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USA-Mexico Men's Friendly Player Ratings

USA-MEXICO EXPRESS:
Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tenn.
USA 1 Mexico 0. Goal: Adams 71.
Att.: 40,194.

Mexico played the more cohesive soccer in this clash of youngsters until El Tri forward Angel Zaldivar's 67th-minute red card. The USA responded quickly to the ejection with 19-year-old Tyler Adams' first national team goal for a 1-0 win on Tuesday in Tennessee.

USA Player Ratings:
Starters
Player (Club) GP/G
5 Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew) 5/0
Best looking first-half save was a tip over bar on header that looked high anyway. Snagged a couple crosses securely. Easy diving save on a soft close-range shot. Committed a hand-ball, but El Tri failed to take advantage of free kick.

6 Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP) 3/0
Right-back played mostly with poise and broke up a second-half attack in the penalty area.

6 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL) 5/0
Booted a couple aimless balls in first half but made solid tackles throughout the game. Helped out Moore when needed.

6 Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA) 9/1
Won lots of headers and intercepted low passes. Third foolish foul, a shirt tug in midfield, earned him a yellow card. Lucky not to get a second yellow when his uniform was pulled and he lost his temper.

3 Eric Lichaj (Hull City/ENG) 15/1
Right back struggled defensively and did nothing offensively. Subbed in 56th minute.

5 Wil Trapp  (Columbus Crew) 8/0
Off his game defensively (Diego Lainez's feint left him sprawled) and offensively (lofted ball out of bounds while not under pressure). Victim of red-card foul by Zaldivar.

4 Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids) 19/1
Slammed an 19-yard free kick straight into the wall and did poorly with corner kicks. Defensively OK in midfield.

7 Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) 7/1
Nice first-touch 13-yard finish for the 1-0 after storming from halfway line to meet Robinson's pass. Defensively, he helped prevent Mexico from turning midfield possession into serious threats.

4 Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER) 6/1
Hit one good pass before subbed in 40th minute because of sore knee.

5 Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA) 5/1
Came alive late in first half, winning corner kick with deflected long-distance shot and forcing save with 23-yard shot. Could have done better with his second-half passing.

4 Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew) 40/6
Fouled for the free kick Acosta wasted. Most experienced U.S. starter failed to spearhead the attack.

Substitutes
6 Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth/GER) 12/4
Replaced McKennie late in first half and took a couple shots (blocked by defender and wide). Active but imprecise in second half.

7 Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG) 4/0
Hit a good low cross that Zardes came up short on after entering in 56th minute. Delivered the crisp low pass from the left flank that Adams finished. Solid defensively at left back.

nr Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER) 41/12
His 10 minutes of action included a blow to the head and a yellow card.

nr Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders) 5/0
An 85th minute sub.

nr DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG) 54/0
An 88th minute sub. Picked up a dissent yellow card.

nr Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN) 3/0
Entered in stoppage time.

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


TRIVIA: The USA is now unbeaten against Mexico in 12 straight friendlies -- last having lost in in 1999, 2-1, in San Diego. All the friendlies have been hosted by the USA besides the USA's 1-0 win at Azteca Stadium in 2012.

Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tenn.
USA 1 Mexico 0. Goal: Adams 71.
USA -- Steffen, Moore (Yedlin, 86), Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Lichaj (Robinson, 56), Trapp, Acosta (Roldan, 85), Adams, McKennie (Green, 40), Weah (Delgado, 92+), Zardes (Wood, 80).
Mexico -- Gonzalez, Arteaga, Ayala, Abella, Alanis (Angulo, 86), Lainez (E.Hernandez, 75), Aguirre, Alvarado (Pulido 74), Guzman (Gallardo, 80), Zaldivar.
Yellow cards: USA -- Miazga 38, Yedlin 88, Wood 89; Mexico -- Alvarez 66.
Red cards: USA -- none. Mexico -- Zaldivar 67.
Referee: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica).
Att.: 40,194.

Stats: USA/Mexico
Shots: 13/10
Shots on target: 3/3
Saves: 3/2
Corner Kicks: 4/3
Fouls: 12/8
Offside: 0/0
Possession: 47%/53%

23 comments about "USA-Mexico Men's Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. don Lamb, September 12, 2018 at 8:26 a.m.

    Moore with a 6? He deserved a 3. He struggled at least as poorly as Lichaj losing possession over and over again.

  2. Kent James replied, September 12, 2018 at 9:02 a.m.

    This is new comment, not a reply to Don, but for some reason this is the only way I can comment.  I didn't think anyone was particularly bad (I thought Lichaj did pretty well with the ball, handling it an awful lot under pressure, and hitting some nice left-footed passes, in spite of (as Taylor Twellman kept reminding us!) he is not a left-footed player).  I thought it was a pretty even game; we did well initially, then Mexico dominated for most of the first half (the young kid, #18 for Mexico (Guzman?) was very impressive), and we started the 2nd half much better. Once Mexico got the red card, that helped us solidify our 2nd half control. I thought Miazga was particularly good, though instigating stuff when you're on a yellow card is not smart (I would have taken him off at that point, to avoid playing a man down).

  3. Eddie A Garcia, M.D., September 12, 2018 at 11:14 a.m.

    Agree w/ Kent.  That Miazga dude is a knucklehead, not to mention that he choses to vent his frustrations at controlling an opposing player who clearly outclasses him several times over despite his diminutive size by mocking that very size discrepancy, hah!  That was the #18 guy you referenced for MEX, Kent.  His name is Diego Lainez.  He is Messi's size, and has similar playing style.  Watch for him to tear it up in the next few years.

    Loving the use of younger players on both sides. Damn they're fast!  Anybody else think the red card was BS?  How does Zaldivar stepping on the ball and losing his footing constitute a STRAIGHT red card???  

  4. don Lamb replied, September 12, 2018 at 12:44 p.m.

    lol Lainez being compared to Messi. He's very skillful, but does not have anywhere close to the elite speed that Messi has. Lainez is more comparable to Gilbert Fuentes than Lionel Messi.

  5. frank schoon, September 12, 2018 at 12:14 p.m.

    First of all we shouldn't even be rating these players, right now,until we get a team set and a coach who has a direction of where he wants to go , then these  ratings will more meaning. As far as I can see right now ,the less you know about this game the higher the player ratings and vice versa.
    I would like to state that this scumbag, Miazga, has no place on this team. First of all he is not a good player or Footballer as is shown by his antics. His continued use of his hands on opponents in the penalty area will sooner or later cause a penalty to be called. His actions of belittleing his smaller opponent is so disgusting and shows little class. This idiot last year in Holland was caught ,as shown nationwide on dutch TV , grabbing ,in a sneaky underhanded manner,   the crotch of an unsuspecting opponent  and sqeezing it, during a dead ball play situation. The ref failed to see it, but his team Vitesse was so embarrassed by this action that they suspended him for a game. This stuff and this lowlife has no place in this game.
    This was no penalty. Anyone with half a brain could see that the Mexican player attempted to turn with the ball employing the outside of his left foot, but unfortunately lost his footing. He slipped awkwardly and unfortunately sled into the opponent...There was never any attempt of going after the American player. I think that red card was way to severe. 


  6. Kent James replied, September 12, 2018 at 12:45 p.m.

    You and Eddie are right that the Mexican player was not executing a viscious, studs up tackle on Trapp.  He was trying to use the outside of his foot to cut the ball back, either misjudged how far the ball was away from him or slipped (or both), and his studs went straight into Trapp's ankle.  In a friendly game where everyone could tell it was an accident, the ref may have gotten away with a yellow.  Given the context of this game, with the confrontation between both teams happening probably less than a minute prior to this, and most observers not seeing the nuanced view we have on instant replay, if the ref does not issue a straight red there, he'll be issuing many more red cards in the next few minutes.  So the card was harsh, but justified (and I would argue, necessary).  He intended to do what he did (going after the ball with his studs being exposed to Trapp's ankle, endangering the safety of another player), even if it was not mallicious.  

  7. frank schoon replied, September 12, 2018 at 1 p.m.

    Kent, he wasn't going after the ball with his studs. He turning his foot to his left, wanting to apply the outside of his foot...how do you ,I ask , use your studs in that manner. He slipped ,that is how his studs faced the player which comes natural when you slip on your back...

  8. Kent James replied, September 12, 2018 at 11:45 p.m.

    Frank, that's what I was saying. But the process of using the outside of his foot to cut the ball back exposes the studs (the top of his foot is pushing down on the ball, so his studs are facing away from him, and in this case, towards Trapp; because he hit the ball on the top instead of the backside, his studs are higher, which becomes a problem when he slips forward because now they are sliding down onto Trapps ankle.  So it becomes his studs on Trapps ankle, which clearly endangers Trapp.  Not malicious, but given the context of the game, clearly a red card.

  9. Kent James replied, September 12, 2018 at 11:48 p.m.

    Frank, that's what I was saying. But the process of using the outside of his foot to cut the ball back exposes the studs (the top of his foot is pushing down on the ball, so his studs are facing away from him, and in this case, towards Trapp; because he hit the ball on the top instead of the backside, his studs are higher, which becomes a problem when he slips forward because now they are sliding down onto Trapps ankle.  So it becomes his studs on Trapps ankle, which clearly endangers Trapp.  Not malicious, but given the context of the game, clearly a red card.

  10. frank schoon replied, September 13, 2018 at 6:43 a.m.

    Kent, you’re wrong. The turning to the left and pushing the ball with the outside of the foot , requires the use of the outside of the foot not the studs. If he had employed the use of the studs ,he would have felt forwards, not backwards.  In his movement of turning to the left it requires the outside of the foot and in so doing the studs face ground in that process. The only reason those studs faced the opponent is that he slipped and fell with back on his back.
    in the process of turning to the left, your body has to lean back to counteract the forward momentum, that is why he landed on his back because he slipped.   

  11. Kent James replied, September 15, 2018 at 9:45 a.m.

    Frank, I'm a little unclear as to what you think I have wrong.  He was trying to execute a dribbling move, during which his studs went into Trapp's ankle. If his studs were never exposed to Trapp, he wouldn't have caught his ankle with them. I think he was trying to reach beyond the ball and cut it back with the outside of his foot (changing the direction 180°) and miscalculated (or slipped, or both).  If you think he was moving the ball sideways instead of back, okay, but that move would have his foot next to the ball, not over the top, and shouldn't expose his studs to Trapps ankle (unless he steps on it).  Either way, the key part is he unquestionably nailed Trapp with his studs, which, given the almost fight that happened 30 seconds earlier, required a red card. 

  12. frank schoon replied, September 15, 2018 at 12:41 p.m.

    Kent the only reason his studs were exposed was the he slipped and fell on his back ,that happens when you fall on your back, the bottom of his feet are exposed. It had nothing to do with his dribbling. Let's say he didn't have the ball and wasn't dribbling and just slipped and fell on his back than likewise his studs would be exposed. Don't' tie  his dribbling with the exposure of the studs., that has nothing to do with it. The more I think about this call the more I think it is a terrible call.
    It is all about intent. Just like in the penalty area when the ball hits the player's arm or hand, the ref has to decide if it was with intent....and that was what the ref should have taken into account. this 

  13. R2 Dad replied, September 15, 2018 at 9:07 p.m.

    Frank, just a reminder that Intent was largely written out of the LOTG almost 20 years ago. Essentially, it doesn't matter what a player tried or did not try to do--the official is assessing just what happened--ie cleats up on ankle--and is carding that. If Zaldivar was playing under control he would not have put another player's health in jeopardy. Speed/force of tackle is the responsibility of the player going into the tackle. This is complicated when you have opposing players going to ground at the same time, but this was not the case.

  14. frank schoon replied, September 15, 2018 at 10:11 p.m.

    R2, i’m sure You’re right on that for i’m Lousy when it comes to rules of the game, but there also gray areas which the ref face  in certain situations which are not as clear like when it comes to a hand ball in the penalty area. Some naturally are obvious but there also some where  he won’t call for due to some subjectivity.
    Zaldivar’s had control but then slip. Let’s suppose the US defender next to him slightly bumped him and caused him to slipped ,would he have gotten a red card or would the ref employed some subjectivity in the call. I’m just left with a bitter taste in my mouth concerning this call for I don’t this player deserved a red card....

  15. R2 Dad replied, September 16, 2018 at 5:42 a.m.

    Frank, handling inside the box is a tough one because officials don't want to change the nature/outcome of the match with a handling call. If you think it's frustrating at the adult level, try watching a game where the ball hits a hand/arm 20 times in a young girl's match! There is a lot of confustion on the part of the players and parents on what constitutes Handling at that level--it's much more diffucult at the professional level because it usually comes down to Was the hand/arm in a Natural Position? The pro game moves so quickly, and the ball can easily find a hand/arm when it's moving fast through a tangle of defenders. Hand to ball, or ball to hand?

  16. Eddie A Garcia, M.D., September 12, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.

    Playing style, Don. No one mentioned speed.  Irrespective of that, this kid is no slouch.  My respects to Lionel.  No one will likely ever match him.

  17. frank schoon, September 12, 2018 at 1:25 p.m.

    Anyone happy with this 1-0 outcome doesn't understand the game or overall picture of what really needs to happen to the American game and or player development. Just look at how the Mexicans played ,they have a DNA of style of play that ,regardless of who is new or isn't playing, the Mexicans are playing ball whereby their DNA is not changed. With the Americans you never know what to expect, for there is no DNA or style, it's just a hodgepodge of opportunistic soccer.
    Did you notice the Mexicans won just about every ball in tight constested spaces where there were a bunch of players present fighting for the ball and the Mexicans basically won most of the secondary balls. Note the Mexican are so much better, quicker in ball handling in those small contested spaces and they like to hold on to the ball a little longer, like the Brazilians, thereby inviting the US player to fully commit and thus lose his spacing with his teammates. This way of playing tells you how confident the Mexicans are with the ball that we lack.The Americans are just not good one on one players ,they are technically too slow in their ball handling abilities, and that's  why they have ball possession problems.
    I like the cross field passing switching to the other side something you rarely or not even saw from the US side.The Mexicans played nice organized ball.  
    Sofar I'm not impressed with Weah, he needs space to make his runs, another example of your typical American who needs running space. He dribbles with the ball way too far ahead in small spaces. PSG already wants to loan him out somewhere else but he refuses to leave.
    There a french movie out on Netflix called 'Ballon sur Bitume". It is a documentary about the French "street soccer" culture where all the great french players grew up playing. I don't know if we have it yet on Netflix hers but you can Youtube, has trailer and some other ones about French street soccer culture.
    Ballon sur Bitume | Trailer - YouTube  ;La Street et la Ballon nous collent à la peau - ;
       YouTube;'Ousmane' | Concrete Football - YouTube
    When you watch this you will understand, that American players will never be anygood without playing street soccer for that is where you obtain strong one on one ball handling skills, that we lack currentl so lack.  Once this street ,pickup, culture is developed, that  wil be the end of "pay for play" as we know it. The DA academies is able to teach what you learn and obtain soccerwise in playing street/pickup ball. You'll not get anywhere unless you spend more time playing pickup soccer than club ball...

  18. frank schoon replied, September 12, 2018 at 1:29 p.m.

    Meant to say the DA academies are UNABLE to teach what you learn soccerwise in the street/pickup soccer culture...

  19. frank schoon replied, September 12, 2018 at 3:07 p.m.

    Netflix does have CONCRETE FOOTBALL....

  20. don Lamb replied, September 12, 2018 at 5:29 p.m.

    Have you watched Andrew Carleton play, frank? Or any of our youth for that matter? Sargent? Soto? Fuentes? Busio? The DA is producing some quality players.

  21. Bob Ashpole, September 12, 2018 at 4:12 p.m.

    "Delivered the crisp low pass from the left flank that Adams finished." The cross deflected off the Mexican Right Back's foot. It was a lucky deflection off an opponent, not an assist and most definitely not a crip low pass. A "7" rating? The credit goes to Adams for making the most of a lucky deflection.

  22. frank schoon replied, September 12, 2018 at 4:40 p.m.

    Bob, this goal is perfect example of what I've been complaining about with the flatback defense all running backwards in line covering no one and thus allowing and creating a huge wide open gap in front of the to score such a simple goal...

  23. beautiful game, September 12, 2018 at 5:27 p.m.

    Can't pick any player on the USMNT as deserving better than a 5-rating. IMHO, the USA squad deserved a 4 and Mexico a 3 rating. I don't understand how one good and one bad play determines a player's performance rating. It's what does each player bring to the table during their time on the pitch. In this game it was little if anything for everyone. Interim coaching staff, dig deep and keep searching for that player that can make things happen, that is aside from Pulisic.

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