Player Ratings: Portugal 1, U.S. 1

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US logoThe United States men’s national team played its first match since the debacle against Trinidad and Tobago last month. Now, under interim management and with a revamped, younger roster (and a few veterans), the U.S. faced Portugal in Lieria, a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Here is how each player faired in this November friendly.

Goalkeeper

Ethan Horvath appeared composed until his slip up late in the first half. He had an good night until his blunder. Grade: C-

Defenders

DeAndre Yedlin kept Bruma quiet. He won every aerial duel and threw himself into every tackle. Grade: B

Matt Miazga played like a professional. Conservative tackling and proper communication helped keep his backline composed. Grade: B

John Brooks played like a leader. Loud communication and strong tackling helped keep his team calm and collected. Grade: A-

Eric Lichaj had a quiet and reserved game. He got the job done while providing veteran communication in the defense. Grade: B-

Midfielders

Tyler Adams floated in and out of the match but remained composed, making the right pass and right tackle at the proper time. Grade: B-

Weston McKennie scored his side’s lone goal on his debut for the senior team. His tenacity and will to dribble helped initiate attacks. Sometimes he would get too fancy and make a mistake. Grade: A-

Kellyn Acosta played with a chip on his shoulder. He went into every tackle with heart and passion. His link-up play with McKennie led to multiple chances in the attacking third. Grade: B+

Danny Williams was aggressive. His tackling was on par while his offense was limited. Grade: B-

Forwards

C.J. Sapong looked to drift wide and play in his central midfielders. This tactic paid off as he assisted McKennie’s goal. Grade: B+

Juan Agudelo supplied relentless energy up top, aggravating Portugal’s backline constantly. Grade: B

Substitutes

Jorge Villafaña offered a few forward runs and aggressive tackling. Grade: C+

Lynden Gooch offered quick dribbling and willingness to take on defenders. Offered offensive life in the second half. Grade: B

Bill Hamid was barely tested, making a few low saves. Grade: C+

Cameron Carter-Vickers threw his body at every aerial battle and low tackle, constantly hurting himself but winning the ball. Grade: B+

Dom Dwyer was all over the place but never made a significant impact off the bench. Grade: C

Alejandro Bedoya came on too late to make an impact. Grade: N/A

Coach

Dave Sarachan got everything out of his players. Each player played with emotion and heart, something the team lacked in its previous performance. Sarachan’s mixture of youth and veterans paid off as they played to a draw. He’s in charge as the interim coach and could be around through the summer. Grade: B+