USA-Canada Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings

Oct. 13 in Sandy, Utah
USA 2 Canada 0. Goals: Pelosi 69, Kiesewetter 84 (pen.).
The U.S. U-23 national team kept its Olympic hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Canada in the third-place game of the Concacaf Qualifying Tournament. The Americans will face Colombia in March for a spot at the Rio 2016 Games. Unable to penetrate Canada’s bunker in the first half, the USA played the entire second half a man-up and finally broke through with a 20-yard blast from Marc Pelosi, followed up by a late penalty-kick conversion from Jerome Kiesewetter.

U.S. Player Ratings:
5 Ethan Horvath (Molde/NOR)
Was well positioned, in the middle of the goal, to stop all of Canada’s shots.

6 Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)
Handled Canada’s meager left flank attacks and pushed forward constantly.

6 Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls)
Poised central defender easily stifled Canadian spearhead Anthony Jackson-Hamel.

6 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)
Miazga’s partner also stopped all attacks that came his way, which weren’t many especially in second half when Canadians played short-handed.

7 Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes)
Left back looked shaky defensively when cautioned for foul stopping Jackson-Hamel but settled into the role and surged forward frequently, like when he beat and was fouled by Giuliano Frano in the 32nd minute for Frano’s first yellow card. Beat Frano near penalty area when Frano got his second yellow to gift the USA a man-advantage for the entire second half. Blasted a shot into the net from 20 yards for the 1-0 lead.

5 Alonso Hernandez (FC Juarez/MEX)
Did some orchestrating in midfield that helped the USA keep possession for long stretches late in first half.

5 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
Toiled to link backline to offense and helped keep U.S. attacks coming in waves against team that defended with all its players.

5 Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes)
Helped keep Canadian midfield from establishing any rhythm, even when it was 11v11.

5 Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids)
Combined with Pelosi on the left flank and delivered some promising balls to frontline. Replaced by Emerson Hyndman in 62nd minute.

6 Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart/GER)
His touch was often off but persistence paid off when he was fouled by keeper Maxime Crepeau for the penalty kick he buried.

5 Jordan Morris (Stanford)
Threatened early from the left flank, including setting up a 2nd minute chance. Failed to find much space in crowded Canadian defense and was stopped by Crepeau on close-range shot in 52nd minute.

6 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG)
One of 63rd-minute sub’s long-range shots hit crossbar via deflection. Stroked the pass to Kiesewetter on play that led to penalty kick.

6 Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake)
Sprayed some effective passes like the one that set up Kiesewetter for a one-on-one stopped by Crepeau in 76th minute.

nr Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake)
Replaced Kiesewetter in the 90th minute.

Oct. 13 in Sandy, Utah
USA 2 Canada 0. Goals: Pelosi 69, Kiesewetter 84 (pen.).
USA -- Horvath, Polster, Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Pelosi, Serna (Gil, 73), Trapp, Alashe, Hernandez (Hyndman, 63), Morris, Kiesewetter (Okwuonu, 90).
Canada -- Crepeau, Frano, Gasparotto, Thomas, Gagnon-Lapare, Clarke, Mannela (Chapman, 62), Piette, Carreiro (Grant, 46), Petrasso, Jackson-Hamel (Babouli 87).
Red card -- Frano (CAN) 45.
Referee: Enrique Santander (Mexico)

TRIVIA: The USA, which entered the third-place game after falling, 2-0, to Honduras, finished the tournament with 15 goals. Marc Pelosi became the eighth American to score; Jerome Kiesewetter finished as top U.S. scorer with four goals.

1 comment about "USA-Canada Olympic Qualifying Player Ratings".
  1. Santiago 1314, October 14, 2015 at 3:41 a.m.

    5 for Everbody...Half-A$$ Score, For a Half-A$$ Performance...Actually it was WORSE THAN THAT, But your HALF way There...JUST WIN BABY WIN, Nobody is going to Remember how you got there, AS LONG AS YOU GET THERE.!!!

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