KRIS LINDSAY - Thursday, April 3, 2014
The USMNT classic with Mexico was a tale of two halves, with the U.S. drawing 2-2 with Mexico.
Here are the player ratings for the Americans:
Nick Rimando - 6.5 Nothing that he could do on either of the two goals, and made some spectacular aerial saves that may have given Mexico the lead otherwise.
Michael Parkhurst - 5.5 Played better in the defensive half than he did going forward. Passing was a little suspect.
Omar Gonzalez - 5.5 Got lost in a pick on Rafa Marquez's goal in the second half, but had several key clearances and ultimately played better than in previous matches. Was caught ball watching on the second goal.
Matt Besler - 6.0 Was quiet throughout the night, but was solid in defense. Had some key passes to relieve pressure in the back.
Tony Beltran 6.0 - Was crucial on the second goal, playing the ball in perfectly to Michael Bradley. Was caught a few times going forward, leaving a lot of space for Layun on the right side.
Brad Davis - 6.5 Superb service on set pieces. Was caught on the ball a few times, but his crossing was game changing.
Kyle Beckerman - 6.0 Played aggressively in the defensive midfield, played very good one-touch passing, and was a good link between the attack and the defense.
Graham Zusi - 5.5 Was active moving at the top of the box, but contributed to the lack of midfield presence during the first 15 minutes of the second half.
Michael Bradley - 7.0 Fantastic vision in the midfield. Was in a great position on his goal, and had an even better header pass to Chris Wondolowski on the second goal.
Chris Wondolowski - 6.5 Scored a classic Wondolowski-style goal, being in the right place at the right time. Was it enough to get him to the World Cup? Yet to be seen.
Clint Dempsey - 6.0 Was more lively in the attack during this game than he has been in previous game, but still lacked the killer instinct that gets him into dangerous positions.
Landon Donovan - 5.0 Seemed a little hesitant with the ball, and struggled to take on and beat defenders.
Julian Green - 5.5 Looked a little jittery in his first appearance, but was confident enough to take on a few players and did so with some success.
Eddie Johnson - 5.0 Was unlucky to get his goal called back, but struggled heavily with his first touch that created several turnovers that gave the ball away.
Clarence Goodson - 5.5 Struggled with the athleticism of the Mexican attack.
Maurice Edu - 5.5 Wasn't as sharp passing the ball as Beckerman, but provided solid defending.
DeAndre Yedlin - 6.0 Was lively in the attack, and his speed tracking back made up for some poor positioning defensively.