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This must be the USMNT’s year of experimentation

The pressure is on for the U.S. men’s national team as they march towards 2026, but this year should still be a time to try new things. If not now, then when?

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These are grim days for U.S. Soccer, bad enough that trying to capture their vibe sounds like we're kicking off the opening crawl to a Star Wars film.

"It is a dark time for the [U.S. men's national team;]" "Turmoil has engulfed the [federation];" "It is a period of civil war;" etc…

There are zero winners from the Berhalter-Reyna fracas that came to light last week, just a group of one-time friends who should have done better at every juncture and a woman who should not have had to deal with any of it. It seems especially grave to followers of the team since the quarrel, and the assorted mistakes that have come to light as a result of it, could have a direct impact on the two biggest questions surrounding the USMNT right now. First, what happened with Gio Reyna at the World Cup (and how will it affect him going forward)? And second, who will be the coach in 2026 and the years leading up to it? We can scratch off the list at least one bald former player who has only been the head coach of two clubs before getting offered the job.

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