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World Cup: USA ‘enforced England’, claims ex-USA striker Herculez Gomez

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The United States ‘made England respect them’ by forcing the Three Lions ‘into their shell’, insists former United States international Herculez Gomez… but ESPN pundit says fans ‘should feel that they deserved more” against Wales

Praise for the United States men’s national team continued to spill over into the football media following the team’s 0-0 draw with a more talented England side.

Gregg Berhalter’s side picked up a point against tournament favorites England after shutting out the Three Lions in a scoreless stalemate at the World Cup in Qatar on Black Friday.

The United impressed against the Three Lions and had arguably the best chances with Christian Pulisic smashing a strike against the crossbar in a thrilling affair at the Qatar World Cup.

USMNT earned a confidence point in their 0-0 draw with England

USA dominate with Christian Pulisic even hitting the crossbar with a chance to lead

USA dominate with Christian Pulisic even hitting the crossbar with a chance to lead

ESPN’s Herculez Gomez – a former USMNT international – praised the team during the Futbol Americas show with co-host Sebastian Salazar.

“There are results and then there are performances,” Gomez said. “You can get a result, it doesn’t necessarily mean you did a great performance. They did a great performance.

“It was risky and we’ll get to that, but the performance in general, the way they made England respect them, the way they made England sit up – you win this respect, you bring a team into its shell through your play, that was definitely something to hang your hat on for this young – very young – US men’s national team.

Gomez also remarked that this side were way more forward than when they drew 1-1 with Wales to open the group stage.

“What was a marked difference from the game against Wales was that once the United States lost control of the game against Wales, they never seemed to get it back” , explained Gomez.

ESPN's Herculez Gomez praised the USA in their 0-0 draw with the English on Friday

ESPN’s Herculez Gomez praised the USA in their 0-0 draw with the English on Friday

Gomez claimed young Americans returned the favor when England threw the punches

Gomez claimed young Americans returned the favor when England threw the punches

The former USA international claimed the national team made England respect them

The former USA international claimed the national team made England respect them

“This game had its ups and downs, but usually every time England threw a punch, the United States responded.

“Not only did they respond in possession and those periods of possession, but they responded in the way they tackled and the way they covered the pitch and they made the opposition respect their speed. Respect- them one on one. Respect how dangerous they can be. Respect how brash they were at times.

Gomez also appeared to notice a difference in performance for England – who beat Iran 6-2 to open their 2022 World Cup campaign.

Even with Harry Kane in attack for England, the Three Lions were held to just eight shots

Even with Harry Kane in attack for England, the Three Lions were held to just eight shots

He even went so far as to claim that Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate made his team look ‘mediocre’.

“This English team didn’t look like the same English team that beat Iran by six goals. It looked like a different team and credit goes to the United States Men’s National Team for earning that respect against them.

“Gareth Southgate has an array of talent at his disposal, and yet he made them look mediocre. He made them adopt a defensive posture and never brought them out.

Three of England's shots were on target - all saved by Matt Turner in goal

Three of England’s shots were on target – all saved by Matt Turner in goal

Gomez pointed out that this American team was very different from the one that showed up to face Wales – especially in the way they reacted to pressure.

“When they got punched in the face against Wales they hunkered down, they became a small team in a defensive position to absorb the pressure.

“That was not the case today. I think they learned from that game against Wales. And that should make a lot of fans mourn over what they saw. That should make a lot of fans feel like they deserved more.

Gomez pointed out that this American team was very different from the one facing Wales

Gomez pointed out that this American team was very different from the one facing Wales

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