Brian McBride, hired last week as general manager of the beleaguered United States men’s national team program, liked a lot of what he saw from the squad in 2019 in coach Gregg Berhalter’s first full year at the helm. He also saw plenty of room for improvement, with one area in particular sticking out.
“Certainly I think there was a need for some pride sometimes,” McBride, who played in three World Cups for the USMNT, said Monday on a conference call with reporters. “Sometimes we may have lacked a bit of that effort.
“At times there was a lack of real focus and determination,” he added.