USMNT player ratings: 2-0 win over Panama


Staff Writer

The United States came away with a 2-0 win in Carson, California on Sunday. The game showed a little bit of everything, both positive and negative.

Here are our player ratings from the first win of 2015:

GK Nick Rimando: 6.5

Any time you keep a clean sheet, its good day at the office. The Real Salt Lake man made himself big on few plays through his 45 minutes of action.

D Matt Besler:4

The defense was not good on this afternoon, and Besler’s slip to give Perez a one on one opportunity summed up this match.

D Jermainie Jones: 5

The defense did keep a clean sheet on the day. However, that’s where the positives end. Too many ill-advised passes and clearances by the unit, especially Jermaine Jones.

D DeAndre Yedlin:6

Before his afternoon got cut short, the defender had a mixed bag of results. He was solid on attack, but was rarely seen back on the defensive end.

D Brek Shea:6.5

Solid afternoon. Made some stops on the defensive end and got up into the final third at times.

M Mix Diskerud:5

I’m probably being too generous giving Mix a 5. Simply put, if it weren’t for his trademark hair, the midfielder would have not been noticeable on your TV screens.

M Miguel Ibarra: 7

For a first start, it was an impressive showing by the 24-year-old. Showed a lot of what Jurgen is looking for in an attacking player. Felt like he disappeared a little bit in the second half, but still a good performance.

M Michael Bradley: 8

The maestro of the midfield. The magician from the corner kick. Simply put, Michael Bradley was Michael Bradley on Sunday…sort of. Definitely not Bradley’s best performance, but he helped lead his team to victory in this one.

M Clint Dempsey: 8.5 (Man of the Match)

The Deuce was loose on Sunday at the Home Depot Center. Dempsey beats out Bradley for Man of the Match honors because of the second goal. Landon Donovan was the only other player for the stars in stripes who could score goals of that quality.

F Jozy Altidore: 7

Jozy was active and had opportunities on the afternoon. The Toronto FC new-comer had a good game, but no a great one.

F Gyasi Zardes: 8

Zardes really was impressive for the stars and stripes against Panama. The Galaxy forward showed creativity, vision, and most important speed in his first start for the USMNT.


F Chris Wondolowski: 5

Call it a sitter. Call it a bunny. Call it an open shot. Bottom line is that Wondo missed another great opportunity to make his miss against Belgium a distant memory.

M Lee Nguyen: 6

The Revolution midfielder failed to dazzle, but he also didn’t make many mistakes. Solid outing.

M Perry Kitchen: N/A*

The DC United player only got about 20 minutes at the end of this one to secure his first cap.

D Matt Hedges: N/A*

Hedges came on for Yedlin for the last 20 minutes.

 GK Sean Johnson: 6.5

Johnson kept a clean sheet and wasn’t tested that much during his 45 minutes in net.

M Luis Gil N/A*

The Real Salt Lake man came in for the final 10 minutes of this one.

*Not enough time to Assess