By Michael Lewis
The U.S. men’s national team might not be finishing up the year in Austria, after all.
The Americans could play one more international match in December.
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter revealed Sunday the team could play next month. If that occurs, it most likely will be domestic-based players be in or around or after the MLS Playoffs Cup Dec. 12. By then, all but two Major League Soccer clubs will have completed their seasons.
The USMNT team plays the second of its European games against Panama at Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Wiener Neustadt, Austria Monday at 2:45 p.m.
“It may not be our last game this year,” Berhalter said during a Zoom call with the media. “Just as a heads up, you know, we may play in December. We’re trying to play in December. Hopefully, that gets done. But it will certainly be the last time this group is together this year.”
After playing Wales to a scoreless draw Thursday, Berhalter said that he would like to see a W and not a T next to the score of the Monday’s result.
“Anytime we’re together, we’re stressing on them is we want to compete to win games,” he said. “We’re on the field against the Concacaf opponent and we want to win the game. We want to end this experience with the group [European-based players] on a high note.”
Earlier Sunday U.S. Soccer announced that the U.S. women’s national team would play the Netherlands in an international friendly in Breda Nov. 27.