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At least the stumbling US men’s team don’t need to worry about overcelebrating

The US have fielded weakened teams in their two recent defeats. But even so their performances have lacked intensity, fluidity ... and goals

The boos from the stands at Nippert Stadium at half-time on Sunday were the sounds of Gregg Berhalter’s honeymoon period coming to a screeching halt. The US trudged off the field 3-0 down to Venezuela in Cincinnati, four days after a 1-0 loss to Jamaica in Washington DC. It’s not pleasant to be home-schooled on the eve of your biggest games since 2017.

At least there was no danger of these Americans being accused of over-celebrating. But the defeats were morale-sappers ahead of the group stage of the Concacaf Gold Cup, which sees the US kick off against Guyana in Minnesota on Tuesday before facing Trinidad & Tobago and Panama.

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