[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.
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.
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.)