USA-Venezuela International Friendly Player Ratings

June 3 in Sandy, Utah.
USA 1 Venezuela 1. Goals: Pulisic 61; Velazquez 29.
Att.: 17,315.
An improved second half marked by a Christian Pulisic goal earned the USA a 1-1 tie with Venezuela Saturday.

Several excellent saves by Tim Howard and Pulisic’s goal were the brightest U.S. moments of this friendly, in which the Americans fell behind during a rather flat first half and got their goal when Pulisic controlled a pass from Fabian Johnson and made space to shoot left-footed into the bottom corner.

Head coach Bruce Arena used his full allotment of six substitutes. Defender Matt Beslerwas released to rejoin Sporting Kansas City, depleted by injuries for a game with Minnesota that SKC won, 3-0.

U.S. Player Ratings:
Rating Player (Team) Caps/Goals
7 Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids) 114/0.
Showed quickness and sharp reflexes to repel shots by Junior Moreno and Rubert Quijada that kept the game close. No fault on the goal. Got the ball out quickly several times to get the U.S. moving upfield.

5 DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG) 44/0.
Very dangerous getting forward, served a couple of excellent crosses -- including one that Morris headed on frame -- and combined nicely a few times with Fabian Johnson. Had problems containing Darwin Machis but toughened up in the second half.

5 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG) 51/4.
Hit a couple of errant passes but also delivered several excellent balls, including one that floated perfectly for Clint Dempsey, who couldn’t find space for a shot.

4 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 31/3.
Won a few balls early. Occasionally reacted too late to close down Salomon Rondon and Francisco Flores. Fell heavily going for a ball in the air and came off in the 56th minute.

6 Jorge Villafana (Santos/MEX), 5/0.
Aggressive in the final third, swung over several threatening crosses, bailed out the defense by heading out a dangerous serve. Got back to contain Jhon Murillo. Took another big step toward locking down left back slot but a heavy schedule the next two months will require a couple of alternatives.

4 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 131/17.
Hit two excellent middle-distance passes, but lost ball twice in bad spots and left big gaps in the middle that were exploited by Moreno and Flores. Played sharper in the second half.

5 Fabian Johnson (Borussia M'Gladbach/GER) 56/2.
Cut back the ball that Pulisic turned into the U.S. goal, couldn’t challenge Jose Manuel Velazquez on Venezuelan goal. Tucked inside a lot on the first half to make space for Yedlin and did okay in the middle; spotty transitioning from offense to defense caused his team a few concerns.

5 Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers) 16/1.
Connected nicely twice with Clint Dempsey and glided past two defenders on the dribble to unhinge the defense. Took one shot that was blocked. Rarely a factor defensively.

6 Christian Pulisic (Bor. Dortmund/GER) 14/5.
Drilled a superb equalizer inside the far post after excellent set-up touch. Dribbles and sharp cuts drew several fouls. Like many players, looked winded early but got stronger and more confident as the match unfolded. Corner kicks were disappointing.

3 Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER) 30/8.
Put in the usual amount of hard work and got into the mix without mounting a real threat. Did not manage a shot. Floated out to the right wing to swing in a good cross.

4 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) 132/56.
Teammates didn’t find him in good spots very often but he did manage to get off three shots, one of which might have been blocked by a handball.

5 Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), 38/1.
Lost mark on Salomon Rondon on a chip that was volleyed right to the keeper but then thwarted him on the dribble. Headed a U.S. corner kick just wide in the final minute.

5 Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), 2/0.
Passed the ball really well except for one mis-hit and won his duels.

6 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), 6/0.
Hit a few connecting passes through central midfield, delivered a good corner kick and excellent free kick.

5 Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG), 24/1.
Completed most of his passes, knocked a shot wide from close range.

5 Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), 15/2.
Found space in the box to squeeze through a ball Acosta couldn’t reach, denied by keeper on 50-50 ball, headed a Yedlin cross right to the keeper.

NR Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), 46/5.
Got right into the game, completed his two passes.

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

TRIVIA. Bradley debuted at the senior level against Venezuela slightly more than 11 years ago, as a late sub in a 2-0 U.S. win on May 26, 2006.
June 3 in Sandy, Utah.
USA 1 Venezuela 1. Goals: Pulisic 61; Velazquez 29.
USA –- Howard; Yedlin (Zusi, 90+1), Cameron (Gonzalez, 46), Brooks (Hedges, 56, Villafana, Johnson (Ream, 63), Bradley, Nagbe (Morris, 70), Pulisic, Wood, Dempsey (Acosta, 63).
Venezuela – Contreras; Camacho, Velazquez (Osorio, 56), Villanueva, Quijada, Murillo (Vargas, 89), Flores, Moreno (La Mantia, 83), Machis (Romero, 67), Santos (Savarino, 72), Rondon (Ponce, 90+3).
Referee: Jeffrey Solis (Costa Rica).
Att.: 17,315.

36 comments about "USA-Venezuela International Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. Thomas Brannan, June 4, 2017 at 2:52 a.m.

    Did FS1 show the National Anthem of the USA prior to the game. All I seen starting on the hour was commercials while UNIHD was showing the National Anthem of the USA.

  2. David Mont replied, June 4, 2017 at 11:52 a.m.

    I noticed that too.

  3. C Stephans, June 4, 2017 at 6:10 a.m.

    I saw the rainbow numbers and turned it off. This is the US National team not an advocacy program. Stick to red, white and blue. The 2006 warm up with Venezuela preceded an 0-2-1 dismissal from the WC that led to Arena's exit. I hope this game leads to better play. But this time they can pat themselves on the back for promoting a cause many reject.

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, June 4, 2017 at 7:33 p.m.

    America in general rejects your homophobia. Grow up.

  5. don Lamb replied, June 4, 2017 at 10:31 p.m.

    You can't stand to watch a game that involves rainbow colored numbers, and your type calls OTHER people snowflakes? Could you be any more fragile?

  6. Joe Linzner, June 4, 2017 at 9:56 a.m.

    There are also many that do not reject that cause. It is high time that in the USA everyone is equal, male or female, religion, racially as well as orientation. To express tolerance is commendable. Intolerance is not. It is your choice which is also your right! The game was typical Arena ball. Boring, dull imprecise and clueless. Absolutely loved the half time interview and the tired platitudes by the brilliant coach.

  7. K Michael replied, June 4, 2017 at 10:34 a.m.

    Say, Joe, you may have missed the big news, but everyone already is equal. What a relief, huh?! Now, the key is to separate equality with acceptance. You see, I find two males French-kissing and holding hands in public just a wee bit more repugnant than the "get-a-room" male-female couple doing the same; but, I do recognize crystal clear their equal right to do so. We're cool, yes?

  8. frank schoon replied, June 4, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.

    K, Good one,LOL

  9. Kent James replied, June 4, 2017 at 2:19 p.m.

    K Michael, everyone is not equal. In many states, employers can fire people for being gay. If you're in business to serve the public, you should serve everyone (unless they are behaving inappropriately), after all, no one is forcing you into a business where you serve the public. The daily show set up a barbecue truck in NC and refused to serve people they thought looked gay. It was quite interesting how it turned out.

  10. K Michael, June 4, 2017 at 10:22 a.m.

    The rainbow numbers were ridiculous; I mean of all the issues, team USA picks gay rights?! Which right is it that they do not have under our Constitution? I've read the thing twice and can see no mention of anything. Voting...check. Trial by jury of peers...check. Peacable assembly...check. Bear arms...check. Property ownership...check. Religious expression...check. I am truly stumped!

  11. K Michael, June 4, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.

    Wait!! I got it! They demand the right to have 100% of everybody totally and happily accept and embrace their lifestyle choices...that must be it! But, there's the rub, isn't it. Psst, I'll tell you something that I learned many moons ago; you will never, ever, ever be completely accepted, liked, respected, by everyone at any time. It's true! My advice is when one baker gets a bit leery about invalidating their own deeply held religious convictions by baking your "Fabulous" wedding cake, go to one of the other dozens of bakers in town. Crazy, I know.

  12. don Lamb replied, June 4, 2017 at 10:40 p.m.

    Curious why this would irritate you so much? Nobody is forcing you to do anything or think anything.

  13. K Michael, June 4, 2017 at 10:29 a.m.

    That reminds me. wait a minute, let's see here...hmmm...nope, nothing in the Constitution forces a commercial transaction upon two free citizens. I was nervous for a minute there.

  14. Joe Linzner replied, June 4, 2017 at 3:23 p.m.

    how can you say everyone is equal and then berate an entire group of people? Yes everyone has equal rights under the constitution but it is exactly an opinion like you are expressing that will keep inequality in the dark ages. Free speech is also addressed by the constitution so your right is also addressed. To get back to the game. As long as we depend on XXs and OOOs we will never play attractive successful Fussball.

  15. Bret Newman replied, June 4, 2017 at 5:41 p.m.

    Can anyone talk soccer, or is this a political forum?

  16. Nelson Cupello, June 4, 2017 at 11:23 a.m.

    When I watch a sporting event, I want to be entertained. I don't want political statements.

  17. frank schoon, June 4, 2017 at 11:54 a.m.

    Guys, Here is the problem that I see, which is MIDFIELD. First of all, Bradley is way too slow in releasing the ball. His slow manner makes all his passes so predictable . I could order and have a pizza before releasing the ball. This is UNREAL. If I were his coach, I tell him he has 2 seconds upon receiving the ball to pass it. A time constraint would force him to think ahead of time, where the ball should go and position himself in the most functional way for quicker ball movement. Bradley is also positioned way too far back,sometimes equal and between the center backs( breaking the golden rule in soccer of intertwining 2 linies) thus making his passes so predictable and less functional. Bradley drops sofar back causing to have one less midfielder. But here is the "kicker". Bradley creates such a big gap between his own midfielders ,forcing Nagbi and Pulisic to come back for a pass from Bradley. As a result both midfielders receive the ball, way back in their own half, with their backs facing downfield. This is a complete horror show, leading to having NO MIDFIELD. Furthermore ,every pass upfield from Bradley is to a player with his back facing downfield. Johnson the other midfielder seems like he is a little lost out there. He differs from Nagbe in that he releases the ball quicker and is a more forward looking midfielder and looks for combinational play. Nagby doesn't have clue what to do upon receiving the ball and right away wants to use his speed to dribble. I think he must have a part time job with UPS for he tends to almost deliver the ball to the next station rather than making a quick pass. Note his passes never beats an opponent, they are either backwards, square or to someone coming up on the flanks. Until Pulisic scored a goal, he didn't do much. His role on the National team is different from that of on Dortmund's. On Dortmund he is just young talented kid who is playing with seasoned players who send him, unlike on the National team he is considered a star product. He plays two different roles, In the former he runs off the ball to receive a pass and on the National team he has to do something with the ball... the latter he is not ready for as yet.

  18. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, June 4, 2017 at 7:35 p.m.

    Typically poor analysis.

  19. Greg Morris, June 4, 2017 at 11:55 a.m.

    Really disappointing performance. Johnson was terrible. Gave the ball away needlessly in bad spots, didn't track his marks, poor timing and angles on runs. "Couldn't" challenge on the goal? You mean wouldn't. Wood did not put in his usual hard work. Dempsey did not get the ball in good spots because he usually stood in one spot and waited for service which he doesn't have the pace to get to. Bradley's positioning was awful repeatedly drifting into the shadow of defenders or taking bad angles. I don't remember him winning a single tackle. Overall, the lack of pace was frightening.

  20. Kent James replied, June 4, 2017 at 2:33 p.m.

    While I agree that Johnson (who I generally like) had a very poor game (he looked inept in the final third), I thought generally we played well. Venezuela generated few chances (though the ones they did generate were quite well done). We repeatedly used nice inter-passing, dribbling and teamwork to beat them down the flanks, but it often broke down with the final pass (the players in the center were either too deep or not deep enough), so that needs work. Had we been able to connect on some of those, it would have been a different story (and we are capable of doing that). So I thought the line-up was pretty solid.

    Though I am NOT a fan of the 3 centerback lineup we used at the end (that's what we did v. Mexico when we played them last time, which left our centerbacks drawn out on the flanks trying to defend their quick forwards 1 v 1; a recipe for disaster.

  21. Joe Linzner replied, June 4, 2017 at 3:36 p.m.

    Has anyone ever considered that when speed of thought is far superior to supporting players, you are forced to play down to their level. Thus a pass into an expected run goes awry! Even Pulisic looked inept most of the game until he received a pass and controlled and shot with his off foot!

  22. Greg Morris replied, June 4, 2017 at 6:32 p.m.


    Venezuela gave us tons of time and space on the ball - just look at the possession numbers. They gave us the flanks and played the counter. You said Venezuela had few quality chances but they had far more than us. They were 2 Howard saves away from putting 3 on us in a half. I'm not comfortable with that line-up against a Mexico because they will not give us time and space on the ball. This would be made worse by the lack of pace or at least thoughtful activity up top allowing Mexico to press even higher and give us less time and space in the middle. Think of all the times Venezuela quickly ended up in the attacking third with just a few passes and then wonder how those would have turned out at Azteca. We also looked very shaky defending set pieces. With our size how was it that Venezuela won nearly every header on corners and directs?

  23. Kent James replied, June 4, 2017 at 11:41 p.m.

    Greg, I agree that Wood and Dempsey were not good in the box (Dempsey was almost non-existent, though he's one of those guys that can do that for long periods and then surprise you with a deft touch or creative display; he's not my favorite player, but he's certainly proven himself). But I don't think Venezuela consciously conceded the flanks (they were not undefended, we just beat the guys defending them). I would argue their quality chances were against the flow of play, not inevitable , though given our height advantage, you are right that we should not have even conceded those (but I don't see that as a big US weakness).

  24. frank schoon, June 4, 2017 at 12:35 p.m.

    What I noticed also is that so many of our players like to use speed running. For example, Nagbi, Yedlin, Pulisic, Wood, etc, but not Dempsey, Bradley or the Venezuela players. When we think of speed in the US, we judge the players on size and speed, WHICH IS WRONG, for that type of speed takes no brains and it is the lowest common denominator of play. So many kids get penalized due to these 2 qualities. Speed should not be judged how fast one runs but BALL HANDLING SPEED AND THINKING SPEED,(Look at Xavi, Iniesta,etc) two aspects of soccer American players lack and are not taught by these soccer academies. SPEED IS BETWEEN THE EARS NOT BETWEEN THE LEGS! Like last night some our 'speedy' players forgot that we played with lesser oxygen in the air but that is how they play. A faster game has nothing to do with running fast for nothing is faster than the ball. A fast game, depends on how you position off the ball in a manner to further the transition of the ball to the next station, in the manner of receiving the ball making the least possible control movements, the manner of the pass (speed wise and to proper foot), and with another receiving the ball while in motion ,in other words the 3rd man off the ball, of which we haven't even gotten to that level as of yet.
    When I look at the US coaching staff there is no one on that has a higher playing experience than the players. Who can teach our midfielder the higher level "insights" , the 'real' soccer knowledge, not this garbage you pick up from an "A" license coaching course. In the AS column,"USA has the momentum at Under-20 World Cup," by Woitella, Yangel Herrera talks about his coach Patrick Vieira and Andeas Pirlo in helping his game to higher level. Of course, these guys have played at the highest level, are very experience, and have a deeper understanding and knowledge of the game you won't ever learn in these coaching courses. Vieira and Pirlo, guys like that, should be invited to help out on the National team, especially our midfield. If I were the National team coach, I would have some of those of great players ,advising and teaching the finer touches of the game...but instead we have some JOE BLOWS with "A" license from the coaching school. If we are going to get serious we need these kinds of experts to improve our talented the next step up....but that still hasn't happened.

  25. frank schoon, June 4, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.

    I would recommend getting rid of all MLS coaches and bring in types like Vieira, along with another great like a Pirlo to help coach and teach the finer elements of the to the US players. Right now a US player in the MLS, in order to get better insight and coaching would have to be lucky to be going to some team in Europe that plays European Cup ball. We need to get serious with our soccer and bring in higher level playing expertise , instead of bringing in some rumdum ,a stiff, with a coaching license from Holland. The next USNMT coach , if doesn't have some retired greats on his coaching staff, he should be FIRED!

  26. Daniel Kelly, June 4, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.

    How can we ever expect to win anything when he keeps accidentally playing Brooks? It's like 2002 all over again when he kept accidentally playing Agoos. Disgraceful!

  27. Nick Daverese, June 4, 2017 at 2:44 p.m.

    Agoss used to make me laugh. When he was in the defensive wall sometimes he would not bother to protect his jewels.

  28. beautiful game, June 4, 2017 at 3:43 p.m.

    Whatever happened to Bogie Bogisevic of the Cosmos; no speed but a wizard in technical skills, distribution, and shielding the one cared to get him involved after he retired.

  29. frank schoon replied, June 4, 2017 at 5:16 p.m.

    I w, Right on!!
    I got a feeling the American braintrust ,as you know who I mean, don't like their own power based be reduced by foreign players who know so much more. I remember Nene Cubillas was flunked at the US coaching school for a silly B license. They figured once he would get his "A'' license he would be the most experienced coach out there. And that would not suit Anson Dorrance and his buddies who ran the show in those days.

  30. Goal Goal, June 4, 2017 at 8:08 p.m.

    bradley made two good passes. That's 1 good pass every 45 minutes. Dynamic!

  31. beautiful game, June 5, 2017 at 12:10 a.m.

    It's still could have, should have, would a whole the USMNT performance had no positives. Pulisic is the real deal who made things happen; one guy amigos.

  32. James Madison, June 5, 2017 at 12:39 a.m.

    Lazy/lackdasical, as in the case of Bradley. He may have been unhappy, because Arena had put the clamps on him. Except for a pair in the second half to the deep left, he made quick passes, but easy ones and showed little vigor on defense. And sometimes witless, as when Nagbe, for example, would take the ball on the dribble and lose it by running directly into a defender. The only solid play I saw---play by players who seem to have a lock on their spots--- came from Howard and Villafana at the left back

  33. Miguel Dedo, June 5, 2017 at 9:05 a.m.

    Is it Jorge Villafana or Jorge Villafaña? Soccer America and the US Soccer Federation write Villafana, Wikipedia, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post write Villafaña. The Fox Sports 1 announcer said Villafaña all night. Though n and ñ come one after the other in the alphabet, they are different letters. Smith is not Stith. Pay attention, some are getting it wrong.

  34. Miguel Dedo replied, June 6, 2017 at 8:50 a.m.

    I thought to look at the Club Santos Laguna webpage. They list on their roster "Jorge Antonio Flores Villafaña."
    Soccer America and Sports Illustrated seem to be wrong, Sports Illustrated and the Washington Post correct.

  35. Ric Fonseca, June 6, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.

    Senor Finger, I mean Dedo, why worry about such small nuances? It's like one saying, "tomatoh" and another saying "tomaaatoe..." As long as the player is properly identified, who cares! PLAY ON!

  36. Miguel Aviles, June 8, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

    Venezuela showed their true ability as today they advanced to the final of the U20 World Cup. This is a talented Venezuela team, very calm yet strong, skilled and well coached. They are a real treat to watch.

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