What were the main takeaways from this game?
Sam Stejskal, soccer staff writer: This was the stiffest test for the USMNT in more than a year — and it’s hard to say that the Americans passed.
The first half was relatively even, but the Swiss took firm control in the second, overrunning an American defense that struggled to stay organized. The absence (again) of Adams, a rangy, defensively stout midfielder, was glaring, but the issues extended beyond the No. 6 position.
The U.S. allowed Switzerland too much space on the ball in the midfield and didn’t do a good enough job of tracking runners in behind. Dest, in particular, had a difficult night, struggling to balance his desire to get forward and join the attack with his defensive responsibilities at left back.
Did anyone make a strong case to start against Honduras?
Paul Tenorio, soccer staff writer: Aaronson had a solid first half, especially for an opponent as strong as Switzerland, and that will make for a difficult decision for Berhalter: Can you get Pulisic, Aaronson, Weston McKennie, Reyna and Yunus Musah on the field together? Probably not.
Perhaps if you are willing to push McKennie back to the No. 6 role if Adams can’t go. Mark McKenzie played well at center back next to John Brooks, and his performance might be enough to stay ahead of the more experienced Matt Miazga in the pecking order.
What changes should we expect ahead of Nations League?
Tenorio: Switzerland’s ability to exploit the space behind Dest on a couple occasions might cause some concerns about starting Dest on the left against Honduras with Alberth Elis lurking. That could open up an opportunity for Antonee Robinson at left back while moving Dest to the right, where he will have a bit more freedom to push forward.
Sargent had some bright moments, but wasn’t able to finish. That could open the door for Jordan Siebatcheu to step into the No. 9 role against Honduras. Most importantly, we’ll see Pulisic and Steffen return from their clubs, and the Champions League final, and step right into their normal starting roles.
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