Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's experimental squad -- he fielded only two 2014 World Cup regulars (Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya) -- came out of Prague with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.
The Czechs were preparing for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, which gets underway next Tuesday against the Netherlands.
The USA tested its youngsters. John Brooks (21) went the full 90 in central defense, 19-year-old Julian Green got his first U.S. start and went the distance, as did 21-year-old debutant Joe Gyau. Also making U.S. debuts were 18-year-old Emerson Hyndman and 23-year-old Greg Garza.
Mix Diskerud, 23, a World Cup squad member who didn’t see time in Brazil, ran the midfield with Bedoya and the two combined for the gamewinner.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG) 26/0.
Not tested. Vaclav Pilar’s long-range shot came right to him.
6 Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER), 27/1.
Right back won his battles with Ladislav Krejci and surged forward to support Gyau.
6 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 6/1.
Made a goal-saving sliding clearance in first half.
Michael Orozco (Puebla/MEX) 12/3.
With Brooks kept Czechs from coming through the middle.
5 Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER) 14/0
Left back had few problems keeping the Czechs at bay and moved up to combine with Green.
6 Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II/GER) 1/0.
Most active player in first half. Confident on ball, raced down right flank, but crossing was subpar. Czechs resorted to fouls to stop him in the second half.
6 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR) 21/3.
Set up the 1-0 when he pounced on Vladimir Darida’s poor first touch and took shot that keeper Petr Cech parried to Bedoya. Toiled in defensive midfield.
7 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA),
Firmly stroked home the rebound of Diskerud’s shot. Was the main link between backline and attack. Closest to what could be called a U.S. playmaker.
Corona (Tijuana/MEX) 12/2.
Suffered through some bad touches in the first half but looked sharper in the second half before being subbed in 63rd minute.
5 Julian Green
Making his first start and playing his first full game for USA, the 19-year-old had some promising touches, kept Czech midfielders on defensive, but his long shots posed no threat.
4 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG) 72/23
The veteran striker caused no problems for Czech defense.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
7 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 14/0
Second-half keeper’s foot save on close-range Krejci shot in 60th minute was first of four key stops, which included clipping the ball away from Daniel Pudil on a breakaway.
5 Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/ENG) 7/0
Relieved Orozco in central defense at halftime.
3 Brek Shea (Stoke City/ENG) 27/2
Squandered three counterattacks by coughing up the ball.
Garza (Tijuana/MEX) 1/0
Came in at left back for final 27 minutes.
5 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG) 1/0
Hit some crisp passes and sprinted back to recover ball after his one misplay during 21-minute performance.
4 Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/GER) 2/0
Capped 27 minutes with ugly yellow-card foul.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)