After a goalless draw between the Unites States and Wales, much more has been uncovered about Greg Berhalter’s youthful team. Although Christian Pulisic was out due to injury, Wales dealt with injury problems of their own. Regardless, we were able to see a first glance at the new and improved United States Mens National Team. Here are the player ratings.
Zach Steffen, GK: 6.5
Despite not having too many saves to make, a crucial 1v1 save in the second half kept the game alive for the U.S. Steffen made a careless pass to Tyler Adams early in the second half which could’ve resulted in a goal, if not for Wales’ poor execution of the play. Other than that, a generally tidy match for the Manchester City goalkeeper
John Brooks, CB: 7
Brooks played a great game at the back against Wales. His experience on the international team was well needed on a side lacking experience. Brooks was also helpful offensively, delivering numerous balls dangerous to the opposition. Berhalter surely won’t consider leaving Brooks out of the squad against Panama on Monday after his performance today.
Matt Miazga, CB: 6.5
Matt Miazga played a tidy game at the back without many errors. Offensively, he was rather conservative, and didn’t attempt many difficult passes. After receiving a yellow card in the 56′ minute, he had to limit his aggressiveness on defense, which slightly impacted his play throughout the rest of the match.
Antonee Robinson, LB: 5.5
Robinson had difficulty making simple passes throughout the first half, leading to multiple turnovers. Despite a large error he made which could have resulted in a goal for Wales, Robinson played much better in the second half. Additionally, the Fulham player had a great defensive effort after sprinting back to recover and keep Matondo from scoring. It will be interesting to see if Greg Berhalter keeps Robinson in his squad again Panama on Monday.
Sergiño Dest, RB: 7.5
Sergiño Dest played a great game at right back, both offensively and defensively. Dest made it very difficult for any Wales player to get past him defensively. On the right, Sergiño exuded confidence and created many chances that couldn’t be finished off. We can see the improvement Dest has made since joining F.C Barcelona and U.S fans will hope he can keep it up.
Tyler Adams, CDM: 7
Tyler Adams played a very good game as defensive midfielder. He looked very aggressive and rarely got caught out of position. Despite not bringing that much to the offense, he supported Brooks and Miazga very well, and seems to have brought this great energy he got used to at R.B Leipzig. He kept the intensity up for the rest of his teammates and will undoubtedly replace Michael Bradley as the squads go-to defensive mid.
Yunus Musah, CM: 7
Although Musah isn’t officially registered as a United States player, after his great performance tonight, we can expect to see that be made official soon. The unlikely hero tonight, Musah controlled the midfield and was a fun player to watch. He offered a lot on offense, and created some nice link up play with Gio Reyna. Fans will be hoping to see more from him in the near future.
Weston McKennie, CM: 7.5
McKennie was one of the best players on the field today, and has shown so much improvement since his last few games with the U.S. He made many great passes on the wings and was able to involve many players on offense. Along with styler Adams, his energy and athleticism set the tone for the rest of the team. It was difficult for Mckennie to find that crucial pass upfield to destroy Wales’ defense but hopefully he’ll be able to practice this because he’ll be the one the offense looks toward for that key ball.
Konrad De La Fuente, LW: 6
De La Fuente never really settled into this game. He had a few nice link ups in the first half but nothing good enough to get through the defense. Konrad’s biggest chance came in the 33rd minute, as a mistake from Wales CB Levitt left the winger with a golden opportunity to open the scoring. However, this chance was wasted, as the Barcelona man blazes it over the crossbar.
Giovanni Reyna, RW: 7
Reyna made his international debut today, and played a great game. He put in many good crosses which couldn’t be converted. The Dortmund player didn’t get too many shots off, but played some great passes. Reyna was shown limping in the second half but fans will hope he can recover and play against Panama. An overall strong debut, and will surely be in the squad, so long as he makes a speedy recovery.
Sebastian Lletget, ST: 5.5
Lletget was forced to play up top, which isn’t his main position. It was clear he wasn’t ready to play striker, and struggled due to this. The United States were lacking a clinical striker today, and Lletget couldn’t be that play. Should Berhalter have started someone like Tim Weah, who is more comfortable in front of goal, this game could have ended up with a very different scoreline.