USMNT Player Ratings
Bradley, Zardes, and Pulisic standout in otherwise tough 1-1 draw vs. Chile
March 26, 2019
THE UNITED STATES national team played to a 1-1 draw with Chile on Tuesday night in a game that was an important learning experience for Gregg Berhalter’s team. Overall the result was fortunate for the U.S. team but there was still plenty that went right for the Americans.
The United States got off to a strong start and scored first on a nice play from Christian Pulisic that was set up by Gyasi Zardes. The lead only lasted five minutes as shambolic defending from the United States eventually gave way to Chile’s equalizer.
After an awful end to the first half and start to the second half, the U.S. team eventually grew back into the game and had a few chances to press for a goal. Playing without Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, and Christian Pulisic from the 36th minute onward, the U.S. team will have more weapons moving forward. In their place, Berhalter had the chance to evaluate several other players.
What helped the U.S. team was some tactical adjustments as a 5-4-1 formation in the second half substantially reduced Chile’s opportunities.
In the end, neither team was able to find a winner. For Berhalter, there will be plenty to digest from this game moving forward into the Gold Cup.
Ethan Horvath: The Club Brugge keeper wasn’t tested much by way of saves. His distribution and playing with the ball at his feet was not great. Rating:5.5
DeAndre Yedlin: The Newcastle right back was largely invisible in the game. He never really pushed forward with any kind of effectiveness but was decent defensively to limit Chile down his side. Rating:5.5
Omar Gonzalez: Making his return to the U.S. team, Gonzalez looked a step too slow in the first half when dealing with the Chileans. He wasn’t great at passing out of the back, except for a nice ball to Roldan which started a dangerous counter in the first half. Was better in the second half. Rating: 5.0
Matt Miazga: The New Jersey native lacked chemistry with Gonzalez in central defense and also struggled to deal with the speed of Chile’s attackers in the first half. In the second half he was far more improved with his distribution. Rating: 5.5
Tim Ream: The Fulham defender once again played out of position at left back and struggled to find his footing. He had one terrible blunder in the first half that nearly caused a goal and Chile attacked his side effectively. Rating: 5.0
Michael Bradley: Over the course of the whole game, Bradley was the U.S. team’s best player. Defensively he kept the U.S. team afloat for long stretches and when the U.S team had possession, Bradley helped move the team forward. He hit some outstanding passes as well. Rating:7.5
Paul Arriola: The DC United winger had a solid showing in the first half. He used his skill on the ball and speed to help create a few chances – even when the U.S. team was getting outplayed. He wasn’t as sharp in the second half but it was a good game overall. Rating:6.5
Cristian Roldan: The Seattle Sounders midfielder had some nice plays in the midfield but generally wasn’t part of anything too dangerous and his defense often conceded too much possession the Chile in the midfield. Rating: 5.5
Christian Pulisic: The Borussia Dortmund attacker scored a quick goal on a well-timed run up the middle. He was dangerous until an injury forced him out of the game in the 36th minute. Rating:7.0
Corey Baird: the Real Salt Lake forward had decent movement which bothered the Chilean defense in the first half. His final ball did not yield anything dangerous and his defense wasn’t what was needed. Rating: 5.5
Gyasi Zardes: It was a strong showing for Zardez who made a terrific play on the opening goal when he controlled long-ball with a first touch and sent Pulisic alone on goal. His hold up play was generally decent and he nearly found a goal in the 56th minute when he took a loose ball in the box and shot high. His hold up play continued to be an asset even when the U.S. team was going through a rough patch. Rating:7.0
Sebastian Lletget: The LA Galaxy midfielder came on earlier than expected to replace the injured Pulisic. Overall, he struggled to get involved and really did not influence the game. Rating: 4.5
Daniel Lovitz: The Montreal impact left back replaced Baird in the 57th minute. He had a nice offensive run in the 60th minute. Overall was steady in his limited minutes and helped in possession. Rating: 6.0
Wil Trapp: Trapp replaced Arriola in the 66th minute and looked pretty good in possession as the U.S. team found its footing with a new formation. A bad pass (when he was played in a touch position) at the end could have been costly but overall Trapp was decent. Rating: 6.0
Jordan Morris: Replaced Zardes in the 79th minute and wasn’t really involved. He made a nice play to nearly strip Chile’s goalkeeper at the end. Rating: NR
Jonathan Lewis: the NYCFC winger replaced Cristian Roldan in the 83rd minute. Immediately was dangerous to draw a yellow card. He really wanted to make an impact. Only made one mistake in a turnover. Not enough to earn a rating but he’s an intriguing option off the bench. Rating: NR