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It's 11 points in 6 games. Let's take a look at our last 6 matches ...

1. El Salvador 0–0 @El Salvador
2. Canada 1–1 @United States
3. Honduras 4–1 @Honduras
4. Jamaica 2–0 @United States
5. Panama 0–1 @Panama
6. Costa Rica 2-1 @United States

Let's be clear, along with Mexico, we have the best talent in the region. Canada is driven by 2 very good forwards, but does not compare to the overall talent of Mexico and the US. Note: we have NOT played Mexico yet and tied Canada at home when they were missing one of their best players ... and I believe one of their better midfielders. It's not like they were at full strength either.

* The El Salvador draw on the road isn't a bad result in hindsight. They're a decent side. However, we still have better talent ... and Gio, Pulisic, & McKennie were available.

* Draw against Canada at home. That was not a good result. Like I said, Canada also missed their best players. Furthermore, Canada took it to the US in the latter half of the match. We didn't look good.

* Win @Honduras was our best result. The 2H was the best we looked under Berhalter. We responded to adversity.

* Win @home vs. Jamaica - we did fine against a shorthanded squad. We were also missing Gio and Pulisic.

* Loss @Panama. Not a good result after watching Canada dismantle Panama last night. We didn't have a chance with the line up Berhalter put out. The criticism of Berhalter was justified.

* Win against CR @home. We got the result. El Tico is not a good squad. I give credit for the US to not panicking giving up a goal so ear!y.

Berhalter is doing the minimum. I'm not calling for his termination (that's dumb) ... but the criticism is earned. That said, he deserves credit for getting the team to perform when backed against the wall ... but some of it was also due to Berhalter missteps.

We're on track, but certainly not doing better than expected with 2 matches vs. Mexico left as well as a match @Canada. We're on track for the World Cup, but not exceeding expectations. We shouldn't be fighting for 2nd place against Canada with a game in Canada left. Note: Canada also got a draw in Azteca. We have not played in Azteca yet.

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Posted: 10/14/2021 at 09:59AM


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  I'm not sure anyone is. -- Lucius 10/14/2021 09:45AM
  Ya he miscalculated on Panama, but beating CR is huge. ** -- fishbowlwahoo 10/13/2021 9:46PM

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