December and January friendlies are traditionally not the prettiest affairs for the U.S. men’s national team, with MLS-based players often out of season and sharpness lacking even with the help of an extended camp.
Saturday’s friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina was no different, with the last USMNT match of the year lacking cohesion even before the Bosnia red card that doomed the match to morphing into a lackluster clash.
What it did provide was some promising glimpses for USMNT fans to consider. Jordan Morris showed some promising flashes, Johnny Cardoso looked like a defensive midfield prospect worth spending more time on and Brooks Lennon performed well enough to merit further consideration in the crowded right-back pool.
Here is a look back at how the USMNT players performed in Saturday’s win against Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Matt Turner – 7
Recorded three saves, and completed all 11 of his passes on a night when he wasn’t seriously tested.
Brooks Lennon – 7
A solid debut for the Atlanta United fullback, who handled his defensive duties well, while also showing some of the attacking quality he can bring to the role.
Walker Zimmerman – 8
The USMNT Man of the Match was stellar yet again, snuffing out some Bosnian threats and dominating yet again.
Henry Kessler – 6.5
Didn’t have a ton to do given the man advantage and Zimmerman’s presence, but Kessler was sharp with his passing and positioning.
George Bello – 6.5
Won all six of his duels and added six recoveries, but he didn’t contribute as much to the attack as you would like to see, though part of that was down to Bosnia bunkering after the red card.
Johnny Cardoso – 7
Very sharp day for the Brazil-based midfielder, who completed 91 percent of his passes, including six of eight long-range passes. Defensively, Cardoso added nine recoveries to show off his impressive two-way ability.
Kellyn Acosta – 6
Active as always, but didn’t contribute enough to the attack for the advanced role he was placed in, and as much as the red card might have influenced that, it was still far from Acosta’s best.
Cristian Roldan – 6
Much like Acosta, Roldan wasn’t able to really find an attacking spark, and while he did put in some good defensive work, the Sounders midfielder missed an opportunity to really boost his stock.
Jesus Ferreira – 6
Deployed on the wing instead of his usual central role, Ferreira contributed two successful crosses, and a key passes, but was largely quiet on the day.
Ricardo Pepi – 5.5
It was a night to forget for Pepi, who was starved for service, and who looked like a player who hadn’t played much in the past two months. He gets some credit for his defensive effort.
Jordan Morris – 6.5
He didn’t score a goal or register an assist, but Morris provided the most promising glimpses of the night, flashing his trademark speed in his first USMNT appearance in two years. He worked his way into threatening positions on multiple occasions, and while the sharpness isn’t quite there yet, Morris looked like a player ready to jump right back into the conversation for a regular role with the full squad.
Gyasi Zardes – 5
Failed to record a shot during his 28 minutes of action.
Bryan Reynolds – 6.5
Produced a pair of key passes and was very active in his 28-minute shift, though it was pretty clear he lacks sharpness due to his lack of club minutes.
Jackson Yueill – 6
Completed 39 of 40 passes during his 27 minutes of action, contributing three recoveries in a tidy performance.
Cole Bassett – 7.5
Delivered the winning goal during his 12-minute shift, and as much as there was some luck involved in the ball falling to him, Bassett’s track record for producing goals lets you know he deserves the credit for putting himself in dangerous positions.
Cade Cowell – NR
A quiet 12-minute shift for the San Jose Earthquakes prospect.
Jonathan Gomez – NR
Only played six minutes, but only needed five to make an impact, with his shot forcing the rebound that fell to Bassett for the winner. A promising debut for the young fullback.