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National Team Notebook: USMNT offers encouraging signs in 0-0 draw against Wales

The United States Men’s National Team played to a 0-0 stalemate against Wales on Thursday with a youthful squad composed of almost entirely non-MLS players.

The United States looked like what I expected for a team at this point in Gregg Berhalter’s cycle with the roster he called and the amount of time he had with the squad. That is to say, the Americans played an exciting brand of possession-based football with intense pressing against an inferior side, but lacked the sharpness or personnel to be effective in the final third.

There was an immense amount of hype heading into this game, given the USA hasn’t played in 10 months, and that many of the highly touted prospects from the pool were given opportunities to shine.