Klinsmann, Bradley, Mix Earn Lowest ASN Ratings
March 25, 2016
THE LOW PLAYER RATINGS below reflect a match in which very little went right for Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad. With a rematch set for Tuesday, a lot of players and one coach must all do a lot better. Here is my take on the individual performances on a night when the Americans lost to Guatemala by a 2-0 score.
Tim Howard: Both of Guatemala’s goals would have required nice saves but Howard was unable to come up with a game-changing stop the way Guatemala’s Paulo Motta did. Howard, in fact, looked a step slow: Rating: 4.5
Geoff Cameron: Starting at right back, Cameron was the least to blame among the entire backline defensively but still was not able to contribute much getting forward. He was more comfortable in central defense in the second half although Guatemala had taken its foot off the gas by that point. Rating: 5
Omar Gonzalez: The Pachuca central defender was a step slow and was exposed on Carlos Ruiz’ goal. Overall, it was not a triumphant return to the national team for the former Los Angeles Galaxy stalwart who was taken off in the 66th minute. Rating: 4.5
Michael Orozco: The Club Tijuana defender has been relegated to his club’s reserve U-20 team despite being 30-years-old. If he was short of confidence, it showed, as Guatemala’s attackers got the better of him throughout his 59 minutes on the field. Rating: 4
Edgar Castillo: The left back for Liga MX side Monterrey was actually not bad on the night despite the team's overall poor performance. He wasn’t exposed too often defensively and he was trying to do what he could to push the ball into dangerous positions moving forward. Rating 5.5.
DeAndre Yedlin: Despite getting starts on a weekly basis at right back for Sunderland and never really having any kind of consistent playing time as a winger at the club level, Klinsmann continues to use Yedlin on the wing. The Seattle native never really looked dangerous or was able to help with possession. He looked out of synch within the midfield setup. Rating: 4
Michael Bradley: The captain simply had an off day playing in an advanced role. He didn’t connect well with his teammates and he did not seem to be up for creating plays as was required by the role Klinsmann chose for him. Rating: 4
Mix Diskerud: The New York City FC midfielder had a nightmare defending the opening goal off a corner and had zero chemistry with Bradley in central midfield before being taken out at the half. Rating: 4
Alejandro Bedoya: Despite being in terrific form at Nantes, Bedoya never seemed into the match—where he played as an outside midfielder. In the second half he had a dangerous opportunity but fired it straight at Motta for an easy save and a blown chance. Rating: 4.5.
Clint Dempsey: Despite getting into dangerous chances, his finishing was not there and he allowed Motta to make a few saves. He was stranded but found little success once he got the ball. Rating: 5
Bobby Wood: His effort was there and the Union Berlin forward was one of the more active American players—even early in the game when his teammates appeared to be dazed after conceding twice. Rating: 5.5.
Darlington Nagbe: The Portland Timber midfielder was the best American player—which is not saying much. The Liberian-born Nagbe did his best to help bring the U.S. team into the match and for a nice stretch in the early part of the second half the U.S. was the better team. The offense ran through Nagbe during this interval, and he looked like a player Klinsmann could build something around. Rating: 6.5
Gyasi Zardes: The Galaxy attacker came into the game in the 59th minute, replacing Orozco. Despite being involved for nearly 30 mintues, the California native had little to show for it. Rating: 4.5
Jozy Altidore: After replacing Omar Gonzalez in the 66th minute, Altidore had a great chance in the second half to pull one back for the U.S. but Motta came up with a great kick save. Altidore should have done better but he did well to get into position to score. The rust was apparent for Altidore who has not played a club game in 2016 due to a hamstring injury. Rating: 5
Jurgen Klinsman had to deal with a few injuries but that is still not an excuse as his team did not seem at all prepared. But there are a ton of questions right now.
Without two top central defenders, is Michael Orozco the best option available? Why are there so few fullbacks on this roster and why can’t Yedlin, an emerging right back in the English Premier League, play the same role for the U.S. national team? Why was Diskerud starting over Nagbe? Why was his team so unprepared from the start? Why did his players' body language look like a combination of frustration, confusison, and an overall state of being defeated? Why does Klinsmann elect to play so many players out of their natural positions?
It would be one thing if we were asking this question after his first year as coach. But in his fifth year? This loss is on him. Rating 3
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