Reaction: Five takes on USA 0, England 0

American media hailed the U.S. performance while the British press pointed to the game's dullness.

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1. 'Yawn in the USA'

British tabloids couldn't resist an allusion to Bruce Springsteen's hit to describe the scoreless tie. All three also included a shot from the stands of Georgina Irwin, fiancee to England backup goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, to illustrate the lack of excitement from the scoreless tie.

2. USA better ... 'But they did not win'

"Led by Tyler Adams and Hershey’s Christian Pulisic, the Americans out-shot England by a 10-8 margin at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar. For long stretches of the game, they were so clearly the better team that even the millions of soccer novices who watched after their Black Friday shopping could have understood which team should be winning. But they did not win, which means a victory in Tuesday’s group stage finale against Iran is required to advance." — Jonathan Tannenwald (Philadelphia Inquirer)

3. 'No beer but plenty of boos'

"The battle between football and soccer was played out last night in a bedouin tent pitched in the middle of the Qatar desert. It ended with a scoreless draw as boring as the debate about the name of the game." — The Times of London

4. USA's '4-4-2 wrinkle helped out'


"England helped by not pushing the game on the U.S., really, until the last 15 minutes or so. But the team was organized and that 4-4-2 wrinkle helped out there. The U.S. were pressing, didn't make it easy on them and got a great effort from everybody. If anything,

"I would've made the substitute changes a little earlier. The legs started to look tired around the 65th, 70th minute and some fresher legs would have made a difference. Credit to Gregg, though, this was a strong result."
Bruce Arena, the USA World Cup 2002 and 2006 coach, from his report card for MLSSoccer.com.

5. Lineker: 'Poor performance' from 'talented bunch'


6 comments about "Reaction: Five takes on USA 0, England 0".
  1. R2 Dad, November 26, 2022 at 7:26 a.m.

    As soon as Henderson came on everyone knew they were settling for a draw. Meant little for England still at the top of the table; US is still 3rd so, well done?

  2. Michael In Bruges, November 26, 2022 at 11:15 a.m.

    The English reaction, in media and online, was so clearly colored by expectations - England was shut down by the Americans' work rate and organization in midfield, making them unable to slice apart the defense like they did against Iran (and for the first 15 minutes of this match). They looked like they had no answers and so the English reaction was to call it a bore and a chore of a match, to dismiss it as an English failure rather than an American success, when it was in fact a fascinating tactical win for the Americans. For me it was one of the more intensely fought and exciting 0-0 games in recent memory. 

  3. Chris Wasdyke replied, November 26, 2022 at 4:22 p.m.

    Honestly, outside of that run in 2002 this was probably the best game I've ever seen the US play at a world cup.  It should be an epiphany moment to realize we are not second rate anymore.  

  4. Greedy Striker, November 26, 2022 at 11:29 a.m.

    Berhalter got his tactics right and the USA midfield trio of Musah, McKennie and Adams were dominant! The back four is shaky defensively and there's zero threat from #9 position. Stay organized against Iran and hopefully a goal comes from someone.

  5. Arthur Behn replied, November 26, 2022 at 11:44 a.m.

    US was actually in a 4-4-2. 4 mids not a trio and no 9.

  6. beautiful game, November 26, 2022 at 1:59 p.m.

    The England tempo from the start and counter-attacking posture was a not to lose plan.

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