Player Ratings: USMNT 4-0 Bolivia

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By Patrick MacDonald

The United States Men’s National Team has finished their Copa America series of warmup friendlies 3-0-0, with each successive performance more convincing than the one prior.

For all the turmoil that’s surrounded this squad since it left Brazil in 2014, it could be that there’s actually room for optimism going into the Copa America. If they perform like they did against Bolivia, then the Copa Centenario may end up being a memorable tournament for U.S. fans.

But for now, let’s see how each player performed last night.

Brad Guzan – GK: 6
The low-ish grade is really only because he had very little to do.

Michael Orozco – RB: 6
Fine outting in relieving Yedlin, giving the former some rest.

Geoff Cameron – CB: 6
Fine job with little to do on the night.

John Brooks – CB: 7.5
The youngster continues to impress. Didn’t have a whole lot to do in the back, but got on the board for his third international goal.

Matt Besler – LB: 6
Surprisingly ok on the left side, had a few shaky moments passing and defensively, but provided a surprising amount of offense with some dangerous crosses.

Michael Bradley – CDM: 7
Another solid outting in the 6 position. A number of defensive clearances plus his picture-perfect ball to Wood led to Zardes’s second.

Jermaine Jones – CM: 7
Overall nice job, created the opportunity that led to Pulisic’s goal with a tackle and nice give and go with Nagbe.

Alejandro Bedoya – CM: 8
Bedoya really took ownership of his position in central midfield with two heads up assists. He may have earned himself the start against Colombia.

Bobby Wood – LW: 7
Active night on the left, nice assist on Zardes second goal.

Gyassi Zardes – RW: 7.5
One game does not a player make, but for at least one night, Zardes wasn’t betrayed by his usual poor touch. Credit his teammates for feeding him scoring chances he only needed to one time.

Clint Dempsey – F: 6.5
Aided in the build up on a number of occasions providing goal scoring opportunities.

Substitutions:
DeAndre Yedlin – RB: 6.5
Another tidy night on the right side, added pressure onto a Bolivian side constantly on its back heels.

Fabian Johnson – LB: 6
Held down the left in his half of work.

Christian Pulisic – LW: 7.5
It would be foolish at the age of 17 to anoint this kid as the future of U.S. Soccer. After all, the guy he dethroned as youngest player to score for the USMNT hasn’t amounted to much. But with his skill on the ball and heads up play to give Nagbe an outlet, the future is bright.

Darlington Nagbe – CM: 7
Another strong performance by the Portland Timber. Cool on the ball leading up to his assist on Pulisic’s goal.

Graham Zusi – RW: 7
Should have had an assist late, had a few nice moments prior.

Chris Wondolowski – F: 4
Hard to fault a guy for missing a gimme when the side’s up by 4, but alas, you got to put those away.


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