In the latest episode of On Frame, Pro Soccer USA’s Glenn Crooks dissects the specifics of United States men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter’s system with the commissioner of the Elite Clubs National League, Jason Kutney. Crooks and Kutney take a close look at Berhalter’s mandate to build from the back, which led to a multitude of questions and criticism following the 3-0 loss to Mexico at MetLife Stadium last week.
Kutney, the former sporting director of the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds, agrees with Berhalter’s tactics.
“The American society is not very patient,” Kutney said. “We want things to be perfect now, but it’s not going to be something overnight. We don’t see all the intricacies of what’s going into it. We just see the result. They’re trying to build for something that is really going to come into fruition years from now and we’re hoping it takes place today.”
The ECNL commissioner also said he believes in Berhalter’s ability to teach his tactics in a way that USMNT players can comprehend and will allow them to grow.
“I’ve had the opportunity to watch Gregg coach when he was in MLS,” Kutney said. “He runs a tremendous training session and gets guys on the same page. He did a great job at Columbus and I think it’s just going to come down to, does he have that time to build the tolerance for mistakes?”