The United States Men’s National Team shouldn’t be happy heading into their match on Wednesday against Honduras.
They simply were not good enough at home against Canada. In a match that should have seen them walking away with three points, the U.S. now only has two points in two matches.
The USMNT was able to get out in front of Canada with a beautiful goal in the 55th minute. Antonee Robinson sent a great ball to Brenden Aaronson who was one of the lone bright spots on the night.
But unfortunately moments later, Canada would strike on the counterattack. The goal was the result of some poor defending as John Brooks just turned off and left his man with a wide open net after receiving a pass from Alphonso Davies.
Matt Turner was left out to dry by his back line. There was nothing he could do to stop the shot from going in. While he might have seemed slow to react, even with cat-like reflexes he wouldn’t have been able to stop the ball from going in the net.
Turner actually had a decent performance once again getting the start in net. With Zack Steffen leaving USMNT camp due to contracting COVID-19, Turner is likely to start all three games. A dominant performance could solidify his spot as the top goalkeeper for the stars and stripes.
On the other side of the pitch, Tajon Buchanan came into the game as a sub in the 65th minute and did what he always does. The Revolution winger was using his pace to blow by defenders and nearly gave Canada the lead late in the match.
While it was only a draw, Canada must have felt like they won. They were able to withstand the United States attack and nearly ended up victorious. With only 28 percent possession, Canada was able to tally the same amount of chances created and big chances as the U.S.
The pressure will be on the USMNT when they play on Wednesday, anything but a win could mean the end of Gregg Berhalter’s time as the manager of the national team. Canada on the other hand will be feeling confident when they go up against El Salvador on the same night.