"We still play with fear against them, and that is what I can't really live with. That needs to change," "We have to go and play like we're good enough to be out there, be confident and play without thinking twice about it. That's how it needs to be, and that's just not where we're at right now." - Christian Pulisic after the 3-0 loss to Mexico https://www.90min.com/posts/6450689...ared-usmnt-performance-after-defeat-to-mexico The USMNT has been a different animal in recent generations. In previous generations, fear was not a problem...talent and experience was the problem. The 1990 World Cup squad may have lacked talent, but they were not afraid. The same goes for the 1994 squad, etc., all the way through generations of guys like Balboa, Ramos, Pope, Sanneh, Wynalda, Hejduk, Cobi Jones, Demarcus Beasley, and of course Donovan and Dempsey. They were not afraid. They may have been limited, but they were in matches to win them, no matter who they played. Today's USMNT just can't seem to figure out how not to be afraid of teams who play to win. The masculine culture of American soccer seems to have been replaced by an "everyone is better than us" mentality. It's the same mentality that you see where fans are essentially begging to cap dual nationals and to chase after people. There's no confidence in what is here, no appreciation of American culture and contributions, and no belief in our own people. When Mexico plays, they play with national pride. They play for their people. They play to humiliate the Americans. How does the current USMNT respond? By not digging in, by allowing themselves to be pushed around, and by allowing a less-talented team to dictate physicality on the field. Yes, the USMNT is MORE TALENTED than that Mexico squad. On paper, the US should be piling up Dos-a-Cero's. The difference is in the minds of the players. Mexico believes, the US doesn't. Mexico wants the battle, the US doesn't. Mexico wants to win no matter what, the US wants to win only when its easy. There is a big youth element to that lack of belief. However, there should also be a bit of excessive belief by some of these young players. I just don't see it. Personally, I think it's a cultural thing. US players grow up hearing about how awful the United States is and how much better everyone else is. Mexican players grow up knowing exactly who they are and what is expected of them in the national team...they're expected to be a source of pride for the nation. US players are just trying not to get caught up in sociopolitical drama. Do they even have an idea of who they represent and why they represent them? Do they have a sense of pride for the fight? Do they have the sense of pride that led Demarcus Beasley to continually challenge himself in his career and to execute and get results with the national team? Do they have the pride that Oguchi Onyewu exhibited against Spain, Mexico and so many others when he did what it took to preserve results and intimidate those who tried to intimidate him? Where is the pride that overshadows reticence? Where is the belief that overshadows fear?