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What we learned from the USMNT’s October friendlies vs. Germany, Ghana

From Reyna to Balogun, we’re diving into some key October takeaways for the United States.

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Just like that, another international window is in the books for the U.S. men’s national team. In this October window, the United States had the chance to test themselves in two friendly matches, one against Germany — a 3-1 loss on Saturday — and one against Ghana — a 4-0 win on Tuesday.

“That’s what this is about, us learning as a group,” U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter said after his team’s loss to Germany. “Overall, really good learning against a top-class opponent,” he added ahead of the match against Ghana.

If the USMNT is learning, those of us that watch, think about, and talk about this team should be too. Let’s dive into some of the biggest takeaways from the United States’ pair of performances in October as the team prepares for next month, where they’ll have a chance to lock up a spot in the 2024 Copa America.

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