USA-Guatemala World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings

March 29 in Columbus, Ohio
USA 4 Guatemala 0.  Goals: Dempsey 12, Cameron 35, Zusi 46, Altidore 89.
With five lineup changes from the 2-0 loss at Guatemala on Friday, the USA bounced back against Los Chapines with a 4-0 rout in Columbus to pave the way to the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying. It should clinch a berth in the Hexagonal as soon as after Matchday 5.

5 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG) 42/0
Called on for two easy saves and slapped away a corner kick.

7 DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG) 31/0
Defensively, the right back won battles with Stefano Cincotta. Attacked constantly and set up Zusi’s early second-half goal.

6 Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United) 4/1
Solid in the central defense that limited Guatemala to four innocuous shots.

8 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG) 39/4
Lobbed the pass down the middle that bounced off Zardes and into Dempsey’s path for the first goal. Headed home the 2-0 goal. Handled all his defensive duties with aplomb.

5 Edgar Castillo (Monterrey/MEX) 18/0
Left back wasn’t tested much. After venturing forward early in the first half stayed back during the second.

6 Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) 33/4
In the first half: Shot a free kick into a one-man wall and over-hit a corner kick so bad it almost went out for a throw-in. But scored on his first touch in the second half.

8 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 112/15
Kept midfield cohesive, won balls in Guatemalan half, and delivered fine free kick for Cameron to head home. The blemish: Yellow-carded for foolish midfield foul and will be suspended for next qualifier.

5 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 52/1
Partnered well with Bradley while sweeping in front of the backline.

5 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 22/3
Plagued by mis-traps and poor touches -- but managed two assists: He deflected off his chest the ball that reached Dempsey on the first U.S. goal and his mis-touch of Yedlin’s pass set up Zusi’s goal.

8 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) 121/49
Dynamic in the center forward role, enabling the USA to keep Chapines’ backline under pressure, and hammered home the 1-0 from 15 yards. Set up  Altidore’s goal.

6 Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER) 16/4
Won possession to start sequence on first goal and drew the foul for the free kick that led to the second. Horribly mis-trapped a pass from Bradley that set him up for a clear scoring chance.

6 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) 93/34
Nice crisp finish to make it 4-0.

5 Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC) 3/0
Won corner kick after flying down the right flank on counterattack. Robbed of goal by bad offside call.

nr Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER) 1/0
The 17-year-old, who entered in the 81st minute, became youngest American to play in a U.S. qualifier. After stealing the ball, had a promising run halted by a foul that wasn’t called.

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

TRIVIA: Clint Dempsey’s goal gives him 14 in World Cup qualifying, breaking Landon Donovan’s record of 13. Jozy Altidore’s strike moves him even with Donovan.

March 29 in Columbus, Ohio
USA 4 Guatemala 0. Goals: Dempsey 12, Cameron 35, Zusi 46, Altidore 89.
USA -- Guzan; Yedlin, Birnbaum, Cameron, Castillo; Zusi (Pulisic, 81), Beckerman, Bradley; Zardes (Finlay, 71), Dempsey, Wood (Altidore, 66).
Guatemala -- Motta;  Jimenez, Hernandez, Castrillo, Morales; Marquez, Contreras, Icute (Ruiz, 46), Cincotta (Pappa, 46), Saravia; Tinoco (Martinez, 74).
Referee: Valdin Legister (Jamaica).
Att.: 20,624.

22 comments about "USA-Guatemala World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings".
  1. beautiful game, March 29, 2016 at 11:27 p.m.

    Beating a third rate squad is a must. Mission accomplished as far as the 3-points. Let's face it, The US squad is technically thin, inconsistent, unable to make things happen except on a few occasions. The technically skilled players sat on the pine. How long before coach K gives these younger and more skilled players time on the pitch. Again, quite a few giveaways.

  2. Ric Fonseca, March 29, 2016 at 11:56 p.m.

    I w: Are you E-V-E-R satisfied? As for rating/ranking, Bradley didn't deserve an 8 and Jazzy for sure doesn't earn a 6 for the short time he played. I am a bit satisfied with the urgent runs of the US team, and the better smarter style of play, still more work is needed.

  3. Bob Ashpole, March 30, 2016 at 12:13 a.m.

    Finally the US showed some quality. After the success in a 433, I was disappointed to see the switch to the same old 442, moving Zusi from the center to the flank. A 433 has more players behind the ball as long as the wingers collapse into a 451 shape. More crucial, it has 3 CMs to control the center of the field. Hardly a radical approach. Why weaken the midfield? Other than that, watching the match was an encouraging experience.

  4. Dan Eckert, March 30, 2016 at 7:16 a.m.

    Zardes - anything greater than a 2 is a gift - and the 2 was for the assists (if you could call them that). His first touch is the WORSE on the pitch. Sure he's big and quick - but he really has no ball skill, passing skill, or dribbling ability. I stopped counting the number of giveaways and poor passes after 10. I guess we should come up with the Zardas drinking game. Everything time he has a poor touch, poor pass, or just loses the ball - you drink. I'm sure I'd pass out before minute 30.

  5. Wooden Ships replied, March 30, 2016 at 7:48 a.m.

    Dan, that's a good one and sadly true.

  6. David Mont replied, March 30, 2016 at 8:22 a.m.

    Absolutely true about Zardes. Horrible touches. I wonder if the teammates are expecting that now and are trying to anticipate how the ball is going to bounce off of him. Hence, two assists.

  7. Kevin Leahy, March 30, 2016 at 7:33 a.m.

    I have a question. What message should Nagbe be getting?

  8. Wooden Ships replied, March 30, 2016 at 8:06 a.m.

    Kevin, I have no idea, other than he must be a fan of or at least accept Russian roulette. He and everyone needs to stay hopeful about minutes. The real difference from last night to the Friday match was energy/pressure. Where the hell was the effort/pressure in the first game. Bradley reminds me of some former players I had, they were into some games and not others. Maturity. Glad for the win and will probably see the same style as we go forward. I was pleased Pulisic was capped and he looked like he belonged. For us, assuming we do get through the hex, we will only go so far in Russia without JK committing to the more technical player. This idea, of Santiago's American Exceptionalism-couldn't tell if he was being sarcastic or not, isn't going to cut it ultimately.

  9. Bret Newman, March 30, 2016 at 7:53 a.m.

    I w, your crazy, if you think JK is going to risk playing inexperienced young players, when his job, and everything else is on the line, to win that game. We are not Brazil! We're not playing to look good with the ball and lose, we are playing to win, even if it looks ugly. Save that shite for friendlies!

    On another subject, I'm tired of seeing goals disallowed, because of bad offside calls. No wonder Americans think soccer is a joke. Soccer is probably the hardest sport to score, so you better make damn sure you get the call right. The offsides call is one of the hardest calls to make, so you need a coaches challenge on offsides calls that results in a goal, or a disallowed goal. It could cost a country 6 entire years, on a bad call, that can be corrected. Get into the NOW, FIFA!!!

  10. Wooden Ships replied, March 30, 2016 at 8:18 a.m.

    Brett, I doubt that I w is surprised about the line up. He's glad I'm glad were all glad for the win. 5 years in, JK has never really committed to fielding and staying with a more skilled/technical/creative squad. Some feel he would be fool hearty to do so. Some say don't we have to at some point. Will we ever really up our odds of winning a World Cup without playing a more sophisticated game. Some say we don't have the players, really?

  11. Bret Newman, March 30, 2016 at 7:58 a.m.

    When I say coaches challenge, that means some FIFA officials look at it on video instant replay.

  12. Wooden Ships replied, March 30, 2016 at 8:25 a.m.

    I'm certainly in the minority on this. I don't want techno assist in sports. Handle adversity, getting jobbed, and any other slight real or perceived. I would support doing all we can to compliment and appreciate the role that referees play, for without them we have no competition. Well, until the day arrives that we have techno geeks refereeing with joy sticks and radio transmitters, oh and don't forget drones with holographic reconstruction.

  13. John Munnell, March 30, 2016 at 8:37 a.m.

    Take two of Bradley's points and give them to Beckerman...his breaking up and cleaning up made everyone else on the field better. Well, except for Zardes, who was a horror. I'm beginning to think that Zardes has cracked under the pressure of expectation, much as I want him to be successful. And Dempsey did what Dempsey does --- score. But to call him "dynamic" and give him credit for "setting up" Altidore's goal is literary license...similar to saving Zardes' flub was an assist on Zusi's.

  14. Wooden Ships replied, March 30, 2016 at 11:38 a.m.

    Beckerman was a difference maker. Not always a fan of his game, but in the game last night against Guatemala he optimized his abilities and made it easier for the backs and the players in front of him.

  15. beautiful game, March 30, 2016 at 8:56 a.m.

    I yield to the chorus, a great performance against a third rate squad.

  16. Joe Linzner, March 30, 2016 at 9:19 a.m.

    This is the third rate squad that cleaned our clocks just a few days before?? I have said before. It matters not if we lose or win, JK will always be ridiculed. A win, the players did well in spite of JK and if we lose JK got all wrong and the experts tell us how it should be done... well, actually even when we win the experts tell us how it should be done... that stupid coach just needs to go.... yes yes that is what the problem is...

  17. Bob Ashpole replied, March 30, 2016 at 4:34 p.m.

    Joe, think about it. 2 matches against the same opponent using the same player pool. A night and day difference in the coaches approach to the match and the result. In his fifth year as coach, I won't praise someone for getting it right half the time. I am always wondering which JK is in charge today, the innovative thinker or the one reliving the 1980s.

  18. Joe Linzner, March 30, 2016 at 9:40 a.m.

    As far as technically gifted players? Show me a single one, other than perhaps Nagbe and now Pulisic who handles the ball and moves with and without the ball, name one who is technically better than any Guatemalan. Did you notice that even under pressure the high percentage of their passes still connected with other Guatemalans? They still had a better completion rate that we did. The MLS has technical players, but none of those are American. That is caused by Youth Soccer concentrating on playing, not concentrating on the important things....

  19. Wooden Ships replied, March 30, 2016 at 11:45 a.m.

    I would add Nguyen and at times Wood, Feilhaber if there. But your point is accurate. But, that is true of virtually any nation we go against. Those skills/touch/comfort with the ball at our feet isn't being developed enough. And it has to start young. Then recognized for its value.

  20. Joe Linzner, March 30, 2016 at 9:49 a.m.

    overall the ratings reflect a high level of favoritism. Altidore a 6, Now that is funny. I guess, accidentally being in the right position and converting a sitter deserves high rewards. whereas a person working their butt off gets dissed?? The only player who deserves higher than normal praise was that player accused of being the beneficiary of nepotism by the experts.

  21. Ric Fonseca replied, March 30, 2016 at 4:54 p.m.

    As I said above I enjoyed watching at least the 1st half before heading off to work, but as for "the ratings reflect a high level of favoritism...(sic)" I couldn't agree more. The Bradleys, Dempseys, Morrises, Altidores, et al, to name a few, has been, IMHO one of SA's faults. Overall, except for Guzan, and Yedlin, I'd take off one point from ALL the rest of the team, then, and only then would I agree with the SA writer, though I don't know to whom you mean is guilty of nepotism, other than Bradley?

  22. Allan Lindh, March 30, 2016 at 11:46 p.m.

    Cameron and Birnabaum/Brooks are now our centerbacks, next experiment should be Cameron moving up to holdingMid while Brooks and Birnbaum work together. With Bradley out next match, give Bedoya another shot in center mid. This match was actually progress, except that the idiot we pay millions to pretend he's a national team coach will undoubtedly do something monumentally stupid in next match. Fire Littlemann now.

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