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by Ridge Mahoney, January 23rd, 2011 2:40AM
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[USA-CHILE REPORT CARD] Red Bulls Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury of Sporting Kansas City stood out for USA in its 1-1 tie with Chile. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney grades the U.S. players' performances.
 
USA STARTERS
Rating/Player (Club/Country) GP/G
5 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 5/0
Handled situations confidently except one cross he barely got a hand to. Cleanly handled free kick that bounced a yard or so in front of him without allowing a rebound.
4 Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy) 1/0
Scorched and stranded several times in first half, improved in second half but passing was inconsistent. Ruined a nice buildup with a terrible cross right to the keeper.
7 Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls) 2/0
Went the full 90, rarely out of position, hit some accurate balls out of the back, won a tough duel near the sideline, pushed forward into attack on one occasion. Started sequence on penalty kick by pinging ball to McCarty.
6 Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) 2/0
Solid in the air, hit several long balls to Brek Shea or other attackers, cut off passes by stepping up, engineered a vital offside trap to thwart a dangerous attack.
4 Zach Loyd (FC Dallas) 1/0
Very shaky in the first half and completely lost on serve that produced Chilean goal but improved slightly after that.
4 Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro/Sweden) 7/0
Touches weren't crisp and lost a few mano-a-mano confrontations. Veered inside to throw different looks into the attack and hit vital pass that released Agudelo to win penalty kick.
5 Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids) 1/0
Anchored the middle mostly in the first half and broke up a lot of Chilean attacks. Pushed forward after halftime to support USA's midfield control.
6 Dax McCarty (D.C. United) 5/0
A few terrible giveaways marred a very spirited performance that included a vital touch in the leadup to the USA penalty kick, and a long-range belter that was tipped over the crossbar.
5 Brek Shea (FC Dallas) 2/0
Provided much of the USA attacking impetus in the first half and used his height to win long balls. Flicked a throw-in to nearly produce a point-blank chance.
4 Mixx Diskerud (Stabaeck/Norway) 2/0
Slipped a nice through ball for Wondolowski in first half but dwelt on the ball far too often in first half and usually lost it. Sharper in the second half.
5 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) 1/0
Struggled to link with teammates, created an opening for himself to hit one low long shot that was easily saved. Harshly punished for a solid and seemingly legal challenge that dispossessed an opponent.
 
USA SUBSTITUTES
Rating/Player (Club/Country) GP/G
5 Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire) 1/0
No real chance to come out for cross that produced Chilean goal, and otherwise did his job.
3 Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids) 4/0
Recovered after abysmal start to run down several threatening plays, but lost mark on Chilean goal and set up opponents with two other errors.
7 Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls) 2/1
Swapped passes with Bedoya to win the penalty kick, broke through again in the final minutes but shot weakly.
7 Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City) 2/1
Slotted home penalty an inch or two inside the post. Worked the wing and middle to carve open Chile several times.
5 Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids) 1/0
Took over at left back in the 73rd minute, pushed forward deep into Chilean half during hunt for second goal.
NR Eric Alexander (FC Dallas) 1/0
Replaced Bedoya in the 82nd minute.

(Ratings: 1=terrible; 5=average; 10=brilliant.)



5 comments
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: January 23, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.
    Over all the USA backlne looked very shakey, but I have hope for Ream and Gonzalez as they mature.What does anyone see in Marvel Wynne? MacCarty ran his butt off but acomplshed little. Shea was awful. Diskerude was bettr once Shea was out of his way.I like him, despite total chaos in the MF, he seemed to kep his cool and tried to bring some order to the mess. Agudelo and Bunbury exciting to watch. They put a scare in the Chile defense with their unpredictabilty.I'm sure with more exposure to B. Bradley, that will change.
  1. Tim Foisie
    commented on: January 24, 2011 at 7:43 a.m.
    Would swap the scores between Larentowicz and McCarty. Even though he had limited time, may give Wallace a 6 as well.
  1. James Madison
    commented on: January 24, 2011 at 1:32 p.m.
    As a group the US looked pretty raggedy ass, but some individual talent and spirit showed through, and by the end the team had given as good as it got. Credit Bradley for trying to have the play on the ground instead of over the top, even though an unseemly proportion of passes went directly to opponents.
  1. Tim Kline
    commented on: January 24, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
    I'd also swap the scores between Loyd and Ream; I'd consider Ream's giveaways fairly significant and I thought he wasn't the most solid of the defensive line. Although Loyd did look nervous/shaky at times, he had the same high pace when he was subbed off as he did in the first minute. He was also not afraid to take on opponents and show his skill in getting out of tight spaces.
  1. Tyler Dennis
    commented on: January 24, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
    Looked pretty sad to me with only a couple instances of creative combination play. Lots of 50/50 balls, bad passes, horrible 1st touches. I'm all for trying the new guys, but it might help to have some veteran leadership so you can get a better perspective of the young guys. Start the field with at least 50% starters and then sub in more of the new guys. It is difficult to get perspective with little chemistry or leadership out there.

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