By Steve Keating
AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 21 (Reuters) – After a close 1-1 draw against Wales in their World Cup opener on Monday, United States manager Gregg Berhalter said his team had little time to recover. before facing England.
With the Group B leaders their next opponents after England’s 6-2 win over Iran, Berhalter said his team won’t need additional ice baths or massages to get ready.
“The recovery is to play against England, one of the teams that we think is the favorites of the tournament. The road ahead is the next game, it’s quite a short road,” said Berhalter.
Friday’s game could go a long way in determining whether the Americans will advance to the next round.
On their World Cup return in eight years, the United States looked poised for a winning comeback, dominating much of the game, particularly in the first half where they took a 1-0 lead on Timothy Weah’s 36th-minute goal.
But the young Americans couldn’t take the pressure after the break, with Wales equalizing thanks to a Gareth Bale penalty in the 82nd minute, denying the United States all three points.
“Going into the locker room after the game, you could see the disappointment in the group. But I think when you look at the effort and when you look at how we played for most of the game, I think we’ll be fine and build on that,” Berhalter said.
The United States has played England 11 times, but they have only managed two wins and one draw. (Reporting by Steve Keating. Editing in Spanish by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)