By FRANCO PANIZO
The U.S. Men’s National Team’s night was ruined by a late goal, but there were still plenty of positives for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to draw from.
The U.S. and Honduras played to a 1-1 draw after Maynor Figueroa scored an 86th-minute equalizer on Tuesday night at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. The goal forced the Americans to settle for a tie for the second straight match, but it was not enough to overshadow some of the better individual performances put forth by U.S. players.
From Mix Diskerud to Greg Garza to Timmy Chandler, there was plenty of promise shown against the Hondurans. But there were also some mixed outings, as evidenced by Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley’s shifts in the CONCACAF affair.
Here is a look at how all the Americans performed on Tuesday against Honduras:
USMNT 1, Honduras 1: SBI PLAYER GRADES
Nick Rimando – 5.5. Made all the saves he needed to make, and played the ball quickly out of the back. Had one unusual bad pass that led to one of Honduras’ best scoring chances in the first half.
Timmy Chandler – 6. Chandler was constantly getting involved in the attack and held his own when defending, but his crosses could have been better.
Jermaine Jones – 5.5. The experiment at centerback was essentially flawless until Jones appeared to lose Figueroa on the late set-piece equalizer. That was the one bad mark in a game in which Jones showed well defensively, helped to build out of the back, and demonstrated his underrated speed off the ball. Stronger opponents and busier nights await, however.
Matt Besler – 6. Sturdy at the back and accurate with his passes, Besler did not look at all uncomfortable next to Jones. He was not overly tested, but held up when he was.
Greg Garza – 7. A standout performance that made it tough to believe that this was his third U.S. appearance. Garza was lights out defensively and at times joined in on the attack. A very strong showing at a position that has made for many headaches in years past.
Mix Diskerud – 5.5. Playing in a more defensive and withdrawn role than usual, Diskerud chased the game a bit more than he normally does. He did play the ball quickly and showed promise once again but conceded the unnecessary foul that led to Figueroa’s equalizer.
Michael Bradley – 5. A sublime pass from Bradley helped open the scoring and then things got a little sloppy. He helped dictate the tempo and was active in looking for the ball and receiving it, but a number of his passes were off the mark, including a rare one that went directly to the opposition.
Graham Zusi – 4.5. Definitely not his best night in a U.S. jersey. Zusi worked hard to provide an outlet for teammates and track back, but was not very sharp with the ball when it came his way.
Clint Dempsey – 6. Was one of the more active players in the first half, getting on the ball constantly and connecting passes with teammates. He did not see as much of the ball in the second half when Honduras began to apply pressure, and faded before coming off.
Alejandro Bedoya – 6.5. Bedoya worked his tail off on both sides of the ball, breaking up plays on one end and trying to interchange passes on the other. A solid, more well-rounded showing after having to play more defensively vs. Ecuador.
Jozy Altidore – 5.5. After mis-hitting a pass on a good-looking attack early on, Altidore responded by scoring a well-taken goal in the 10th minute. From there, he hustled and made tireless runs but could not get the type of service that has seen him thrive in the past.
Tim Ream – 6. Came into the game amidst a number of substitutions and had no trouble settling in next to Jones. Ream looked good defensively and his passing was sharp.
Bobby Wood – 4.5. Looks to still be adjusting to the speed and physicality of the international game, as he again found it tough to do much up top and missed a chance wide that he probably should’ve put on frame.
DeAndre Yedlin – 5. While his speed caused problems for Honduras, his touches were off. Yedlin did get into good positions playing once again as the right midfielder, though.
Alfredo Morales – 5.5. The FC Ingolstadt midfielder provided some fresh legs and defensive bite off the bench at a time when Honduras was on the attack. Still, he didn’t make a huge impact.
Joe Corona – 5. Brought energy, connected some passes and drew a few fouls, but Honduras were the team on the front foot by the time Corona came in and his effectiveness was limited.
Miguel Ibarra – N/R. Earned his U.S. Men’s National Team debut with a substitute cameo in the 90th minute, but it was too late in the game for him to make an impact.
What did you think of the individual performances in the USMNT’s victory vs. Honduras? Agree with these grades? Which players do you feel are rated too high or too low?
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