Player Ratings: U.S. 1, Trinidad and Tobago 2

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US logoThere are no words to describe the United States‘ loss to Trinidad and Tobago.  None.

After being in control, needing only a draw or a victory to make it to Russia and the 2018 World Cup, the United States lost and will be watching from home after Panama and Honduras won and eliminated the U.S. Honduras will face Australia in a playoff for a place in Russia.

Rating the performance of U.S. players is an effort in futility, but here goes. …

Goalkeeper

Tim Howard had an awful night. He miscalculated each goal and constantly dropped easy shots. Grade: F

Defenders

DeAndre Yedlin looked gassed and offered nothing offensively or defensively. He was burned on the right side by Trinidad’s Lewis. Grade: D+

Omar Gonzalez had a disgraceful game. He was at fault for T&Ts first goal and continued to give away the ball. Grade: F

Matt Besler did not do enough. Although the goals were not his fault, he could have added more to the game. Grade: C-

Jorge Villafana was unable to contain Alvin Jones. His inability to keep Jones under wraps resulted in both of Trinidad’s goals. Grade: F

Midfielders

Michael Bradley did not do enough. His passes failed to reach teammates and his defensive help was nonexistent. Grade: C

Darlington Nagbe offered nothing beneficial to the contest. Although he never turned over the ball, he added nothing offensively. Grade: C-

Christian Pulisic was able to bring the game within one with his goal but was unable to do enough to help his side get the result. Grade: B

Paul Arriola did not contribute anything. He was subbed off before the start of the second half. Grade: D+

Forwards

Bobby Wood gave his all. He played with energy and heart but could not create a chance on goal. Grade: C+

Jozy Altidore constantly played out of position. At times, he would drop further back than Gonzalez to receive a ball.  Grade: D

Substitutes

Clint Dempsey tried to be a hero. Apart from Pulisic, it seemed as if he was the only one taking a shot on goal. He had a few chances but either the goalkeeper of the post robbed him of his glory. Grade: C+

Kellyn Acosta is not a left back yet he was subbed on in that position. He added nothing to the game. Grade: N/A

Benny Feilhaber came on too late to make an impact. Grade: N/A

Coach

Bruce Arena‘s time with the United States will surely come to an end after this result. His team was sluggish and lethargic. Arena opted not to change up the lineup which ended up costing him a World Cup spot. Grade: F