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USA-England Men's Friendly Player Ratings

USA-ENGLAND EXPRESS:
Nov. 15 in London

England 3 USA 0. Goals: Lingard 25, Alexander-Arnold 27, Wilson 77.
Att.: 68,155.

The young U.S. players will not bring back good memories from playing in famous Wembley Stadium. On their heels from the kickoff, they were down 2-0 by the 27th minute, never looked capable of competing with the 2018 World Cup semifinalist, and gave up a late goal in a 3-0 loss to England.

USA Player Ratings:
Starters
Player (Club) GP/G
4 Brad Guzan (Atlanta United) 60/0
Passed the ball to Jesse Lingard in the 8th minute and was lucky Callum Wilson missed the ensuing sitter. Could have been called for PK a minute later when he unnecessarily slid at Fabian Delph. Jumped feebly in a futile attempt to reach Lingard's 1-0 shot. Saved the easy shots. Muffed another clearance late in the game.

4 DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG) 57/0
The left back was overwhelmed in the first half as England sent Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell his way. Tried to attack but no avail, like when he hit a horrible cross in the 84th minute.

3 Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA) 11/1
Cleared balls when they came straight to him, but weak in one-on-one battles, such as against Wilson before the second goal. With a more emphatic effort, he could have blocked Lingard's shot.

3 John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER) 36/3
He and his center back partner Miazga couldn't figure out how to cope with Wilson, whom Brooks was marking when Wilson scored the third goal. Brooks and Miazga got a lot of the ball as England overwhelmed the U.S. midfield, and while Brooks hit two decent cross-field passes to the wings, he also passed a ball straight out of bounds in the 39th minute. Brooks also had a chance to interfere in England's second goal.

4 Jorge Villafana (Portland Timbers) 20/0
Left back served the first U.S. cross in the sixth minute -- the best of his three in the first half, but all were fruitless.

3 Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER) 7/1
The central midfielder had Trapp and two central defenders behind him, yet failed to create going forward.

4 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew) 10/0
A strong tackle in midfield helped create a Green shot. Focused mainly on helping out the central defense -- he stopped Sancho in the 50th minute after Brooks got beat -- while England mostly opted to go wide. His 58th-minute mid-range pass to Pulisic was a rare moment in which Trapp helped the attack.

5 Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER) 22/9
With the USA's defensive muscle in middle of the field, Pulisic had to toil defensively to help out Yeldin in the first half. He did fly through a crowd of English players down the middle in the 24th minute but keeper Jordan Pickford saved the best U.S. chance. He moved to the left side after halftime and sparked a 47th-minute attack on a 50-yard run after winning the ball near his own penalty area. The sequence ended with his shot blocked. He won two corner kicks for the USA, one after stealing the ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold. Served a decent cross to Wood. Only USA player to trouble the English -- they fouled him three times. But the night ended in frustration with a couple of poor touches -- one that forced him to cross instead of shoot.

3 Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth/GER) 15/4
Shot straight at Pickford with a 23-yard shot in the 37th minute. He lined up behind forward Wood but they didn't connect. He had the least defensive responsibility of all five U.S. midfielders but besides that shot didn't break through.

3 Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA) 8/1
The wide midfielder's first foray came in 48th minute down the wing but that ended with an aimless pass. He over-hit a cross in the 6oth minute.

3 Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER) 43/13
Granted, he did not get the ball much, but he headed Pulisic's cross high in the 66th minute and shot horribly in the 87th minute without pressure.

Substitutes
5 Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls) 7/1
Replaced Green in the 62nd minute. Won a corner kick. Chased England players for the final phase of the game as they tried to get a goal for Wayne Rooney.

4 Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 21/2)
Came in for Trapp with 20 minutes left without an impact.

4 Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) 3/1)
McKennie's 76th-minute replacement also entered in a part of the game when England kept control.

5 Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL) 3/0)
The 76th-minute sub sent a nice pass to Pulisic after winning the ball in the 83rd minute.

NR Shaq Moore (Reus Deportiu/ESP; 3/0)
Replaced Villafana in the 88th minute

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

TRIVIA: The friendly marked the 11th USA-England meeting, and upped England's record to eight wins, two losses and one tie against the USA. The teams tied, 1-1, in their last meeting, at the 2010 World Cup. The U.S. wins came at the 1950 World Cup (1-0 on a Joe Gaetjens goal) and in a 1993 friendly (2-0 on goals by Thomas Dooley and Alexi Lalas).

Nov. 15 in London
England 3 USA 0. Goals: Lingard 25, Alexander-Arnold 27, Wilson 77.
England -- Pickford (McCarthy 46); Alexander-Arnold, Keane, Dunk, Chilwell (Dier, 58); Winks (Loftus-Cheek, 70); Delph; Sancho, Alli (Henderson, 58), Lingard (Rooney, 58th); Wilson (Ashford, 79).
USA -- Guzan; Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks, Villafana (Moore, 88); McKennie (Lletget, 76), Trapp (Acosta, 70); Pulisic, Green (Adams, 62), Weah (Saief, 76); Wood.
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Att.: 68,155.

Stats:
England/USA
Shots: 15/10
Shots on target: 7/2
Saves: 2/4
Corner Kicks: 3/3
Fouls: 8/7
Offside: 2/4
Possession: 61%/39%

19 comments about "USA-England Men's Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. j bapper, November 15, 2018 at 7:52 p.m.

    Such a disappointing performance considering we had Mckinnie, Pulisic, Adams all playing together. It’s obvious that we still don’t possess enough technical ability to keep the ball for more than 3-4 passes. Our players have no confidence with the ball, outside of Pulisic. It’s great that all these young players are getting a chance but outside of Pulisic, none of them have a chance to be a world class player. The cupboard looks to be pretty bare for a while. 

  2. beautiful game, November 15, 2018 at 9:35 p.m.

    IMHO, the players had no incentive to lay it all out, inasmuch as, a new coach will be named sooner or later. It's more of a mental block when players know that coach Sarachan will not be around in the selection process and guide the team during qualifications. 

  3. Right Winger replied, November 15, 2018 at 11:11 p.m.

    Did you ever hear of pride?

  4. Kent James, November 15, 2018 at 10:17 p.m.

    We outplayed them for the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half, otherwise it was all England.  During that 20 minute span, Weah, McKennie and Pulisic looked pretty good.  The rest of the game we were chasing shadows.  They burned us on each flank multiple times (which we couldn't figure out how to defend), our ball possession was Miazga passing to Brooks then back to Guzan (which rarely ended well).  Julian Green was non-existent (except for the one shot), but he was not alone in that role. While Pulisic was dangerous on the flank, I think he would have been better in the middle tucked under Wood (where I think Green was), maybe he would be better able to feed Weah (who did look somewhat dangerous when he got the ball, which pretty much never happened in the first half) and Wood, and then play in support of them.  On the bright side, England's young players look quite good....

  5. beautiful game replied, November 16, 2018 at 3:39 p.m.

    K.J., until something changes, you're living in a "reality TV" soccer world. Looking dangerous means nothing, being dangerous means nothing. Too many times I've heard, Zardes is dangerous; being once or twice dangerous and not delivering is still nothing. Players who can make it happen on a consistent basis are "dangerous". The Monday nigh quarterbacking is a waste of time. The team is not yet ready for prime time.

  6. Kent James replied, November 16, 2018 at 11:18 p.m.

    Beautiful, I think I live in the real world; my critique of our play was not unrealistically positive.  Pulisic is a quality player, and showed that on occasion in the game.  This is a comment section about the game, so I think it's appropriate to share thoughts on how we played, and how we might play better.  If you think such "monday morning quarterbacking" is a waste of time, that's fine, but I enjoy it, and enjoy hearing what other people think. I'm not ready to write off this generation of players as "not ready for prime time"; the only way they get ready for prime time is to keep going out and giving it their best.  It was not good enough in this game, but that doesn't mean you stop trying.

  7. Bob Ashpole, November 16, 2018 at 8:18 a.m.

    A year with no coach. Hired more managers, but not a coach. Duh.

    Typical incompetent manager's egotistic priorities. The mission gets lost in the fight over bureaucratic power.

    A year with no coach.

  8. frank schoon, November 16, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.

    That we don't have a coach as of yet, to me, is incompetence at its highest. No other respectable soccer country would allow this to happen, it's a total embarrassment! There needs to be a wholesale cleanup of the USSF. I hear nothing, not even a peep from anyone associated with the USSF complaining of the time it taking to choose a coach. I guess they are all happy being on one of those paid committee jobs.
    I only saw the second half of this game. The only thing I liked about the game is Rooney's passes. Now what is so special about Rooney's passing which you don't see in the MLS is his ability to put a sense of feel into it. I can't explain "feel" but you feel it when he does it. For example, he made a 25-30meter pass in the air dropping right behind an American defender to an English striker who proceeded to botch up the play and goal. There were several of those nice passes. Etcheverry had that same ability. 
    Now why did England look so much better, because in the past 20 years the English players have been fortunate to have been influenced by great foreign coaches, and great foreign players playing in their league. Sooner or later that influence begins to trickle down into the English playing culture. It takes times time, but placing higher level elements in any organization will improve the organization. (Are we ready to bring higher influence and replace this garbage posing as USSF leadership).
    This is why I say, we need to bring great/good coaches, a la Tatta, Vieira, Henry, etc. and of course bring in good foreing player, Zlatan, Rooney, etc, etc, etc, no matter if they are too old for European  ball. For these foreign players, and I wish we bring in more, have the ability, direct and indirect to influence by improving our soccer...It's that simple. It will take time, but it will go much faster NOW as compared to when we had the old NASL with their great stars for we are now more educated to the game. It will have geometric progression instead of slow additional progression, but only if we accept that we need to bring top class ,quality coaches, and foreing players who can show us the way. NEXT POST

  9. Frank Copple, November 16, 2018 at 9:46 a.m.

    The team arrived Tuesday and played Thursday. 
    The majotity of the players do not get enough game time at a high level to learn much less get physically fit to play at the level of most soccer teams. 

    IMO We just have to enjoy watching their opponents play and where they play. I enjoyed the Wensleydale atmosphere and the chance for YS players to play there.

    Who knows, might give them more incentive to improve their games? 

  10. frank schoon replied, November 16, 2018 at 10:03 a.m.

    Frank , don't judge the team play, that shouldn't even be an issue, but just look at individual players and what they are capable of in different situations. Don't forget we also had a  bunch of European based players on the team, Weah, Pulisic, Miazga, Wood, etc.... 

  11. frank schoon, November 16, 2018 at 9:59 a.m.

    I was not impressed with Pulisic and I'm sure he wasn't either. I want to see Pulisic go to Spain where he can improve his game, for he is not getting it in Germany ,any longer, as far as going to a higher level of play. As you can see, on the leftside he was way too predictable in his ball movement by going always inside. He needs to work on his left foot abilities, able to make great bending away crosses as he sprints down the wing. In this manner he forces to make his defender guess where he's going which he's unable to do currently. His current ability makes him fit in more as an attacking midfielder ,making runs down the field and receiving the ball ,instead now currently receiving the ball around midfield and try to beat or take on players which is a total waste of time and like to see him improve his passing potential, a la Rooney, instead of the simple,standard 10-20 meters on ground types that are easily read. 
    Bobby Wood, with all due respect, just doesn't have it. He has no skill in small spaces , he just a runner. The game has past him by....
    Neither was I impressed with the English right back Arnold...totally useless in passing and this new kid they have Sancho, of which ,right now ,doesn't impress me... he's young we'll see.
    What I also notice is the inability for players to use their left to shoot.

  12. frank schoon replied, November 16, 2018 at 12:06 p.m.

    Bobby Wood is a perfect of a example of a player who overstayed his presence playing German soccer. This is why I want Pulisic to go to Spain. German does not produce technicians and will not improve players higher quality of play. 

  13. Dan Flood, November 16, 2018 at 9:59 a.m.

    Why do we still trot Bobby Wood out there?  His touch on the ball is horrible.  He cannot go at defenders or hold the ball up to give players a chance to run off him.  Julian Green should never see the field again.  He is not a central player on any legitimate team.  And why the fascination with Will Trapp?  If Trapp is the future in the middle we have no future.

  14. Kent James replied, November 16, 2018 at 11:22 p.m.

    They only had 2 forwards (Wood and Sargent), and Sargent was injured in training.  Not sure why he didn't have more forwards, but I generally agree with your assessments on the players you mentioned. Green is still young, but he certainly has not gotten better.

  15. beautiful game, November 16, 2018 at 10:28 a.m.

    FYI: Right Winger..."pride" doesn't win, commitment does.

  16. Right Winger replied, November 16, 2018 at 12:17 p.m.

    Pride is the engine-Commitment is what gear you are in.  You have to have both.

  17. Kevin Leahy, November 16, 2018 at 10:41 a.m.

    I am not sure how many WORLD CLASS players the U.S. has ever had but, they always seemed to find ways to be competitive. Anyone taking minutes away from Josh Sargent or another keeper besides Guzan is a waste in friendlies. Raise your hand if you see Guzan being the guy through qualification or the next World Cup? It is obvious who the next coach will be. Just get on with it!

  18. R2 Dad, November 16, 2018 at 4:53 p.m.

    The above graphic shows a 4-2-3-1, but didn't they come out in a 4-4-2 in the first half?

  19. Kent James replied, November 16, 2018 at 11:24 p.m.

    It was pretty hard to tell where Green was (he basically disappeared), but Wood certainly seemed all alone up top, so I think the 4-2-3-1 was accurate (though it could have been 4-2-2-1!).

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