The USMNT was lucky to leave Houston with a 1-1 draw against Chile. While the two-time Copa America champions had a better match, there were good points for Gregg Berhalter. Brian Sciaretta of the ASN examines the performance of American players with his ratings.
March 26, 2019
UNITED STATES The national team drew 1-1 with Chile on Tuesday night in a match that was an important learning experience for Gregg Berhalter's team. All in all, the result was a chance for the US team, but there was still a lot to be done for the Americans.
The United States made a good start and scored the first goal on a nice game from Christian Pulisic set up by Gyasi Zardes. The advance lasted only five minutes, with the United States' defense finally giving way to Chile's equalizer.
After a horrible end in the first half and a start in the second half, the American team eventually returned to the match and had a few chances to push for a goal. Playing without Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic from 36th minute after, the US team will have more weapons to move forward. In their place, Berhalter had the opportunity to evaluate several other players.
Some tactical adjustments helped the American team: a 5-4-1 formation in the second half greatly reduced Chile's chances.
In the end, neither team managed to find a winner. For Berhalter, there will be a lot to digest from this game before heading to the Gold Cup.
Ethan Horvath: Club Brugge goalkeeper has not been tested much in terms of backup. His distribution and playing with the ball at his feet was not great. Rating: 5.5
DeAndre Yedlin: The rear Newcastle was largely invisible in the game. He never really pushed forward with any efficiency whatsoever, but was decent to defend Chile on his side. Rating: 5.5
Omar Gonzalez: On his return to the American team, Gonzalez seemed too slow in the first period against the Chileans. He was not good at getting out of the back, except for a nice Roldan ball that opened a dangerous counter in the first period. 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 manage the speed of Chilean strikers in the first period. In the second half, he was much better with his distribution. Rating: 5.5
Tim ReamThe Fulham defender again played out of the left back position and struggled to find his balance. He had a terrible mistake in the first half that almost caused a goal and Chile attacked his side effectively. Rating: 5.0
Michael Bradley: During the match, Bradley was the best player on the American team. Defensively, he left the American team afloat for long periods and when the American team took possession of the ball, Bradley helped the team move forward. He also scored remarkable passes. Rating: 7.5
Paul Arriola: The winger of DC United had a solid performance in the first half. He used his skill on the ball and his speed to create some opportunities, even when the US team was being outclassed. He was not as keen in the second half but it was a good game overall. Rating: 6.5
Cristian Roldan: The Seattle Sounders midfielder played good games in the middle of the field but did not usually participate in too dangerous events and his defense has often conceded the ball to Chile in midfield. Rating: 5.5
Christian Pulisic: Borussia Dortmund striker scored a quick goal on a well-timed run in the middle of the field. He was dangerous until an injury forced him to play offside.th minute. Rating: 7.0
Corey Baird: Real Salt Lake striker had a decent move that hampered the Chilean defense in the first half. His last ball did not give anything dangerous and his defense was not what was needed. Rating: 5.5
Gyasi ZardesIt was a great performance for Zardez who made a fantastic game on the first goal by controlling the long ball with one touch and sending Pulisic alone to the goal. His game was generally correct and he almost found a goal in the 56th minute when he took a loose ball into the box and shot high. His delay in the race continued to be an asset, even when the US team was going through a difficult time. Rating: 7.0
Sebastian Lletget: The LA Galaxy midfielder came into play early to replace the injured Pulisic. Overall, he struggled to get involved and did not really influence the game. Rating: 4.5
Daniel Lovitz: Montreal's rear impact replaced Baird at 57th minute. He had a nice offensive race in the 60th minute. Overall, the number of minutes was stable and ball possession helped. Rating: 6.0
Wil Trapp: Trapp replaced Arriola in the 66th minute and seemed well in hand possession when the American team found their footing in a new formation. A bad pass (when he was playing in a tricky position) at the end could have been expensive, but overall, Trapp was decent. Rating: 6.0
Jordan Morris: Replaced Zardes in the 79th minute and was not really involved. He made a good game for almost stripping the Chilean goalkeeper in the end. Note: NR
Jonathan Lewis: The winger of NYCFC replaced Cristian Roldan in the 83rd minute. Immediately, it was dangerous to shoot a yellow card. He really wanted to make an impact. Only made a mistake in a sales figure. Not enough to get a grade, but it's an intriguing option on the bench. Note: NR