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).