Berhalter is pleased that Musah is emerging as a “connector” for the USMNT
Gregg Berhalter was full of praise for Yunus Musah when the young midfielder shone in his first appearance officially committed to the U.S. men’s team.
Along with Musah Kellyn Acosta and Sebastian Lletget he started on a three-man midfield after the young Valencia man continued to play in the middle after playing mainly on the wing of his club.
In that midfield task, Musah performed brilliantly once again, beating Jamaica 4-1 as a key connector.
What did Berhalter have to say?
“I thought it was solid,” Berhalter said. “Imagine this, he hasn’t played that position with us since last November and it’s gratifying to have a performance like that.
“I thought he did a very good job. I agree with what you’re saying: it was a connector. It was a very, very easy but effective game tonight. It closed the space well.
“Everything looked easy, and I think it was very, very strong.”
International history of Musah
18-year-old midfielder was recently named on the Goal 2021 NxGn listHe was born in New York, but entered the Arsenal academy at the age of 9, having previously also lived in Italy.
Musah replaced England from U-15 to U-18 before joining for the first time in the USMNT.
Appearing in friendly matches against Panama and Wales, England leader Gareth Southgate soon admitted that he was interested in joining Musah.
However, the Valencia midfielder recently confirmed that he has a full commitment to move forward in the US.
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Musah was a bright spot for the US in the Jamaican victory as he once again flourished in that midfield role.
He didn’t score as Sebastian Lletget as a pair of midfielders, but Musah calmly tied the play and was sure to get the ball on the field in his 73rd minute.
Musah also received help in the debut of Sergino Dest, although the Barcelona full-back would get the most credit for his stunning finish from outside the area.
In total, he won four duels competing in 92 percent of his passes on Musah Day and put up two key passes from midfield.
Now committed to the USMNT, Musah is expected to compete in the starting role in Berhalter’s midfield, as are Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, both of whom are not in the national team.