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Wasn’t able to watch the game, but nothing but positive things being said so far about Berhalter.

Excited for the Gold Cup this summer. The u20 World Cup will also be taking place in Poland at the end of May. Plus qualification for the 2020 Olympics should be happening this year as well. But CONCACAF hasn’t announced anything for it yet.
 
Thought the announcers said 7K in attendance. That's pathetic, but clearly understand why fans are down.
True. But with the Royal Rumble taking place at Chase Field at the same time and the Phoenix Open golf tournament happening next weekend, it was gonna be tough to get locals to spend money on tickets on events like that and an international friendly against a Panama team that likely wouldn't draw many casual fans. Now if it was say a bigger name team in the region like say, Mexico, then that might draw a few more people out.
 
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True. But with the Royal Rumble taking place at Chase Field at the same time and the Phoenix Open golf tournament happening next weekend, it was gonna be tough to get locals to spend money on tickets on events like that and an international friendly against a Panama team that likely wouldn't draw many casual fans. Now if it was say a bigger name team in the region like say, Mexico, then that might draw a few more people out.
They really should’ve picked a small intimate venue. Like under 10K capacity. In a town that normally wouldn’t get a USMNT game.
 
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True. But with the Royal Rumble taking place at Chase Field at the same time and the Phoenix Open golf tournament happening next weekend, it was gonna be tough to get locals to spend money on tickets on events like that and an international friendly against a Panama team that likely wouldn't draw many casual fans. Now if it was say a bigger name team in the region like say, Mexico, then that might draw a few more people out.
Ballsy to suggest the Panamanian B team isn't a big draw. :ROFLMAO:
 
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From Joseph Lowery's Berhalter article today's Athletic:

"There is no doubt: Gregg Berhalter’s tactics were effective in this 3-0 win over Panama. Between playing Nick Lima as an inverted fullback, rolling out dual No. 10s, displaying a structured counter press, and defending out of a detailed block, Gregg Berhalter put his tactical nuance on display."

https://theathletic.com/789882/2019/01/28/usmnt-panama-tactics-gregg-berhalter-nick-lima/
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Pretty optimistic that Berhalter is a good choice.
 
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Tottenham dominated Dortmund 3-0 yesterday in the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16. Not bad for a team who hasn't bought a player in over a year and was playing without Harry Kane, Dele Alli and their top 2 left backs.