He said there should be no doubt about his players being up for the match.
"We can play at an intense level," he said. "Our goal is in that intensity to be calm and still execute our game. That's what I'm looking for. The intensity, that's something that we can do. When you think about American teams, the heritage of who we are as a soccer nation, intensity comes right along with it. When I think about the best teams we've had, certainly relentless and intense is what comes to mind. For me it's about, can we still be calm in these moments? Can we still execute our game plan whether we're at home or on the road?"
Steffen in goal. Berhalter said Zack Steffen, who sat out Friday's 7-0 win over Cuba, would start in goal. The one question mark was Josh Sargent, who rolled his ankle in the Cuba but stayed in the game. “We’re working through that now," Berhalter said.
Berhalter did not say whether Reggie Cannon or DeAndre Yedlin would start at right back, but he did say he was impressed with how far Cannon has come since the beginning of the year when he struggled at the January camp.
“In the Gold Cup — and I told this before — when he was playing in the semifinal," he said, "it was just because he was a good player and he was ready. It wasn’t anything more than that. It was a guy doing his job and being ready to perform. He performed well then, he performed well in the September camp and I think he performed well again on Friday night.”
Berhalter also did not say whether Christian Pulisic would start in midfield or on the left wing, like he did against Cuba, but he defended his decision to pull the Chelsea player after he scored the seventh U.S. goal from the penalty spot.
"He felt good," he said. "He wanted to continue to play. For us, that's not what it was about. It was about can we also be ready for the next game. But I think we learned a lot in that game, and I mentioned before, we're always learning from Christian. He's such a high-level player that he gives you things that you didn't think were possible. We learned from him and it was a good game to see some things out of him."