USA-Costa Rica International Friendly Player Ratings

Oct. 13 in Harrison, N.J.
USA 0 Costa Rica 1.
Goal: Campbell 70.
A listless display by the USA produced a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday and piled more pressure on head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Joel Campbell's goal in the 70th minute inflicted a third straight defeat on the Americans, who seldom threatened offensively though Bobby Wood gave a good effort and Andrew Wooten debuted off the bench.

Klinsmann changed the team extensively from the 3-2 loss to Mexico in the Rose Bowl Saturday, but very few players staked a realistic claim to future inclusion. The Americans have about a month to regroup before the start of 2018 World Cup qualifying.

U.S. Player Ratings
6 Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), 105/0.
Not for the first time, Howard was the best U.S. player on the day. He tipped over a rising blast from Joel Campbell with the score 0-0 and stoned Marcos Urena one-v-one in the final minutes.

5 Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), 25/1. Did pretty well defensively, won several important tackles. Hit a very poor free kick from a good position.

5 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), 34/2. Plugged holes and repelled several entry passes and crosses before departing at halftime.

3 Michael Orozco (Tijuana/MEX), 19/3. Gave Costa Rica a dangerous chance by misplaying ball on a high bounce, stranded on the goal, and seldom connected on his passes.

5 Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG), 18/0. Nailed a header on frame from a free kick and played smart enough defensively to not get caught upfield.

4 DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG), 27/0. Ran aground too many times on the dribble, clumsy touches cost the U.S. possession. Cautioned for clumsy tackle.

3 Danny Williams (Reading/ENG), 19/2. Gave the ball away several times in bad spots, lost a few physical duels, took a caution for bad tackle. Couldn’t contain Celso Borges.

4 Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), 53/3. Filled a spot in the middle and broke up a few plays but seldom seemed to have any clue about how to contribute offensively. Also victimized by Borges.

4 Brek Shea (Orlando City), 34/4. Worked hard and got past challenges a few times but didn’t get within sight of goal. Lofted a nice free kick to the back post for Ream, fired another one well over the bar. Got caught napping on balls played behind him.

4 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), 17/2. Gave an honest effort though his touches weren’t crisp enough and he was short of ideas. Linked up with Bobby Wood a couple of times in the second half.

2 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), 87/29. Just about invisible for his 45-minute stint.

5 Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), 12/3.
Brought a lot of power and energy but lacked the polish and touch to get that decisive chance. Barreled through a attempted shirt tackle by Cristian Gamboa but then lost the ball at the edge of the attacking third.

4 Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX), 13/0. Bailed out Orozco’s miscue with a vital tackle but was wrong-footed on several occasions and couldn’t buy a good pass.

3 Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), 36/6. Soft challenges defensively and poor touches in the attack marked a very poor display. Hit a terrible cross from the right flank that sailed 15 yards over the nearest teammate.

3 Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City/ENG), 36/0. Saved by offside flag when he stumbled chasing a ball in behind him but did thwart Costa Rica a few times. Giveaway forced Williams into a cautionable tackle and he wasn’t around when David Myrie crossed to set up the goal.

4 Andrew Wooten (Sandhausen/GER), 1/0. Debuted as the U.S. chased the game and didn’t get an opportunity to show his stuff.

5 Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), 7/0. Raised the energy level and ranged left and up the middle to test Costa Rica a few times.

TRIVIA. Besides Mexico, no Concacaf team has beaten the U.S. more times on its home soil than Costa Rica. The 1-0 decision at Red Bull Arena was Costa Rica’s fourth victory since it beat the U.S., 1-0, in a World Cup qualifier 30 years ago in Torrance, Calif.

Oct. 13 in Harrison, N.J.
USA 0 Costa Rica 1.
Goal: Campbell 70.
USA –- Howard; Evans, Cameron (Alvarado, 46), Orozco, Ream (Spector, 63), Williams, Jones (Diskerud, 46), Yedlin, Shea (Nguyen, 72), Zardes (Wooten, 72), Altidore (Wood, 46).
Costa Rica –
Navas; Acosta, Waston, Oviedo (Mattarita, 54), Duarte (Calvo, 87), Gamboa (Myrie, 67), Venegas (Colindres, 76), Borges (Granados, 91+), Guzman, Urena, Campbell.
Walter Lopez (Guatemala).

18 comments about "USA-Costa Rica International Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. cisco martinez, October 14, 2015 at 12:14 a.m.

    Didn't bother to watch the match. I am a long time US supporter of the national team, but can't support a coach that doesn't care if he's liked. Looks like his the players he's picking aren't even fighting for him, sounds like someone is losing the locker room.

  2. Santiago 1314 replied, October 14, 2015 at 3:52 a.m.

    No Comment

  3. David Mont replied, October 14, 2015 at 8:07 a.m.

    Same here. I've been a USNT supporter for some 30 years now, but have found myself lately wishing for the US team to lose -- that's the only way to get rid of the imposter masquerading as a coach and put the US soccer back on track.

  4. Kent James, October 14, 2015 at 12:34 a.m.

    Not a good outing, to say the least. Something has to change. I think Cisco is right, JK has lost the locker room. I think sending home Fabian Johnson the way he did sent the message; "there, but for the grace of God, go I..."

  5. Bob Ashpole, October 14, 2015 at 3:16 a.m.

    I don't think the game was as dismal as some make it out to be. It was bad, but I don't consider it a disaster. Yes tactically, they were poor in the attacking movements off the ball. But you somewhat expect that with people who have not played together. The biggest problem was attitude. Some of the players, Howard for instance, were playing to win, but most of them looked like they were more concerned about following instructions (whatever they were) than winning the match. Jones had an off day (for him) which is what I would expect after going 120 minutes three days ago. I don't understand why he wasn't allowed to rest. I do understand why no one would want to ask JK for a rest given recent events. Ultimately playing tired players (old and tired players especially) and the lack of motivation of some of the players do reflect on the coach. And it doesn't reflect well. Frankly some of the players seem to be waiting for a coaching change while merely trying to avoid looking bad in the meantime. Playing to avoid losing is a losing mentality. And that type of mentality is contagious.

  6. David Mont, October 14, 2015 at 8:11 a.m.

    "I don't think the game was as dismal as some make it out to be. It was bad, but I don't consider it a disaster." -- Bob, if the US team cannot create more than one half-chance and hardly any offensive moves of note at all over 90 minutes of play in a home friendly against Costa Rica -- yeah, it's a disaster in my book.

  7. Daniel Clifton, October 14, 2015 at 8:20 a.m.

    I have to agree with Cisco. This team is really difficult to watch. If Klinsmann is allowed to remain as the manager of this team the US is not going to qualify for the next World Cup. He has lost this team. If they don't qualify for the WC then maybe Gulati will be given the boot, which at this point, if he doesn't make a change, would be a good move.

  8. cisco martinez, October 14, 2015 at 8:49 a.m.

    Looks like I am not the only one watching the game, did anyone see the attendance, 9,214. Gulati the writing is on the wall. Please do us a favor and fire klinsmann and reconsider his tenure, we haven't qualified for the Olympics, lost in the semis in the concacaf, got only to the 2nd round of the World Cup, and no youths are breaking into the national team, where's the development? Where is the progress?

  9. Nancy Jones, October 14, 2015 at 10:55 a.m.

    Let's go Gulati! These young men play for their country, their team, themselves, but don't get respect from their coach. Give them a coach who earns their respect and gives the players the respect they deserve, and watch the attitude and confidence show up. Our players deserve better!!

  10. Kent James replied, October 14, 2015 at 11:31 a.m.

    I think you're right.

  11. Dan Phillips, October 14, 2015 at 11:23 a.m.

    Get rid of lazy/Jozy Altidore. Worthless forward. Why does JK stick with hime? I cannot understand. Develop a better scoring forward like Aron Johansson.

  12. Nathanael Dewhurst replied, October 14, 2015 at 12:35 p.m.

    @Dan Phillips, JK likes Jóhannsson, but Aron was hurt this time.

    The biggest bright spot for me last night was Lee Nguyen's 18 minutes. It took him a few minutes to warm up, but after one dodgy pass back to Orozco (?), everything else was really sharp. A much needed glimmer of sure-footed excitement, beating multiple Ticos and retaining possession, distributing well even if never creating scoring chances. I'd have liked to see him in the middle, especially with Bradley out of the picture last night.

  13. Dan Murphy, October 14, 2015 at 11:37 a.m.

    Disaster or not, that game was painful to watch. Being a coach myself, I try to refrain from calling for someone's job. Yet with the US team, you could always hang your hat on the fact that the players would fight for 90+ min with grit and resolve and the olde American belief that somehow, someway, we are going to win! Sadly, it appears that JK has even stripped the team of that. It is time for a change.
    Hey, maybe we can trade national teams with the Netherlands! Coaches too.

  14. Santiago 1314 replied, October 16, 2015 at 4:04 p.m.

    Oops,...Holland didn't Qualify for the Next Euro...Must be because of their LOUSY Youth Development Program...RIGHT JK.???

  15. Raymond Weigand, October 14, 2015 at 12:10 p.m.

    Didn't we just see these guys play their guts out on the West Coast just 72 hours ago. I am not surprised some of the guys were mentally tired. Even so ... we had our chances and we had the better team ... however, what makes soccer so loved is that on any given day any team can win.

  16. Jim Gibbons, October 14, 2015 at 12:20 p.m.

    It really is stupefying why Altidore continues to be part of the program....I still can't figure out how he thinks on the field. Like announcer said, he appears to always be reacting and rote about movement off players and/or the ball.

    In the Brazil match Hulk moved more in 5 minutes than Altidore did in an entire half....and it was always purposeful...of course it would probably help if the US had the ball.

  17. Alex G. Sicre, October 14, 2015 at 2:32 p.m.

    Wake up Gulati. Make the change or you'll be gone too.

  18. Ric Fonseca, October 14, 2015 at 3:36 p.m.

    BTW everyone, Sunil Gulati os in his third (?) term as US Soccer President, locked up for several more years, and if y'all think the US Soccer Exec Committee or whatever they call themselves now-a-days is going to fire him, well, y'all have to wait until the next US Soccer Annual General Meeting or this to happen. 'Memba, he was "elected" (unopposed) and NOT appointed or hired, though I feel he ought to go back to his fully-tenured position as an Economics (not finance) prof at Columbia U. Oh, and don't forget he's also on FIFA Exec Committee???

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