USMNT players rank: Bradley, Pulisic, Gonzalez stand out in Chile's showdown


The US men's national team faced Houston on Wednesday in a 1-1 draw against Chile, a match that should serve several important lessons for new director Gregg Berhalter and his often-overlooked accusations.

The hosts got off to a good start when Christian Pulisic picked up a nice Gyasi Zardes set up in the fourth minute, but quickly gave up and control of the game. The Chilean press gave the boys red, white and blues the spin all night long, but they clung despite the fact that several Gregg Berhalter players have displayed undesirable performances.

Ethan Horvath (6) – The Club Brugge man was not given a lot of standard goalkeeper duties, but he easily handled those in which he was in a hurry. Horvath should probably have received a second help for the kick that led to the opening of the Pulisic score, but some of his subsequent distribution choices put the team under pressure.

DeAndre Yedlin (4) – This was another outing under the Newcastle return average, which freed space for the Chile striker by being sucked into the center. Yedlin also struggled in one-on-one situations in his corner and failed to make an impact when pushed into a more backward role over the last 35 minutes.

Matt Miazga (7) – The back of the center of Reading was not flawless at the back, but it was generally well placed to stall Chilean strikers on numerous occasions, where they were receiving misplaced passes at the top of the surface. Miazga also conceded strong performances and a large block of ground early in the second half.

Omar Gonzalez (7) – Like his partner, the veteran defenseman has shown a strong performance by scoring a handful of clearances and a big shot. Gonzalez also unleashed a threatening breach in the United States by skillfully launching an exit passage over Chile's pressure line. But, please, no more nap when the opponent has a touch in the corner.

Tim Ream (5) – For the second consecutive game, Fulham's defender posted a hot and cold display on the left-back. Ream started quickly with a decisive pass on the flank, but eventually made mistakes, including a lazy back pass that could easily have ended in disaster. Defensively, he made some smart saves in the United States, but also made some troubling mistakes. It could be supposed that it was shown that it was not the solution to this post.

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Michael Bradley (6.5) – The bald eagle was largely excellent in the first period, sucking a bushel of balls in the middle of the field (when no one else was there) and sending a few assists in the lead in attack. Bradley was not so good after the break, when he lost some dribblers from Chile and a few opportunities to choose runners with longer balls.

Cristian Roldan (3) – The Seattle Sounders midfielder started the night off by making a great second minute to turn the pressure defense into third and last goal, but all dropped from there. Time and time again, Roldan was found missing from his own side. His position in line, cover and decisions with the ball have been problematic several times. He left in the 84th minute after only two assists in the offensive third and the same amount to relieve pressure on his back. Needless to say, the team needs a lot more from the guy in role # 8.

Christian Pulisic (7.5) – Too bad that the playmaker Borussia Dortmund was forced to disappear after only 35 minutes, and that his departure has radically changed the procedure. Pulisic not only applied a fantastic finishing touch to the icebreaker, but his wheels and his intention with the balloon pissed off Chile every time he turned up.

Corey Baird (3.5) – Aside from a nice centering power and a strong pressure valve maneuver between minutes 15 and 20, Real Salt Lake winger was a bit disappointed. Baird was completely ruled out by tracking Chile on his equalizer, while his decisions and his touchdown killed a number of promising advances from the United States.

Paul Arriola (4.5) – Although the opposite of Baird had better results in comparison, it was also well below average. Arriola served well a tempting center that deserved a finish, but he hesitated too often when he left a space to attack freely and spoiled a great opportunity with a particularly mediocre touch. Although the ace of D.C. United made some useful defensive stops in the first period, he also missed a golden opportunity to break Chile's goal sequence before it became really dangerous.

Gyasi Zardes (5.5) – Damn it, we can not say enough about his faceoff on the long kickoff and his decisive pass for the turn that marked the goal of Pulisic. It was certainly a world-class game, and a game that trailed its note towards the respectable. At the beginning of the second period, Zardes brilliantly managed to fight his way through sheer obstinacy, and then unfortunately stumbled from an excellent position. The Columbus striker has also dropped far too deep, prompting Chile's defenders to infiltrate for extra pressure. On one of those occasions, he spat out a bad roll to put his defense on.

Coach Gregg Berhalter (6– While some of his line-up choices may be questioned, Berhalter was also wise to at least temporarily abandon the rear ride used in his first three games. It would also be fair to criticize a little its obvious dismantling of the American attack, which made it very difficult any acceleration ahead in the second half. This, however, was understandable given the ease with which Chile moved in the bowels, or even its somewhat effective slowdown. For this game, his first charge against a high level opponent, we will call it a wash.


Sebastian Lletget (4) – The LA Galaxy midfielder had more than an hour to get to work after replacing Pulisic, but that never really happened. Lletget had and will have much better nights in a USMNT jersey, but this one was mainly characterized by modest challenges and bad decisions with the ball.

Daniel Lovitz (3.5) – Montreal's left-back bowed to a solid center, but spent most of his 24-minute shift on both sides of the ball.

Wil Trapp (4.5) – The skipper of Crew SC would have no diagonal pass for the locks, and he escaped with some late-game mistakes in the United States.

Jordan Morris (-) – In the absence of real support, the Seattle speedster has been given a thankless job during his brief shift.

Jonathan Lewis (-) – The late submarine of New York City FC could evoke late magic this time around.

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