Gregg Berhalter warns USMNT not to underestimate ‘formidable’ Wales

United States Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has warned his players not to underestimate Wales in their World Cup opener.

The Stars and Stripes head into their Group B opener against the Dragons on Monday as slight favorites, thanks largely to possessing Champions League and top-flight talents such as Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna, and Tyler Adams.

However, Wales still have a number of dangerous players in their armory – not least Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey – and are easily capable of stinging the USMNT if they let their guard down.

USMNT vs Wales H2H record

“I think that, at least to the American media, Wales is underrated,” Berhalter told reporters. “When I look at their squad, it’s basically a Premier League squad.

“To me, it’s a really good squad, a formidable squad. They’ve been in international competition before, they know what it’s like. And it’s going to be a very difficult game.”

Following their clash against Wales, the United States face England (November 25), and Iran (November 29) to close out their group stage journey.

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