The manager of the US men’s national team Gregg Berhalter praised his team’s performance under duress after they defeated Mexico 2-0 on Sunday to win the Concacaf Nations League for the third time in a row.

Tyler Adams and Giovanni Reyna, the CNL Player of the Tournament, gave the United States the lead with goals just before halftime. The USMNT’s unbeaten run versus Mexico now stands at seven games, the longest for the United States in the series, thanks to their steadfast defense.

“Today’s a final. and you could see the guys are super-focused all throughout the day,” Berhalter said.

The only team that have won the CNL is still the United States. By photoshopping the CNL trophy onto a picture of Michael Jordan raising three fingers, Berhalter disclosed that he utilized the Chicago Bulls during Jordan’s career as inspiration for his squad.

Reyna, who scored twice and provided two assists, was likewise highly praised by Berhalter.

“I think he had a great performance, 75 minutes, and he hasn’t had that much game time in a while,” Berhalter stated. He was determined to push through it and power through it, and I felt he was doing quite well. “And for him, it was just a mental thing.”

The U.S. was pushed to the brink against Jamaica in the CNL semifinal, requiring an own goal in stoppage time to equalize the game before winning with two more goals in overtime. As a result, the title was almost lost. Although he conceded that the United States will need to play better consistently in the Copa America this summer and the World Cup two years from now, Berhalter felt his team recovers well from poor performances.

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