USA vs. Mexico: Live Player Ratings – Bleacher Report
The United States men’s national team drew 2-2 with Mexico on Wednesday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Michael Bradley opened the scoring in the 15th minute before Chris Wondolowski benefited from a Bradley assist in the 28th minute for the second goal.
Mexico responded with a strong second half with goals from Rafa Marquez and Alan Pulido, both of which could have been prevented.
Continue reading below for full analysis and ratings for each of the American players to touch the pitch against El Tri.
|Player||Half-time Rating||Full-time Rating|
Nick Rimando: The third-choice keeper did a solid job clearing away crosses by the Mexican wingers to deny them of second-chance opportunities in the box.
Michael Parkhurst: Mexico barely attacked Parkhurst’s side of the pitch during the first 45 minutes, which is a good sign of how he is playing right now.
Matt Besler: So far, so good for the Sporting Kansas City center-back and his partner Gonzalez. No major hiccups have been made, which is something that has been made possible by some strong aerial play.
Omar Gonzalez: Gonzalez did a decent job keeping the Mexican attack out of its rhythm, but he needs to play well in the second half to convince everyone that he and Besler are going to be okay when it comes time for Brazil.
Tony Beltran: Beltran was not too great on the defensive side of the ball to start, but he did make up for it with his cross that found Bradley’s head on the second goal.
Kyle Beckerman: Say what you want about Beckerman, but he did a solid job in the defensive midfield position to allow Bradley to march forward on numerous occasions.
Michael Bradley: Bradley was in beast mode and then some in his advanced midfield position. He made a terrific run at the far post to score the first goal and then he nodded on an assist on the Wondolowski goal.
Graham Zusi: Zusi delivered an assist on the first goal as his corner perfectly connected with Bradley’s feet.
Brad Davis: Davis’ left-footed free-kick earned the corner kick that the first goal was scored off of.
Clint Dempsey: You may not have heard his name much in the first half, but Dempsey created the move that ended up becoming the one that started the second goal. He cut through a pair of defenders to send a cross in Beltran’s direction.
Chris Wondolowski: Based on the first half, Wondolowski’s ticket to Brazil has been punched. He was the reason why the first goal happened after he earned a free-kick on the right flank in the 13th minute. The San Jose Earthquakes forward then scored a typical Wondo goal at the left post in the 28th minute.
Rimando: Played a solid 90 minutes and was not at fault for either of the goals. He did his best on the equalizer to deflect the initial shot away, but he was eventually let down by Gonzalez’s poor marking.
Parkhurst: Given the circumstances, Parkhurst had a decent game at a position he is not used to playing.
Besler: Was the better of the two starting center-backs when Mexico began to put the pressure on after halftime. If he was in direct competition with Gonzalez, which he isn’t right now, he would’ve won the starting spot over him.
Gonzalez: The lasting memories from this game for the center-back will be the two Mexico goals that he could have prevented had he defended properly.
Beltran: The Real Salt lake player continued to improve after his bumpy start, but in all honesty, he was just a fill-in at the position given the availability of the other full-backs ahead of him on the depth chart.
Beckerman: Beckerman did nothing negative in the midfield. He played with plenty of confidence at his position and earned nothing but praise for his performance.
Bradley: Easily was the man of the match for the United States. In the second half, he was able to track back more in the midfield as Mexico continued to pressure a back four that looked shaky.
Zusi: He did nothing to hurt his spot in the starting 11 for Brazil, but his only true contribution came in the form of his assist on the first goal.
Davis: Davis needed to put in an extraordinary showing to book a spot on the World Cup roster. If the decision were to come tomorrow, he would not be in the 23-man squad based off of his play against Mexico.
Dempsey: Most will feel that Dempsey underachieved in this match, and he did. He did show a few flashes of brilliance in attack, but he should have produced more chances in the role he was in.
Wondolowski: In a game where he needed to prove his worth, Wondolowski did so during his time on the pitch. One has to think he has a spot on the plane to Brazil as of now.
Landon Donovan: After starting on the bench, Donovan did show a few bursts of quality. His spot in the starting 11 still remains a question despite his track record.
Julian Green: At most times when he was on the ball, Green looked exactly like an 18-year-old who plays in the German fourth division. He still needs some work and didn’t show anything worth of earning a spot on the World Cup roster.
Clarence Goodson: Goodson helped provide a bit of stability alongside Gonzalez and he did not make any crucial mistakes like the LA Galaxy defender did.
Eddie Johnson: Should have had the game-winning goal, but he was wrongly ruled offside. While the goal may not have counted in the record book, the run he made will make an impact in the mind of Klinsmann.
DeAndre Yedlin: Made one blazing run down the right wing to find Dempsey with a pass, but he is still a raw prospect and a name for 2018.
Maurice Edu: Edu didn’t get enough time on the pitch to play his way on or off the World Cup roster.
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