Player Ratings: U.S. 1, Panama 1

20170708 MNT v PAN Dwyer goal celebration

By JACK HAZZARD

US logoIt was a frustrating outing for the United States men’s national team against Panama in the Gold Cup on Saturday. After being in control for most of the first half, the United States struggled to find the back of the net.

Once the second half began, the U.S. got off to a flying start and scored a quick goal. That lead quickly vanished after a defensive breakdown that led to Panama’s equalizer.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw that keeps the United States and Panama level at the top of the group.

The United States did not play well, but how did they do individually? Here the player ratings from EoS:

Goalkeeper

Brad Guzan had a strong performance. He had five saves and did his best to command his backline. Although his defense was subpar, the Atlanta United goalkeeper was able to keep his team afloat. Grade: B+

Defenders

Graham Zusi played a strong first half and went quiet after Panama’s goal. At the beginning, he made strong runs and supported the offensive. In the second, he stayed more defensive in order to relieve any leakage in the backline. Grade: B-

Omar Gonzalez looked like a fish out of water . He never seemed to understand what was going on and struggled with aerial duels, something he typically controls. Grade: C

Matt Besler‘s communication with Gonzalez and Dax McCarty was awful. He struggled with aerial duels and collapsed on Panama’s goal. Grade: C

Jorge Villafaña was all over the map, and not in a good way. The outside back was scrappy, but failed to shut down his opponent. Arena may want to look somewhere else next game for width on defense. Grade: C-

Midfielders

Dax McCarty had a bad game. He failed to communicate with his backline and never got forward with the offense. Poor performance from the former New York Red Bull star. Grade: C

Kellyn Acosta is typically a great source of consistency for the United States. His performance against Panama, however, was disappointing. He looked out of position and his passes were not as accurate as they usually are. Grade: B-

Alejandro Bedoya wore the captain’s armband fbut offered little to nothing. Apart from a few passes, he was quiet and reserved. Tournament could be his national team swan song. Grade: C+

Kelyn Rowe had an decent performance. Rowe tested Panama’s keeper a few times in the first half and assisted on Dom Dwyer’s early second-half goal. The New England Revolution winger left midway through the second half wth an injury. Grade: B+

Joe Corona provided the United States with a few chances up top but struggled to offer support for Dom Dwyer. Grade: C+

Forward

Dom Dwyer has now scored two goals in two games for the United States. He has become a stunning revelation for the country and has made a case to become a regular member of the squad. Grade: B+

Substitutes

Juan Agudelo brought energy and passion off the bench. Coming on immediately after Panama’s goal, Agudelo ran his tail off to help his side. But he couldn’t do enough to give his side a second-half lead. Grade: B-

Gyasi Zardes checked in halfway through the second half for an injured Kelyn Rowe. He had a few good runs on the left side and couple decent crosses. Apart from that, he didn’t offer much. Grade: C

Jordan Morris came on late as a substitute for Alejandro Bedoya. The Seattle Sounders forward wasn’t given enough time to make an impact. Grade: N/A

Coach

Bruce Arena‘s squad was weak and lacked cohesion in the heat. The defense looked out of sorts and the offense failed to produce. Not a great outing for the United States. This is a test. Only a test. Grade: C