November 30, 2021

What we learned from the USMNT draw vs. Canada – and what to expect at Honduras | MLSSoccer.com – MLSsoccer.com

This clip is on the extreme edge of what I’m talking about, but it’s nonetheless of a piece with how the US operated through central midfield on the night. Canada created a no-fly zone and the US took it so seriously that, at times, it didn’t even occur to them to look for the ball when they were in that particular area.

Undergirding this is two things:

There was strong “god, I hope I don’t make a mistake” energy on the ball from a lot of US players, and I get it. Alphonso Davies is one of the few players in the world who can make DeAndre Yedlin look slow, and Cyle Larin is a Champions League center forward in his prime. Turnovers or a moment of inattentiveness can turn into goals in the blink of an eye, and that’s exactly happened: