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USA-Panama Men's World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings

USA-MEXICO EXPRESS:
March 27 in Orlando
USA 5  Panama 1. Goals: Pulisic 17 pen., 45+4 pen., 65, Arriola 23, Ferreira 27; Godoy 86.
Att.: 25,022
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Adept U.S. attacking and brutish Panamanian defending, which resulted in two penalty kicks, led to a four-goal lead by halftime and a 5-1 victory for the USA in Orlando on Sunday. Christian Pulisic celebrated a hat trick and at age 23 has already scored 21 goals for the USA.

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

GOALKEEPER

Zack Steffen  mistiming an attempt to intercept Alberto Quintero's cross and bobbling a cross later in the first half, went unpunished. Panama's goal came with a close-range out-of-reach header.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

5
Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG) 28/0 (26)

DEFENDERS

Within 10 minutes of kickoff, central defender Miles Robinson pulled off two clean tackles to end Panamanian forays and  and was fouled for the penalty kick that Christian Pulisic converted to make it 4-0. He and partner Walker Zimmerman continued to stifle Panama's starting attackers and their halftime replacements. Zimmerman was fouled for the USA's first penalty kick and his long, cross-field pass to Pulisic was part of the USA's second-goal setup. The USA was up by five goals when Zimmerman and the backline lapsed during free kick coverage in the 86th minute. Left back Antonee Robinson served the cross that Paul Arriola headed home and assisted on Pulisic's third goal. Late call-up Shaq Moore, who kept Panama at bay on his right flank, delivered the pass that Arriola relayed on to Jesus Ferreira on the third goal.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7
Shaq Moore (Tenerife/ESP) 14/1 (25)

7
Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC) 27/3 (28)

7
Miles Robinson (Atlanta United) 19/3 (25)

8
Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG) 24/2 (24)

MIDFIELDERS

Tyler Adams, whose hard tackle early in the game won the ball for USA deep in the Panama half, covered for his more attack-minded midfield companions in various areas of the field. Yunus Musah's 45 minutes included prep work on the third goal. Crisp passing and swift dribbling downfield by Luca de la Torre were a crucial part of the U.S. game. He took part in the neat sequence that led to Ferreira's goal. On the fifth goal, de la Torre brought the ball into the Panama half and combined with Antonee Robinson to set up Pulisic. 

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7
Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP) 15/0 (19)

7
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER) 26/1 (23)

8
Luca de la Torre (Heracles/NED) 6/0 (23)

FORWARDS

Christian Pulisic, who converted two penalty kicks, led an attack that kept Panama too preoccupied to conjure much of their own offense. He helped create the USA's second goal by blazing on to Zimmerman's pass and dishing the ball to Antonee Robinson before getting hacked down by Michael Murillo. Pulisic completed his hat trick by spinning past defender Fidel Escobar with his left-footed first touch, nutmegging Andrés Andrade with his right-footed second touch, and hitting the net with his third touch. Paul Arriola set up Pulisic's first shot (blocked by a defender), got fouled in the 10th minute as he surged toward goal, and made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute with an excellent header. Arriola, who was replaced by Gio Reyna at halftime, assisted Jesus Ferreira's goal by evading Andrade with a clever touch to receive Moore's pass. Ferreira squandered a golden chance in the second half but had been a part of the USA's offensive dominance in the first half. 

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

7 
Paul Arriola (FC Dallas) 44/9 (27)

7
Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas) 8/3 (21)

9 
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG) 47/21 (23)

SUBSTITUTES

Gio Reyna, who shot wide seconds after arriving, sent a brilliant pass to de la Torre that would have created a highlight-reel buildup if Ferreira had finished. Aaron Long, after losing the ball with a poor touch, committed a yellow-card foul on Quintero and was part of the backline that allowed the free kick to soar onto Godoy's head for Panama's only goal.

Player (Club) caps/goals (age)

6
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER) 11/4 (19)

6
Kellyn Acosta (LAFC) 50/2 (26)

3
Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls) 23/3 (29)

5
Gianluca Busio (Venezia/ITA) 9/0 (19)

5
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders) 45/10 (27)

TRIVIAChristian Pulisic has now scored a dozen goals in World Cup qualifying and his 21 strikes for the USA moves him to seventh on the all-time scorers' list, tied with Bruce Murray.

March 27 in Orlando
USA 5 Panama 1
. Goals: Pulisic 17 pen., 45+4 pen., 65, Arriola 23, Ferreira 27; Godoy 86.
USA -- Steffen; Moore, Zimmerman, M.Robinson (Long, 65), A.Robinson; Adams (Morris, 71), Musah (Acosta, 46), de la Torre; Arriola (Reyna, 46), Ferreira, Pulisic (Busio, 71). 
Panama -- Mejia; Carrasquilla (Martinez, 65), Escobar, Davis, Murillo, Godoy; Barcenas (Medina, 46), Andrade, Quintero; Gondola (Rodriguez, 46), Blackburn (Torres, 46). 
Yellow cards: USA -- Pulisic 69, Long 85. Panama -- Blackburn 45+3, Godoy 45+3, Davis 57. Red cards: none.
Referee: Ivan Barton (El Salvador).
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Stats:
USA/MEXICO
Shots: 15/10
Shots on target: 5/2
Saves: 1/0
Corner Kicks: 3/2
Fouls: 23/15
Offside: 0/3
Possession: 40%/60%
37 comments about "USA-Panama Men's World Cup Qualifying Player Ratings".
  1. Sam Bellin, March 28, 2022 at 1:01 a.m.

    A great performance and a special night.  Let's close the deal on Wednesday!

  2. R2 Dad, March 28, 2022 at 2:08 a.m.

    Paul Arriola after the Panama match: "we all understand that over time, number one is, in order to be a part of this team, you have to put the team first. And when I tell you everyone does that, everyone really, really does" MLS miles from Dallas to Mexico City-1,100. EPL miles from London to Mexico City - 5,500 miles. So everyone is equal, but some have to sacrifice more travel time than others? Shaq Moore  - add another 1,500 miles from Tenerife to London, stuck in a metal tube at 30,000 ft.

  3. Santiago 1314, March 28, 2022 at 5:37 a.m.

    10s for Everyone... A Day for Celebrating, Not Nit Picking
    Congrats to Ggg and the Team.!!!
    "JUST WIN BABY, WIN" (and Don't Lose by 6 Goals in CR)

  4. George Miller, March 28, 2022 at 8:32 a.m.

    The giveaways. We could not get it out our own Half for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. We earned the victory but this is a constant part of our game and will not hold up going forward. No way we get away with that many mistakes

  5. Santiago 1314 replied, March 29, 2022 at 6:47 p.m.

    Yes George;
    Out "Play" was just as Bad as it was In Mexico, but we Finished our Chances was the Difference.
    How Bad has CONcacaCrApF gotten, that all the Teams SUCK Equally now.

  6. Bob Ashpole, March 28, 2022 at 8:45 a.m.

    Credit to the officials who did well. The first penalty didn't seem to deter Panama at all. I can't begin to imagine what it would have been like if the officials had llost control.

  7. R2 Dad replied, March 28, 2022 at 12:47 p.m.

    Agreed. Very un-CONCACAF-like, that referee. That makes 2 well-officiated matches in a row. Think anyone else is noticing?

  8. Kent James replied, March 28, 2022 at 1:05 p.m.

    While officiating is difficult (and these CONCACAF games are about as tough to referee as they get), and this ref did not let it get completely out of control (almost, when the bench through the ball at Pulisic, but not quite), I was not as impressed with the refereeing as you guys were (the guy who did the US v Mexico was excellent).  The first PK was pretty obvious using VAR (and he did not call it in real time, so credit VAR for the important assist), since Zimmerman suffered two hands to the face (on separate occasions) and a potential handling call on the Panamanian captain. What's interesting is that the Panamanians seemed to adopt the strategy of trying to get fouls called for them (like the Mexicans usually do) instead of engaging in overt physical play (ironically, except for in the box) like they normally do.  There were plenty of occasions where I thought the referee bent over backwards to give the Panamanians a call, perhaps because of the PKs he had awarded (as well as the score).   So while he certainly could have been worse (and 2 PKs in a game is courageous), I thought he was decent rather than excellent. 

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, March 28, 2022 at 9:04 p.m.

    I like this Ref... He's Got the Best "Stare Down".!!!

  10. frank schoon, March 28, 2022 at 8:58 a.m.



    It was 4-0 when I changed channel. There shouldn't be any worry about not going to the WC playing in an airconditioned stadium. I never look at player ratings for it is such BS but I decided this time to take a look at how de la Torre was rated for I thought he played terrible in the first half but he got an 8 which is usually to someone who had a great game.  Go figure..... 

    You know, Panama actually kept the game halfway interesting for they were the only team that actually tried to play soccer, meaning they passed the ball around under pressure maintained their style even though they were losing, they kept their discipline. You can see they have a nucleus of a decent team, there is something to work with considering the problems they had recently. We played like everyone is on HDAD or whatever you call that, which our soccer style has a great deal of....

    The best soccer player on the field from both teams  was Panama's #7 on their right flank. I enjoyed watching him play, no one could take the ball away from him, I loved his short 270degree turns,spinning away from 2defenders, besides his movements were so efficient..

    Both de la Torre and Antonee were made to like fools at times when #7 faced them in a 1v2 situation. Just notice the difference between CP and #7 in how they handle a 1v2 situation, technically speaking. It's Turbo time for CP wanting to make a run of it, while #7 ,thoughtfully, looked at how at how both were positioned, saw the weak spot between them and took  2steps with the ball and got away from between them....You never saw #7 apply any Turbo, because he's the type that can beat an opponent with no problem, by taking a step or there...What a joy to watch this guy play, how I miss watching these type of players. He's the type of players that draws defenders which opens up space in the middle...maybe we can offer him citizenship and let play for us  :) Playing with someone like #7both Weah and CP could learn how to move the in a more efficient manner without having to get on your Harley-Davidson.


  11. Santiago 1314 replied, March 28, 2022 at 11:48 a.m.

    Frank,
    I think I mentioned before about Coaching a Team of HDAD kids to (2) Regional Championships.
    I would MUCH Rather have that kind of Player, than some Namby-Pamby, Zombie.
    Just have to get the Meds right and the Coaching ability to;
    WIND THEM UP AND LET THEM PLAY... NO GRIDS, JUST COMPETE.!!!

  12. Santiago 1314 replied, March 28, 2022 at 11:48 a.m.

    Frank,
    I think I mentioned before about Coaching a Team of HDAD kids to (2) Regional Championships.
    I would MUCH Rather have that kind of Player, than some Namby-Pamby, Zombie.
    Just have to get the Meds right and the Coaching ability to;
    WIND THEM UP AND LET THEM PLAY... NO GRIDS, JUST COMPETE.!!!

  13. frank schoon replied, March 28, 2022 at 12:14 p.m.

    Santi, I've never seen a Nambi-Pambi Zombie soccer player unless it is House league soccer... Do they do have House League Regionals, LOL


  14. Kent James replied, March 28, 2022 at 12:37 p.m.

    Seriously Frank?  You watched the US Panama game and came away admiring the Panamanians? I will give them credit for playing hard in spite of a hopeless cause, but the US was much more dangerous.  Most of the Panamanian possession was not threatening.  Luce de la Torre did give the ball away a few times early in the game, but nobody's perfect, and as the game went on, he played really well.  

  15. frank schoon replied, March 28, 2022 at 1:58 p.m.

    Kent, just because a team wins doesn't mean they play better soccer.  Have you ever heard of the statement the team that wins the tournament isn't necessarily the better team. The US was the stronger team but not necessarily a better soccer playing team. Since you have referee experience ,you've come to experience certain youth games where the coach wants his team to play soccer but other team because they  are stronger but not necesarily a better at soccer. 
    Your interpretation of me admiring the Panamians is totally off, for look at in terms of what is relative to their abillty....They have are better than us in certain aspects of the game, but that doesn't imply they are stronger or better....

  16. Bob Ashpole replied, March 28, 2022 at 2:20 p.m.

    Frank, I took your comment as praise for one Panamanian player, which I don't see how anyone could fault that.

    The US got a good score line against a poor team. I intentionally didn't make any comment about the quality of the US play. The notion being to say nothing when having nothing good to say. The game plan appeared to be to score lots of goals through a high press forcing errors.  Worked against the national team ranked No. 58. I don't expect it to work against a top 20 team.

    Qatar at any time of year is not friendly to turbo soccer. 

  17. frank schoon replied, March 28, 2022 at 2:26 p.m.

    Bob, I"m glad you understood....and agreed on everything you had to say....

  18. Kent James replied, March 28, 2022 at 3:58 p.m.

    Frank, when you say "they [Panama] were the only team that actually tried to play soccer"
    that suggests you preferred the Panamanians to the US (or maybe you just disliked them less?).  Maybe the US did play the way you want them to, but there is more than one "correct" way to play soccer.  That's why it's "the beautiful game."  For example, Panama was playing a high press; on the 2nd US goal, Zimmerman (who many criticize for being a poor passer) hit a great ball behind the defense for Pulisic, who fielded the ball under pressure, dropped it back to Antonee Robinson (who struggled with his crosses early in the campaign) who hit a ball into space that Ariolla (who many critics think shouldn't even be on the national team because he's an MLS player)  created by backing up, and Ariolla (who is 5'6") timed his run perfectly to beat his 6' something defender to the ball and nod it perfectly into the corner of the net.  That play involved intelligence, reading the game, knowing your opponent, techincal proficiency and performing under pressure (credit to the referee who let the advantage play out when Pulisic was fouled).  Pretty good soccer in my book.  

  19. frank schoon replied, March 28, 2022 at 4:31 p.m.

    Kent we have basically always played counterattacking soccer, with Turbo. That's our style and it hasn't changed. We often play teams who don't play counterattacking soccer like so many hispanic teams in our part of the world. Because of the nature of how the hispanics play they like to pass ball around have a technical feel for the ball. We don't have that aspect and that is also why we are not good in playing possession type of ball. It is the nature of the animal.

    So when you see Panama play under pressure against a stronger team, and able to still push that ball, with nice short control passes, looking to the further the ball to the next station in a controlled tempo, and not get flustered with the Americans breathing down there necks, than I would say hats off to them.

    Here is the kicker ,Kent, if we were in the same position that Panama was in against a much stronger and better, we would not  have been able to play the controlled nice passing game like that of Panama, instead we would be blasting long balls that balls down the field because we lack  that ability to play that type of soccer. And this is why stated Panama played soccer as compared to how we play

  20. Kent James replied, March 28, 2022 at 10:45 p.m.

    Frank, we don't just blast the ball down the field and speed after it.  GB's whole philosophy is to build out of the back and possess (a little too much, in my book; having the last defender or goalkeeper try to make a move on a guy to continue to possess is a little too much risk for the potential reward).  This team is the most capable technical team we've ever had, and they are quite capable of possessing the ball.  But possession is not the purpose of the game.  The object is to score goals.  If you can attack the opponent and score, that is better than possessing and not scoring.  Yes, ideally you possess and move the ball around until you find an opening to exploit, and then you go for it.  I thought we did that pretty well against Panama. But many of the best openings are when a team is caught in transition, and if you can stay ahead of their recovery, that's an effective move that I'm happy to see the US execute.


    Panama had more possession, but most of it was lateral; their best chances to score came on US errors (Steffens dropping the high cross, I think Robinson had a pass blocked to an open Panamanian, the foul by Long).  That's not to say the Panamanians did not have some good individual moves or combination play.  But they were not the more skillful team on the field, the US was.  

  21. Bob Ashpole replied, March 29, 2022 at 1:10 a.m.

    Kent, the importance of possession is obvious: 1. Scoring goals requires possession of the ball. That leads to the corollary that the other team can't score if they don't have the ball.

    In other words, teams have trouble winning matches if they can't have effective possession of the ball.

    Purposeless possession is something else.


    I disagree too about your basic view of the US play. They do blast long balls up the field and speed after it. Far too often. Just because the coach calls it "verticality" doesn't mean it is not blasting the ball upfield for players to chase. The problems with overreliance on this mode of penetration are multiple. The most serious, however, is that it tends to stretch the attacking teams shape and isolate the forward with the ball making the defenses job to win the ball too easy while at the same time leaves holes for the opponent to counterattack through.

    The key point to positional play is that it uses combination passing to penetrate to the attacking third without putting the team in a shape vulnerable to counterattacks.

  22. frank schoon replied, March 29, 2022 at 8:56 a.m.

    Kent, What Bob stated is more concise than I could have ever done. We are not a possession oriented team, we don't have the players,  nor have the style of soccer, for that needs good technical players and we don't are produce great technical players. We basically produce hard workers, turbo type of players. Just like hispanic countries produce technicians who have a better touch on the ball than American players and they play possession group oriented ball and their most salient feature is that they can operate in small spaces which is an anethema to American players for we lack the fast ball-handling skills under pressure for that.

    From the beginning, the American players have always picked for speed and size and they still  instead of technique and brains. Our main influence of soccer, has been from Germany and England and this why today the large majority our players still go to these Turbo type countries for it fits our style better...

    To say we don't blast the ball down field and use speed is employing the extreme in your argument to win a point. Or you say ball-possession is not the purpose of the game, another extreme point that is so over the top...Bob did a good job explaining that....Both points you make are so simplistic for if you believe that, than it makes difficult to discuss anything, for everything I say you take to the extreme.

    What Bob stated that they do blast long balls downfield and use speed, is true. Look at our wings they basically are turbo, speed oriented. We as a team use a lot of energy, physical, athleticism and turbo...To say this is the best technical team we ever had is not saying much. That GB wants us to build out from the back, is nice talk but building out from the back takes better players than what we have and building out from the back makes up a lot of different aspects needed, which is speed of the ball, placing of the ball, creating passing options.  On just those aspects ,I continually harp on that they doing wrong. 
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  23. frank schoon replied, March 29, 2022 at 9:14 a.m.

    For example, 90% of Zimmermans passes are long going downfield. And most are not accurate for he lacks that ability, which so many centerbacks have problems with. Ask yourself why does he pass so often long hoping it will reach his mark. That is because he isn't given good shorter passing  options ahead of him. Realize we always outnumber the opponents in our own half, that's a given....So why the long 50/50 ball that ends up on the opponent own half where they outnumber us....

    One reason is that we don't know how to build up properly from the back, we don't know how to skip stations in order to maintain a tempo of attack, we lack the technical finesse (under pressure) to control the ball in order to place it somewhere else. We lack the understanding that passing in the backfield requires opponents to be beaten and that is not done by passing the ball square or backwards ,for that doesn't get you anywhere. We lack the understanding that passing to the flanks, in order to move the ball with alacrity requires you to position the body that you don't receive with the wrong foot causing you to pass it backwards instead of forwards. Passing to a back requires him to be on attack instead of standing still which is a waste of time and also a back passing straight up to the wing causing him to receive the ball with his back facing downfield. Or letting the back run 20yards with the ball giving the opponents time to defensively adjust....Or like what CP loves to do is to come back to midfield and clog things up for everybody, reducing the space for build up...I can go on but if you GB knows what he's doing by saying we want to build up from the back, I say , 'talk is cheap' but he doesn't know how to teach this and besides we don't have the players ,as a unit, for that....

    So to say we have the most technical team ever doesn't mean much, and what do you mean by the most technical, we are basically a turbo ,that requires hard work, athleticism. Remember technique without brains doesn't get you far....

  24. John Munnell, March 28, 2022 at 9:16 a.m.

    Frank...you should have stuck around to watch Gio Reyna in the 2nd half. You may have enjoyed it, if your curmudgeon of a heart would have allowed it. ;-) And Pulisic's turn on his 3rd goal epitomizes your requirements. You are not entirely wrong — but you often seem blind to the progress that is being made.

  25. frank schoon replied, March 28, 2022 at 10:18 a.m.

    John, I'll try to watch the repeat sometime today, I hope....I'm not going to judge Reyna for he's coming off an injury and  entering the game during a part when the opponents are losing 0-5. Or when he dribbled 5 Mexicans, many were excited watching him perform but totally overlooked that both teams were so tired, dragging. Notice how are boys were walking upfield not even trying to support Reyna on his run...This is why I"m not going to judge Reyna on anything until he's ready 100% for himself and able to start....

    As far as Pulisic goes, one action does not make a player, I look at him in a bigger panorama. Sure he will score some nice goals or make an action that you can be impressed with but I don't judge him on those moments, there is a lot more to the game that is often overlooked.

    Often young players today, I'm talking about young pros, will come off the field thinking about the nice move or pass they made and feel good about and totally oblivious about all the mistakes they made. It is interesting but Cruyff and his peers at one time talk about when they were young and today's young players, in that the former talks about the mistakes they made during the game where the latter today talk about that nice move or that nice pass they made and totally oblivious to all the mistakes they made that are not so obvious to them.  For example I mentioned in the last game that CP received a bad pass from a Mexican player. CP was wide open, and so was Weah who was situated much better to score. CP elected to dribble 3x than passed, instead of passing right away to Weah. Because he didn't, it allowed Weah's opponent time to block the shooting lane to the goal....So many of these type of situations are not talked about by the commentators who obviously although played don't see this....

    I'm not blind to progress when I see it but it has been 50years and yet to see real progress, especially the finer elements of the game....We will always have talent potential and some will standout but this game has a lot more exponents than just looking at 'moments'

  26. Santiago 1314 replied, March 28, 2022 at 11:50 a.m.

    I'll Nit Pick tomorrow...
    Today just Celeberating Qualification.
    USA, USA, USA.!!!!

  27. Santiago 1314 replied, March 29, 2022 at 6:51 p.m.

    Frank... 50 years Back, is a Stretch for Me.
    But Clearly, Our "Style" of Play and Possesion Game,
    HAS NOT IMPROVED Since 1988-1990 "Golden Generation"
    These Current Players have better Techinical Abilities, but they Don't Use them.
    What a MisMASS of a Game that was... How can you win 5-1 and Not String 3 Passes Together.???

  28. R2 Dad, March 28, 2022 at 12:48 p.m.

    I didn't see the Aaron Long misplays, and his rating certainly stands out. What are the chances GB gives him another shot to redeem himself? And still, no John Brooks.

  29. Santiago 1314 replied, March 29, 2022 at 7 p.m.

    At this Point....
    Why are we Trying to "Rehab" or Develop a 29 Year Old Center-Back.???
    Ggg should have Inserted EPB (24) ... 
    Now that we are Qualified; I don't see the Reason to Carry anyone OVER 25.!!!
    (Except GK's)
    We need to get Ready for WC 2026... We have the Talent to Win IT, in our HOME FIELD.
    That means Taking a Team to WC22, That are all 25 and Under...
    By 2026, they will be 25-29 years Old and Played together as a Unit for 5 Years.
    For Sure; Out with some Players I Like: Brooks, Arriola, Morris, ...
    Zimmerman and Acosta will need to Stay at the Moment, We don't have any Youngsters to Replace them.... CCV maybe for ZIMM, Acosta was OUT, until the Last Window in Feb. 
    We Still Hunting for his Replacement.

  30. Kent James, March 28, 2022 at 12:51 p.m.

    In a must win game, the US players rose to the occasion.  This whole qualifying campaign GB has used a strategy of "next man up;"  giving young players a chance, including everyone on the team, backing them even when they struggle.  GB needed to do this because we have a large crop of young players, and injuries, COVID and other things (accumulated yellows) meant we could not settle on 11 (or even 15) players who were used in every game.  Given the compressed qualification windows, this was a smart strategy, and it eventually paid off.  This meant that GB could bring in Ariolla, Moore, LDLT, and Ferreira into the starting line-up, and they all made meaningful contributions.  Credit to the players (and coach) for making it happen, well done. 

  31. Santiago 1314 replied, March 29, 2022 at 7:05 p.m.

    Kent, the Fact that Ggg didn't bring in the 36 player pool for EACH Window, is why we are Scrambling and Flying Players IN at the Last Moment.
    These Players that were Identified, AS OF LAST SUMMER, Should have been brought Into Each Window... But that would have ment Leaving OFF the MLS Players and Ggg didn't Dare do it. 

  32. James Madison, March 28, 2022 at 3:53 p.m.

    Crucial result. Nothing like obvious penalties to help.  Player ratings are inflacted by the score.  More cohesive performance than in Mexico against a decidedly weaker team, but too many unforced passing errors for my taste. Now what th players need to do is show the same grit in Costa Rica

  33. R2 Dad, March 29, 2022 at 2:06 a.m.

    I like how Luca DLT keeps the attack ticking along with his concise passing, dribbling out of pressure and vision. He misplayed a couple early on but was pretty solid--would like to see more of him. One thing he needs to work on, however, is his shooting. Once he gets inside the 18 I don't see that drive to score. There were a couple of times where he was in on goal but didnt want to try a top 90 shot or a far post attempt, though shooting appeared to be the best option.

  34. humble 1, March 29, 2022 at 2:18 p.m.

    I watch Uruguay and USA MNT extensively.  I was at a bar/grill Sunday in my town for the game, pretty crowded, no one was watching, they put it on for my group, no one paid attention.  In Uruguay, it would have captured ever television in every bar and every household.  Long way to go.  Anyway, lotta criticsm, but wow, I am amazed at the talent that is developing for US MNT.  Pleasure to watch these young guys and I give all the credit to GB and staff for giving them a chance.  Giovanni Reyna, seriously, the kid has not turned 19 yet, he comes in and his movement and passing touch, his vision, they are world class, you add this to already world class CP, and the keeper, that is laying down top class stops, this was a good game to watch, if you like seeing players develop.  US has come a long long way since 2014, long way, in terms of player develoment and getting the players to play as a unit.  Well done! Long way to go to grow the game.  FS Broadcase was loathsome.  Too many shots of the the crowd and coaching staff, they even missed some actions.  This is soccer guys, not NF-ML-NBA, there are no timouts, uses the realestate on the screen to do cutaways, do not break away from the game.  Need to do much much better to grow the game.  Far too lite also.  Zero techincal insight.  Bunch of tired wore out blow hards.  We do not need to be lectured to, show is the game, shine some light on the game, bring some insight that I could not arrive to on my own.  Please.  Thanks.  Have a nice day. 

  35. humble 1 replied, March 29, 2022 at 2:19 p.m.

    Sorry, Reyna is 19, has not turned 20 yet, still a teenager. 

  36. Santiago 1314 replied, March 29, 2022 at 7:08 p.m.

    Humble, Might be a Talented Team, but they Don't Play any Better than his Dad's Team Did.
    Why.???

  37. Kent James replied, March 29, 2022 at 11:14 p.m.

    Good assessment. Right on the camera shots, I couldn't believe they were showing shots of the crowd while the ball was in play!

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