[USA-EL SALVADOR REPORT CARD] In the 3-3 tie that ended the USA's quest to play in next summer's Olympic Games, defensive flaws and a disjointed central
midfield overshadowed the flashes of brilliance that gave the Americans a 1-0 edge in the first minute and turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Soccer America's Mike
Woitalla grades the U.S. players ...
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB/COUNTRY)
3 Bill Hamid (D.C. United).
For the second straight game, beaten by a header within the goal area on a corner kick. That goal came three minutes after he was treated for an ankle injury – and two minutes before conceding a second goal not his fault. Coach Caleb Porter replaced Hamid with Johnson after the second goal.
3 Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo).
Had trouble containing Jaime Alas and resorted to fouls. Was marking Lester Blanco when he headed in the corner kick.
3 Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes).
Center back waited too long to challenge Alas before he unleashed the shot that made it 3-3.
3 Perry Kitchen (D.C. United).
Gave away too many balls, including in the sequence that led to the Salvadorans’ second goal.
3 Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA).
His biggest lapse proved costly: He didn’t notice Andres Flores sneak behind him toward the far post to finish Alas’ delivery.
2 Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union).
Picked up a yellow in the seventh minute with a foolish foul. Let Alas elude him to take the shot that Flores struck home for El Salvador’s 2-1 goal and didn’t close down Alas on the goal that ousted the Americans.
3 Mix Diskerud (Gent/BEL).
Must take blame in a midfield for which prolonged possession proved rare and did little to disrupt the Salvadorans' quick maneuvers down field.
6 Joe Corona (Tijuana/MEX).
Awoke from quiet performance to head in the USA’s third goal -- but denied hero status because of Alas’ last-gasp equalizer.
7 Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union).
Squandered opportunities late in the first half but persevered to set up the USA’s last two goals, first sending Boyd through and then evading Milton Molina with a nice move to send the cross that Corona headed in for the 3-2 lead.
8 Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund II/GER).
Excellent close-range volley gave the USA the lead in the 1st minute and precise strike inside the near post provided the 2-2 equalizer.
5 Brek Shea (FC Dallas).
Perfect service created the USA’s first goal and menaced all night on the left flank. But Shea also misplayed a ball that gave El Salvador possession before its third goal.
2 Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
The goalkeeper handled securely the crosses and shots that came his way after replacing Hamid in the 39th minute and his long punt found Adu to set up the second U.S. goal -- but with seconds left to play he failed to block Alas’ 24-yard shot even though he got both hands to the ball.
nr Michael Stephens (Los Angeles Galaxy).
Replaced Corona in the 88th minute.
nr Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim/GER).
Stoppage-time sub for Adu.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high.)