The midfielder has now earned three senior games while making a believer out of the American head coach
American men’s boss Gregg Berhalter said he did not believe how good Gianluca Busio was until he got the midfielder in the camp, despite the constant praise of Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes.
Vermes spoke to him recently Purpose about Busio’s potential, who compares the midfielder’s game to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.
And as Busio will move to a Serie A team in Venice in a million-million transfer, Berhalter says he is now a believer after the teenager made his third USMNT cap in a 1-0 win over Canada in the Gold Cup achieved.
What did Berhalter say?
“Peter has been singing his praises for the last few years and I did not really know what he was talking about until I started working with him,” Berhalter said after the USMNT’s 1-0 win over Canada in their final in the final. Gold Cup group stage. ‘When I see this kid in exercises and games, he’s special.
“For him to handle the game the way he did and play the way he did, it shows a lot about his quality. I thought he was in an excellent position at the start of the game. Once again, we asked him to a complex role that moves upwards in attack and defense, and he could understand, comprehend and perform well. ‘
Berhalter full of praise for Sands and Robinson
Busio was not the only youngster who deserved the praise of Berhalter, who eventually scored an ugly 1-0 victory over Canada.
He also discussed the rise of Miles Robinson and James Sands, both of whom shone after captain Walker Zimmerman came off with an injury.
Robinson is seen as a player who can play in the qualifying group for the World Cup, and Berhalter has admitted that the Atlanta United defender has been tied for the past few days.
“Being fast like him makes it so much easier for your group, whether it’s jumping in or recovering behind you,” Berhalter said. ‘He had a number of one-on-one duels, I think of one in the second half against [Tajon] Buchanan, who is a really good player, and he handled it well.
“Miles took the next step and now it’s going into knockout matches. Can he recover now and then in a knockout game, can you repeat the same kind of performance?”
Sands, meanwhile, shines in a unique role that puts him in possession of the midfield.
The NYCFC youngster has shown he has a lot of skills on the ball, and Berhalter believes more is coming from Sands in the weeks and years to come.
“With James, I really liked him moving up to midfield,” Berhalter said. “He gave us a numerical advantage and we are happy with that. I think it worked very well sometimes.
‘James, in the first 20 minutes, was in my opinion one of the best players on the field. He dominated the game to step forward, win the ball, really calm on the ball, and then as it went, like most of the team, it was hard to maintain that level. ‘