Gregg Berhalter on the ‘evaluation process’ of the June international window

The United States men’s national team is set to close the June international window with a visit to El Salvador’s Cuscatlán Stadium on Tuesday night for Concacaf Nations League action. 

The match comes as the last of a four-game run that kicked off with friendlies against Morocco and Uruguay before a 5-0 CNL triumph over Granada. But while the American side easily outperformed the Spice Boyz, head coach Gregg Berhalter knows El Salvador is a whole different challenge. 

“We’re pleased with the game on Friday. Any time you beat an opponent 5-0 at any level, I think is good. Any time you limit them to zero shots on goal, that’s important. So we were pleased with that performance. You can only play against your opponent on the field, right, and we have to take care of business and we did that on Friday, we put ourselves in a good position,” Berhalter said. 

“El Salvador will be a different opponent. They’ll be more aggressive, I think they’ll be a higher pressing, better counter-pressing, and away from home. So for us, it’s how do we deal with those elements and then how do we put a good performance in a way from home, that we haven’t always done since we’ve been together? So that’s certainly going to be a challenge for this group. We know it’s the last game before we go on break from each other, and we want to end on a good note.”

Beyond the Concacaf tournament, Berhalter has been very vocal about using this extensive window to test formations and players as the team prepares for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.