared to play through. They have good counterattacking speed on the wings. And they have a very good striker."

DYK.  The USA is unbeaten with a 3-0-2 record in five matches against Venezuela.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Sean Johnson (NYCFC; 7/0), 22-Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), 1-Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew; 9/0)
DEFENDERS (8): 14-Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 10/1), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Atlas/MEX; 50/3), 2-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 3/0), 23-Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls; 5/0), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 4/0), 19-Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 13/1), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 29/1), 5-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 6/2)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 145/17), 20-Duane Holmes (Derby County/ENG; 1/0), 8-Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 8/1), 10-Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 25/10), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 10/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; 16/0)
FORWARDS (6): 17-Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC; 110/41), 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 22/3), 21-Tyler Boyd (Vitoria Guimaeres/POR; 0/0), 18-Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 4/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 27/5), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 44/7).
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals.
1 comment about "USA-Venezuela Preview: U.S. buildup to Gold Cup continues".
  1. Wooden Ships, June 9, 2019 at 4:16 p.m.

    Well, that was one heck of a “System” display. 

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