The narrative is that Saturday's USA-Trinidad & Tobago game in Cleveland is a chance for revenge for the greatest loss in the history of American soccer.
For U.S. coach Gregg
, it's just the second game in the Gold Cup, a chance to clinch a berth in the quarterfinals, depending on the outcome of Saturday's first game in Group D, Panama-Guyana.
“For us,” said Berhalter, “I think it’s just step by step.
Knowing that Trinidad & Tobago are a good opponent, we have an objective as a group right now to make it to the knockout rounds, and it’s step by step right now.”
Americans who played in the Oct. 10, 2017, game at Ato Boldon Stadium are on the U.S. Gold Cup roster. Ten members of the Soca Warriors are still around. T&T held the USA to a lone goal scored by
at the start of the second half, but it held on for a 2-1 win, just its second in 10 games in the Hexagonal. Couva Survivors: USA:
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Berhalter respects what Dennis Lawrence, who remains T&T coach, has done with the Soca Warriors and considers them a good test for his team that has struggled to break
down opponents. That was the case in March when the USA had a huge edge in possession against Ecuador but needed a fluke goal from Gyasi Zardes
to win, 1-0.
tough team to break down,” Berhalter said of T&T. “They’re good at staying tight in a low block defensively, and they’ve got a lot of experience within their squad.
It’s going to be a good challenge for us.”
To do that, Berhalter says the same thing he has said since taking over the USA in December.
“Speed of ball
movement will be key,” he said. “Getting in behind their backline, trying to put balls in between their back line and their goalkeeper, really putting pressure on their defense.”