USA-Jamaica International Friendly Player Ratings

USA-JAMAICA EXPRESS:
Feb. 3 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
USA 1 Jamaica 0. Goal: Morris 59.
Att.: 17,903.

The Americans won their first game of the year, 1-0, against Concacaf foe Jamaica on Friday night. Benny Feilhaber staked his claim to a starting spot by adroitly directing the attack and Jordan Morris scored his second goal nearly two years after getting his first against Mexico. FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman, who earned a first cap, played impressively as the U.S. notched a second straight shutout.

U.S. Player Ratings:
Starters
5 Luis Robles (NY Red Bulls) 3/0.
Not tested with a shot, batted down a dangerous cross and got a bit lucky when it caromed wide off an opponent.

4 Graham Zusi (Sporting KC) 44/5.
Good work in the middle third and on flank attacks, but lost ball and chased futilely as Jamaica won a corner. Left too many gaps. May not have the speed to play this position at this level.

6 Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United) 11/1.
Solid defensively, headed down several set plays to trigger panic in the Jamaican goalmouth.

7 Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) 1/0.
Confident and secure in all aspects. Timed his stepups and tackles perfectly. Won balls on the ground and in the air. Connected sharply with nearly every pass.

6 Jorge Villafana (Santos/MEX) 2/0.
Very good getting up the wing, linked up crisply several times with Lletget and Feilhaber. Curled the game’s best cross that Pontius didn’t exploit. Knocked aside a couple of times and was late to the ball occasionally.

6 Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire) 6/0.
Crisp, decisive and feisty most of the time. Weighted nicely a first-time layoff to Lletget from corner kick. Turnover in bad spot gave Jamaica a rare opening to run into.

5 Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union) 2/0.
Lacked the sharpness to play a killer ball or go to goal, but worked smartly and determinedly on the flank and carried on after a harsh collision.

6 Sebastian Lletget (L.A. Galaxy) 2/0.
Best U.S. player in the first half playing on the left, also slid into the middle and ended up on the right. Crossed a good ball that Agudelo shot wide. Narrowly missed top corner with first-time shot from McCarty layoff.

7 Benny Feilhaber (Sporting KC) 43/2.
Came alive at the critical moments, such as on the goal with slick touches and a perfect pass. Also kept possession when nothing was on. Clicked on a few combinations with Lletget, meshed well with McCarty, played several effective dead balls including corner that McCarty laid off for Lletget.

7 Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders) 15/1.
Active and hungry for the entire 90 minutes. Took a good low shot saved by Andre Blake, cashed in with a better finish to earn the victory.

5 Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) 23/3.
Worked hard, played nice one-two on which Pontius drew a foul. Committed a couple of needless fouls in the final minutes.
 
Substitutes
5 David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes) 3/0.
Hard to imagine but he had almost nothing to do in 45 minutes.

5 Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) 12/1.
Had a couple of good touches as US controlled early portion of second half, hit a chip that was intercepted, mis-trapped a ball with space to exploit.

5 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 128/15.
Set the tempo confidently, kept the middle secure.

5 Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders) 27/1.
Stormed up the right flank on a surprise attack, snuffed a cross.

4 Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union) 57/2.
No impact going forward, blocked a cross in the final seconds.

NR DaMarcus Beasley (unattached), 124/17.
Came on in the final minutes to a nice ovation, helped kill time in the corner.

(Ratings: 1=low; 5=average; 10=high.)

TRIVIA. Michael Bradley passed Marcelo Balboa into fifth place on the U.S. all-time caps list at 128 when he replaced Benny Feilhaber in the second half.

Feb. 3 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
USA 1 Jamaica 0. Goal: Morris 59.
USA -- Robles (Bingham, 46); Zusi (Evans, 68), Birnbaum, Zimmerman, Villafana (Beasley, 86); McCarty (Nagbe, 63); Pontius (Bedoya, 74), Feilhaber (Bradley, 62), Lletget; Morris, Agudelo.
Jamaica -- Blake (Thompson, 46); Lowe, Powell, Campbell (Richie, 61), Fisher, Grandison (Harriott, 78), Williams (Fletcher, 83), Burke (Nicholson, 83), Binns, Watson, Gordon (Holness, 56).
Yellow Card: Jamaica -- Grandison 10.
Att.: 17,903.

42 comments about "USA-Jamaica International Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. cisco martinez, February 3, 2017 at 11:56 p.m.

    And Klinsmann, why wasn't feilhaber not on the US national team?

  2. Wooden Ships replied, February 4, 2017 at 9:17 a.m.

    Agreed Cisco and Kent. Benny is the best 10 this country has ever had and the fact that JK couldn't incorporate him was a JK shortcoming. Having Fabian and Christian along side does provide a real skilled midfield. Villafana looked very good and looks to be able to play there allowing FJ to play in his most effective position. Lletget and Zimmerman made good cases. Fax did well, probably not enough time for March, but who knows? Nagbe is a strong candidate and can play anywhere in the mid. Agudela is strong, but hard to crack March with Wood, Morris and Jozy. Happy for the team last night.

  3. R2 Dad replied, February 4, 2017 at 11:08 a.m.

    Klinsmann addressed this last year: "We had [Feilhaber] several times with us, and he was not able to make a mark," said Klinsmann in an exclusive interview. "Benny unfortunately was never able to step up to an international level with me. Whatever was before was before.

    "We gave him the opportunity a couple of times in our environment and he was never able to put a stamp on the game. That's why he's not invited here, because he's not on my level, not consistent enough."

  4. Wooden Ships replied, February 4, 2017 at 1:21 p.m.

    I remember R 2, but JK was going to change our style of play. I guess he wasn't sincere, because you wouldn't omit our most technical and creative player available.

  5. R2 Dad replied, February 4, 2017 at 3:01 p.m.

    I guess it's a coach's decision. Should you play "our most technical and creative player" if they're not good enough to be effective against top 20 teams? Perhaps JK didn't play with a real 10 because he didn't think he had one to play. Which is interesting, because he played MB plenty of times in attacking then later defending positions even though he wasn't really up to the task, either.

  6. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, February 4, 2017 at 6:32 p.m.

    I think Sacha is better but this is just another example of JK's grudge holding. He didn't get along with Benny personally so he froze him out, something we saw with other players, like Landon. The guy is an ego maniac. And he's not a very good manager either.

  7. Boston Baby replied, February 5, 2017 at 5:32 p.m.

    Klinsmann got into a mode where he played and called in players he liked, no matter how badly they played... didnt matter.

    Arena I also did that until the end. I fear Arena II is starting to fall into that same trap and if so, he won't go far this time either. Take Zusi for example. Are we really so hard up that we have to try and convert an aging halfback? And Beasley... why was he called in? Ans - Arena likes both. Heck, he even called in Wondo and there is no reason for that anymore. He has one more game IMO to show giving him the job was not a mistake

  8. R2 Dad replied, February 5, 2017 at 7:33 p.m.

    I'm not an Arena fan but I think fans should think of CONCACAF as separate from World Cup competition. Maybe BA needs these desperate grafting-type players to ensure we survive the Hex. I'd be more worried about BA decisions in 2018.

  9. Kent James, February 3, 2017 at 11:57 p.m.

    Generally pretty accurate ratings. Zusi was really exposed for lack of speed on the one run that led to the cross that Robles saved, but the rest of the time he seemed okay defensively, and it's not clear to me if Zusi was slow (he wasn't so exposed last game) or the Jamaican was just exceptionally fast. Regardless, Zusi as an outside back will always be an offensive, potentially risky move, but worth a shot if we need an offensive spark. (Evans was also exposed in the 2nd half, maybe by the same attacker? Though he did recover sufficiently to block the cross). Feilhaber justified my faith in him; always mystified why JK never used him, since the US does not have a lot of players with his touch and vision.

  10. Doug Kieffer, February 4, 2017 at 7:48 a.m.

    Dax plays with the Fire now.

  11. Boston Baby replied, February 5, 2017 at 5:35 p.m.

    I thought Dax did ok. I am not a Bradley fan and thought Dax played better than Bradlwy usually does. That being said, I dont see him getting called when it counts

  12. R2 Dad replied, February 5, 2017 at 7:37 p.m.

    I thought DM was surprisingly effective. But what's with the hair? Every time he had a camera on him he's playing with his coif like he has a Trump comb-over. Buy some product or get a haircut--seriously.

  13. Jogo Bonito, February 4, 2017 at 9:23 a.m.

    Now we seen BA's team play twice. Still a small sample, but one clear difference is that despite a lack experience together, every player seems more comfortable on the ball and combining with teammates. What Bruce does well is he creates an environment where players feel trusted by the staff and teammates. It's not easy to do when roster spots are being contested for. In both games, the ball moved freely and while we didn't create a ton of chances, our players looked patient and poised trying to play together. It's a promising start and, for me, a welcomed change from the German-American Kickers club that looked anything but comfortable under Klinnsman.

  14. R2 Dad replied, February 4, 2017 at 11:49 a.m.

    I wouldn't draw too many conclusions playing against Serbia's B/C team and Jamaica (77th in fifa rankings FWIW). Arena has to get through the hex and will be curious if he sticks with MLS players and who/how many non-MLS/Liga MX guys he goes with in March. Klinsmann built a team that could compete against top sides; CONCACAF was a necessary evil. Will Arena build an MLS unit to play after the hex, and continue with all those guys after? This is actually easier for Arena & players now, since so many European players (JJ, Howard, Guzan, Dempsey, Bradley, Altidore, Mix, Bedoya) are finishing their careers in MLS so they're here already. Do you sit Cameron, Brooks, Yedlin, Fabian, Green, Miazga, Chandler, Hyndman, Kitchen, Williams, Boyd? Lots of people on this site have begged for more repetition with a core to build more understanding/familiarity amongst players. Yet the most important relationship--that between keeper and back line--is the one that is most in flux right now. Interesting times....

  15. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, February 4, 2017 at 6:34 p.m.

    "Klinsmann built a team that could compete against top sides" - yes and also a side that put in about two years worth of pathetic performances following a par result at the world cup. He should've been gone right after the 2015 Gold Cup. In a serious soccer nation, a performance like that at a major tournament gets you fired every time.

  16. frank schoon, February 4, 2017 at 11:53 a.m.

    This game was so bad that I stopped my recorder after 18minutes for my cat took his litter box and food bowl and threatened to leave unless I changed stations. I set it for record in morning, this way nobody would be up.
    This is one of the worst Jamaican teams I have ever seen. It is a shame for the Jamaican coach was a good player in his days. This coach had more ball skills ,and probably still has, as a player than all 22 players combined out on the field. After 50 years of soccer this is what the US has produced for a second team. Al right give Benny a chance, whatever. I have my doubts about Bedoya, how 'bout right back who knows? Bedoya does not offer something extra on the wing attack. When I look at Bedoya, before I judge what he does on the field, I look for the intangibles, how he walks, how carries himself, look at his eyes, in sum does not he radiate a presence.
    The Jamaica is not a team that one uses to judge players for their ability on how they will fare. If anything the US should have played a good team of the quality you play against at world cup level.

  17. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, February 4, 2017 at 6:35 p.m.

    Yeah, we know Frank. Then you put on videos of Holland at the 1974 world cup. We know.

  18. R2 Dad replied, February 5, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.

    No, I rewatched it last night. Lots of toothless possession, no one interested in turning and running with the ball at the defense. But watch what happens when someone does--the running off the ball is scatterbrained. Where are the players running into space, the triangles? I saw lots of dumping balls into channels for attackers to run on to, but those mostly ran our for goal kicks.

  19. frank schoon replied, February 5, 2017 at 12:09 p.m.

    R2 Dad, are you serious? ...looking for triangles,LOL. Very few teams have that the ability, unlike Barcelona and a couple of others. Looking for triangles on the US team is like looking for the other side of the moon. The US players have trouble holding on the ball when under pressure...they are going to have to get that down first before learning to play in triangles..
    I knew this game was going to be a joke when I hardly saw any ball boys around the field for they were probably posted outside in the parking lot to retrieve the balls....I had set this game up to record in the morning and somehow it failed to record,( I'm not kidding). Even my recorded rejected this game....

  20. Bob Ashpole replied, February 5, 2017 at 6:15 p.m.

    I haven't watched the match yet. Frank, you are making me laugh. That apparently is the best result I can expect to come from this match.

  21. R2 Dad replied, February 6, 2017 at 6:34 p.m.

    Frank, I don't find your Lowest Common Denominator argument compelling. There is nothing holy or untouchable about intelligent running off the ball. Frank Rijkaard did not spray some special sphincter juice on Spaniards, thus allowing them to play tiki-taka. I have seen intelligent positioning from pre-teens, when they get the proper training. So it's possible for americans to play this way. Since it's possible, I don't see why we don't demand it from players vying for spots on the USMNT; demand it from coaches that select squads. Demand it from clubs where our kids learn to play. If it's important, we should demand our system embrace it. Otherwise, something that is too much to ask will never be available to be given freely.

  22. frank schoon replied, February 7, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.

    R2 Dad, The term running off the ball, sound very simple , obviously, but there is a lot more to it as Cruyff states, that he can't stand players who run off the ball and don't understand where to run. He is not referring to youth soccer players but players who play at the highest level in the world whereby those on our National team can only dream of playing there. When Cruyff coached Barcelona, "The Dream Team" they spend all their practice just playing positional games, just like Guardiola does now. In an interview with Brian Laudrup when he played for Cruyff's Dream Team , he stated, that's all we do is positional games, nothing else, no practicing corners or kicking , no heading. Ronald Koeman, former Dream Team player, who now coaches Everton, stated the same thing, and he added anything else you do on your own time. Of course I use to watch Barcelona practice and that is all they basically did. My point is that there is a lot more to running off the ball, for if it was that simple to teach Cruyff and Guardiola wouldn't spend so much time doing it. There is a lot more to it. As a matter fact Cruyff had criticized the Dutch National Coaching School for producing licensed coaches that can't even teach positioning properly, moving off the ball, for they have never played at the highest level. And that is one of the reasons Dutch soccer has gone down hill due to lack of good qualified coaches at the coaching school, for they are responsible for licensing pro coaches and other coaches. Trust me there is more to just running off the ball that even the Dutch Coaching School has problem teaching it.
    And sorry to say, the USSF, not knowing any better like usual ,allowing these dutch coaches to come here to give pro licenses courses...WHAT A JOKE! And Tiki Taka didn't begin with Rykaard, it began with Guardiola raising the level of play of Barcelona. I agree that should demand it from the American Coaches but you need the right people to teach it

  23. charles davenport, February 4, 2017 at 12:33 p.m.

    Ratings? A goal makes a difference; the USA had great run of play contra serbia, but no goal. Waiting for Pelusic, who will be the best American player ever.

  24. Boston Baby replied, February 5, 2017 at 5:46 p.m.

    If he can put Bedoya on the bench then bring him on

  25. Delroy Wallace, February 4, 2017 at 1:19 p.m.

    So USMT wins 1-0 over a pick up side and that's positive? Really!

  26. beautiful game, February 4, 2017 at 6:28 p.m.

    Da Ratings? Every Jamaican player on the pitch deserved no more than a 3...their ball possession was minimal at best and their soccer IQ appeared at the first rung...the commentators generally suffocated the game except for a one minute spell when they said nothing, what a relief that was...this was a friendly and the referee swallowed his whistle on a few crunching tackles...loved the camera work which focused on every sub's back of the head for 20-seconds while the game was in progress and the commentators came out with biography of their talents (sic). This beautiful game has been going through an evolution of too many shortcomings and delinquencies by those cited.

  27. Robert Biondolillo, February 5, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.

    Agree that the 1-0 win over Jamaica isn't very convincing, but its also not too terribly relevant. The squad we saw play last week will have a lot of changes when Pulisic, Wood and others come in. This was almost solely to determine if any of the previous USMNT players from MLS need to depart (YES) and who is making a case to come up. Fielhaber played well, but he's 32 and Klinsmann has already effectively sunk him. Zimmerman made a case in an area sorely needed, and is young enough to keep building. Would like to see more of him. Morris is in the mix and can't be ignored - especially with Altidore getting hurt every other week, and Morris will just overtake him anyway in a very short time.

  28. Boston Baby replied, February 5, 2017 at 5:39 p.m.

    I expected more out of Benny and he didnt deliver that. The goal was nice but that was about all. I really think he will not beat Sacha out and this will cause trouble for the USA

  29. Wooden Ships replied, February 5, 2017 at 9:05 p.m.

    Boston, you're right and I'm a Feilhaber fan for several years now. He didn't have many quality passes early, not sure why. Maybe guys were instructed to make immediate runs in behind. He is better suited to the shorter wall passes and intermediate diaganols. I don't see Jozy fitting that scheme. The more technical-possession style players around him the better. Sacha is good and if we wind up playing more direct, most of the time, Sacha might fit better. Give me Wood and Morris, with Fabian and Christian outside of BF or SK, then I think we find the back of the net.

  30. Daniel Clifton, February 5, 2017 at 10:03 p.m.

    Jamaica looked horrible. I thought Waler Zimmereman looked good. Feilhaber played decently. I don't understand why he is receiving so much criticism.

  31. Wooden Ships replied, February 6, 2017 at 12:16 a.m.

    The Zimmer did look good. I'll try to speculate on the enigma that is Benny and the decision the we keep putting off. Too many of us are still wanting to keep the strong, fast, athletic player, believing that's our best option to compete. Others, me included, believe in order to really be a factor in international soccer we must out out there a more skilled, creative team, capable of linking many passes in-a-row until finding the moment to put quality shots on goal. Not abandoning quick direct play, but also not having to rely upon it. Many believe we don't have enough of those skilled players, others, me included believe we do. JK defaulted to what he knows, strong, fast, athletic and training designed to weed out. Pirlo, Xavi, and others similar don't fit the JK or traditional US model. Not saying Benny is Pirlo, but he has great vision, imagination and touch-but he isn't a 90 minute box to box midfielder. Remember Pirlos comment a year or so ago about too much running and not enough playing in the MLS? We need the change for our youth to model after this style, the pay to play coaching model hasn't accomplished this transformation. Hoping Bruce will take the risk. Anyway Daniel that's my St. Louis take on the matter, with 60 years of perspective.

  32. Bob Ashpole, February 6, 2017 at 11 a.m.

    WS: Recently I attended my first NSCAA convention and seeing thousands of good coaches there boosted my optimism that things are better and also getting better. I also got a chance to see some unbelievable good U10s during a demonstration that was not about running up and down and long passes. I am sure Barca would be looking at these players if they lived in Spain. Bottom line: I think that rather than inventing a new style of coaching, we just need to expand the good coaching that is already happening around.

  33. frank schoon, February 6, 2017 at 11:11 a.m.

    Wooden ships, i generally agree in what you say.
    First of all you mention creative players which we are in short ,short supply of, and if you ask me to name one, I couldn't, sorry. In the first place, when talking about creativity, we're talking front line attackers first. Altidore, forget it. He's bounced around in Europe from one team to another and the last he was on ,he hardly ever played, but in the US he is a star. Bedoya...forget it. Why is it that all the hispanics we have on the team are not representative of what the average fan think of what a Latin soccer player represents in style and ball handling skills. We have neutered the latinos.
    Everywhere else in South America, the latinos have an air of confidence and a machisimo on the ball that I don't see in American latinos. So that before you can talk about creativity of a player, he has to first acquire an air of confidence , cockiness and an a certain amount of arrogance. I don't even see that in any of our players, for they lack confidence on the ball under pressure. The latinos should carry the day with superior ball skills, but I'm not seeing that. The national team is made up of hard working guys,piano carriers. Pirlo is right, our players do a lot of running but not "footballing". Cruyff stated that "the more one relies on running, the less technique one uses. Also the more one relies on running the dumber the player". Yes, we have to change the style of soccer played. And , definitely, the coaching model as well.

  34. Bob Ashpole replied, February 6, 2017 at 6:54 p.m.

    Frank I have to agree with your comments generally, but there are exceptionally good coaches and players. The most common problem I see is that too many youth coaches drive the initiative and creativity out of players. Example: passing pattern drills. How 1950s. Conventional wisdom is that leaders should be smarter than subordinates and should tell their subordinates how to do the job instead of enabling their subordinates to perform successfully. Coaches are supposed to help, but coaches don't play the games; players do.

  35. beautiful game, February 6, 2017 at 11:25 a.m.

    IMHO, there are too few coaches who want to develop talent; and there are many coaches who do the talk, but when it comes to game time, they can't do the walk.

  36. Bob Ashpole replied, February 6, 2017 at 7:03 p.m.

    Agreed except for one point: practice sessions, not matches, are when the best coaches coach. During matches the most important coaching function is observing.

  37. frank schoon replied, February 7, 2017 at 1:18 p.m.

    Bob, I agree with you on that. I've told my parents that I was never interested in winning as a coach, it was secondary. When I coach , I use the team to develop the player ,it was a tool, not used to specifically win.

  38. frank schoon, February 6, 2017 at 8:47 p.m.

    Bob, "youth coaches " the term says a lot already about youth and how they play. The whole system is wrong. Youth don't need coaches but developers. I'm looking for a quote in one of my Cruyff book of quotes, on coaches, as he quoted Marco van Basten saying "out of the possible 10 coaches you played under, 6 will make you worse, 2 will not harm your development and 2 will make you better. That is what he thinks of coaches. Of course Van Basten considered himself LUCKY
    that Cruyff was one of his coaches/trainer and obviously his measuring stick begins with Cruyff. Of course realize van Basten is talking about Dutch coaches which is at a total different level as compared to a US coaches. A good coach here is one that wins, not one that develops. The difference between a coach and a developer is that former follows professional theories and apply it to youth who are not pros. A coach will tell a youth ,for example, you dribble too much, pass the ball. The coach can be totally right in his observation , for in the pros that should have happened. The problem is that the youth are not developed, are not pros, therefore different rules apply in developing the youth .if the developer has a youth player that loves to dribble and dribbles way too much, you DON'T STOP him from doing something he is good at and obviously much better than his teammates in dribbling. Don't throw out the baby with bath water. In my experience ,in my first year with Ajax youth , I totally had no tactical concept, but I was able to dribble and beat 7 opponents in a row and just lose the ball. Nothing was said by my coach for he knew although what I did was not right in the eyes of a coach. But you have to turn it around and ask how many kids were capable of doing this, in sum don't take that gift away from him but gently guide him over time. As acoach/develop I would rather have a team with 11 ball hogs. For you see ball hogs are already a step ahead in their development . Psychologically , they are already confident and not afraid of their opponent. A player who very confident with the ball is easier to teach.

  39. Bob Ashpole replied, February 7, 2017 at 12:35 p.m.

    I agree Frank. If I did not focus on the good coach exceptions instead of the normal development experience, I would get very discouraged. Personally I had no development coaches in soccer because I never had the opportunity to play on a youth soccer team. Fortunately I had really great high school football and basketball coaches as examples. (The football coach is in our state hall of fame as a coach.) Over the years I have seen a lot of youth coaches in action between being involved with youth soccer or through my adult team. About 90% of the coaches I observed I did not respect. Some were merely not using the best coaching practices. More were just bad coaches. The worst should not have been allowed to speak to children much less coach.

  40. Allan Lindh, February 6, 2017 at 9:01 p.m.

    Cummon you guys are too negative
    We won, some new, some young players looked pretty good
    Compare this to the side JK put out in 2015.
    Add the best of the Europeans
    We might be OK
    Hell of a lot better with Littlemann gone

  41. R2 Dad replied, February 7, 2017 at 12:36 a.m.

    Allen, why is it important to win a friendly against a CONCACAF minnow?

  42. Allan Lindh replied, February 7, 2017 at 2:30 a.m.

    Just cuz it's better than losing. Some skill players got to shake things down a bit, a new young CB, hard to imagine the comments would have been any more negative if we had lost. And we have a sane grownup with a lot of experience (on performance the best US coach ever) driving the bus.

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