The US Men’s National Team takes on Iran in the biggest match since the 2014 knockout stage loss to Belgium. The US has had some positives to hang their hat on through 180 minutes plus stoppage time, a lot of stoppage time. The midfield held up well against England and Wales. The defense has not allowed a goal outside of a Free Kick. The attack is still leaving a lot to be desired. Christian Pulisic and Timonthy Weah have been good on the wings. But there has been a lack of creativity plaguing the USMNT for a while. I think the USA needs Gio Reyna today. He has the creativity to draw a penalty, find a through ball, or finish in a tight spot. I think we need to use him as a false 9.
The midfield has been the best part of the USMNT, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone who watching the team regularly. Tyler Adams-Weston McKinnie, and Yunus Musah play well as a 3-man midfield. I don’t want to mess that up. By moving Reyna to striker, you can keep your 3-man midfield that has played well together, while getting Reyna’s creativity and quality on the field.
The US Needs to Win the Game
Iran is going to sit back. A draw will get the Iranians through. The US needs to win the game. We’ve scored 1 goal in our first 2 games of the World Cup. We scored 0 in our last 2 warmup games coming into Qatar. Something needs to change with Greg Berhalter’s setup. Gio Reyna can create in the middle of the field, take attention away from Pulisic and Weah, and finish in front of goal. There have been some reports that Berhalter and Reyna don’t see eye to eye off the field. If that’s the case, Greg Berhalter needs to put personal feelings aside and get Reyna in the starting 11. The USA needs Gio Reyna today if we want our 2022 World Cup to live past November 29th.