McKennie, Pulisic, Pepi: Players to watch for USMNT against Saudi Arabia
The U.S. men's national team will need to be better against Saudi Arabia and, more importantly, at the World Cup. That's because, against Japan, they couldn't have looked much worse.
Outplayed and outhustled last Friday, the U.S. will have a point to prove against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in their final tuneup before the World Cup. As a team, the U.S. will be desperate to show that they are more than what they showed against Japan and that they are truly a threat to be taken seriously in Qatar in November.
And the players will be desperate to make individual statements too. There are those on the fringes hoping to seal their ticket to Qatar and those that are starters that are looking to prove that Friday's letdown against Japan was an aberration, not the expectation.
"Ideally, in a perfect world, I have [my World Cup lineup ]in mind, but one thing I know is that that's not international soccer," Berhalter said.
"Do I think we have the best players in each position identified? Yes. Do I think they're all going to be available for the start of the World Cup? I don't know.
And that's just what every international manager will be dealing with right now... Even in this camp, we're missing five starters, so it just is what it is and you have to roll with it and you can't you can't use it as an excuse.
"What you need to do is give the players that are here confidence instead of worrying about the players that aren't here."
With that said, here's a look at five players to watch in Tuesday's friendly: