The USA scored two fine goals but otherwise failed to impress while falling 3-2 at Chile on Wednesday.
With seven men who played in the 2014 World Cup, the USA faced a Chilean team that fielded only one player who saw action in Brazil. Yet Chile played fine-tuned ball while the disjointed U.S. effort resulted in its third straight loss, extending its winless streak to five.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 16/0
Among his tougher saves, blocked with his arm Diego Valdes’ close-range shot after Jones coughed up the ball just outside penalty area. Gave Mark Gonzalez a two-yard space at near post to fire home the 2-2 equalizer.
3 Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United) 1/0
The debutant was the right-sided man in a three-man backline and needed lots of help from Yedlin. Almost scored own goal. First two goals came from his side.
4 Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution)
Started in middle of the backline and failed to marshal the experiment.
4 Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) 24/0
Wonderful pass split two defenders to set up Brek Shea’s sixth-minute goal. Failed to mark Roberto Gutierrez, who headed Chile’s 1-1 equalizer, and looked unsuited for the 3-5-2.
6 Mix Diskerud (New York
City FC) 26/5
Covered lots of ground and, after a wall pass with DeAndre Yedlin, set up Jozy Altidore’s goal with a smart pass back from near the goal line – a sequence that evaded four Chilean defenders.
5 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders) 11/0
Squandered prime chance with bad first touch eight yards from goal. Combined nicely with Diskerud to set up Altidore’s goal. Played wide in midfield and also served as right back.
4 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 92/12
A shadow of the player Chievo fans called “The General.” Turned over the ball too often, fouled in frustration, and not till late tried to surge the team forward. Highlight was a shot off the crossbar in the 61st minute.
4 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) 111/39
Another veteran who failed to inspire, whether as attacking midfielder or on the frontline in second half.
Shea (Orlando City) 28/3
Scored with an emphatic strike after running on to Besler’s ball. Mis-hit about half his passes and was shaky on defense.
2 Bobby Wood
(1860 Munich/GER) 6/0
6 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) 76/26
Scored the 2-1 goal by stroking the ball perfectly from 12 yards just inside far post.
4 Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) 5/0
Came on at halftime but didn’t give notice till his 77th-minute shot went just wide.
4 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew) 1/0
The 59th-minute replacement spent most of the time chasing.
nr Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
Replaced Dempsey in 68th minute.
nr Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) 26/9
Replaced Altidore in 75th minute.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)