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USA-Honduras Player Ratings

By Mike Woitalla
(@MikeWoitalla)

In a performance that ranks among the USA’s most miserable in recent history, Jozy Altidore provided the only American highlight with a superb 10th minute goal.

Honduras entered this friendly in Boca Raton, Fla., coming off losses to Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Its only wins in 11 games since last May came against Nicaragua and Belize. But Los Catrachos, who outshot the USA, 11-8, and had an 11-4 edge in corner kicks, exploited the Americans’ lackluster second-half performance to earn a 1-1 tie.

Starters:
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
3 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 15/0
Lucky not to be punished when he gifted a ball to Andy Najar, who shot high at the open goal in the first half. Was embarrassingly far away from the free-kick cross into the goal area that gave Honduras the 1-1 tie.

4 Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER) 16/0
Tame performance offensively from right back.

4 Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution) 47/3
The midfield rover’s transition to central defender went smoothly in the first half, but in the second half he was exposed on one-on-ones -- yellow-carded for a crude foul on Alberth Elis and fortunate he timed well his rough slide tackle on Romell Quioto in the penalty area -- and was beaten in the air on Maynor Figueroa’s equalizer.

5 Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) 22/0
Cleared crosses and through passes when called upon.

4 Greg Garza (Tijuana/MEX) 3/0
Like right back Chandler, left back Garza wasn't tested much defensively and failed to contribute offensively.

3 Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) 28/3
Turned over the ball on most of his possessions.

4 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR) 23/4.
Won ball in midfield to start sequence for 1-0. Good at finding the open man. But his reckless foul, for which he was cautioned, set up the free kick that led to the equalizer.

5 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 91/12
His chipped pass that assisted Jozy Altidore’s goal was a beauty – but the central midfielder sent too many passes to Hondurans and didn’t inspire as a veteran should.

3 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA) 35/2.
The wide midfielder’s highlight was sprinting back to break up a counterattack after he lost the ball. Did not provide service from the wing.

3 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC) 110/29
Nifty back-heel pass to Bradley before his assist was a rare highlight for Dempsey, who like his teammates misplayed balls frequently.

6 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG) 74/24
Excellent start when he chested down Bradley’s pass, juked past Maynor Figueroa and finished cleanly from 16 yards. Then we saw little of him.

Substitutes:
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
3 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders) 9/0
Not a factor after arriving at right midfield in 64th minute.

4 Bobby Wood (1860 Munich/GER) 3/0
Also arrived in the 64th minute and hit one decent cross.

5 Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/ENG) 9/0
Came up with a key tackle after Garza was beaten.

3 Joe Corona (Tijuana/MEX) 14/2
Wasted a free kick from the wing that promised a last-gasp scoring chance.

nr Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/GER) 4/0
USA was already in the midst of disjointed, lackluster second half when he replaced Bradley in the 76th minute.

nr Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC) 1/0
The kid we all wanted to see was given only stoppage-time minutes by Jurgen Klinsmann.

(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

10 comments about "USA-Honduras Player Ratings ".
  1. Bruce Gowan, October 15, 2014 at 7:53 a.m.

    I was prepared to be critical of the ratings because at times I think we over rate the USMNT but to my surprise I agree. I understand the excuse that they had not played together but there is no excuse for individual errors of execution and decision making. Corona's poor free kick is a perfect example of this individual failure. If Dempsey does not want to play these games don't put him on the field. Why play Bradley out of position?

  2. James Froehlich, October 15, 2014 at 9:33 a.m.

    Again, Mike, you have surprised no one with your over rating of MB. You have lost all credibility IMO! One pass does not negate an otherwise poor performance. At least you're consistent!

  3. Bernhard Purk, October 15, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.

    I have to agree with you Ric on the surprising high grades.
    Dempsey acted like a spectator.
    A 2 would have been generous in his case.
    And that 6 for Jozy was probably
    due to the fact that he scored,
    after which he didn't make another
    significant contribution.

  4. beautiful game, October 15, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.

    Coach should have given Ibarra at least 30 minutes; all else was samo-samo failure in individual efficacy and team performance. I beg to differ with Jones' rating; he was mostly solid.

  5. gill agee, October 15, 2014 at 2:35 p.m.

    Rating for Bradley is incredibly generous. Seems like we have preferred veterans who get cut a lot of slack. The European Bradley was a vastly superior player to the MLS version. Understand JK's outspoken criticism.

    May well be time to move on.

  6. cisco martinez, October 15, 2014 at 2:49 p.m.

    Mix and Jones were the only one's that really had a decent game. The 2nd half just looked atrocious, defensively gaps were everywhere, no midfield cohesion, forwards having trouble holding the ball, and Klinsmann playing Jones out of position as a centreback. Again, Klinsmann is responsible for the last two performances.

  7. beautiful game, October 15, 2014 at 6:04 p.m.

    Jones had a decent game; half of the squad should have been subbed at halftime, end of discussion. New faces are needed and one of them, Ibarra, gets 5 minutes!!??

  8. Rick Estupinan, October 16, 2014 at 2:53 a.m.

    I just heard something about JK been sanction by the US Soccer bosses,US Soccer federation.Can anybody tell me what is all this about it?.Thank you

  9. charles moraes, October 16, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.

    American prodigy , this kid is playing in the club of Brazil, the son of a Brazilian father where he lives since he was 8 years and says his dream is to play for the US Men’s National Team!!
    he was born in Dallas – TX, on 06/20/2001
    link to youtube.com

  10. charles moraes, October 16, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.

    American prodigy , this kid is playing in the club of Brazil, the son of a Brazilian father where he lives since he was 8 years and says his dream is to play for the US Men's National Team!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeZOrzip_OM

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