BY PATRICK MacDONALD
Leading up to the U.S. match against Canada, there really was no reason for the Americans to take this game too seriously. Nevertheless, except for marching out Edgar Castillo in place of an injured Fabian Johnson, it seemed like Jurgen Klinsmann wanted to showcase his first team squad.
They didn’t perform like so. The U.S. played scared in the back far more than the offense put fear into the Canadian defense, looking generally sloppy all around.
So how did each player look? Let’s find out:
Tim Howard GK – 7
This match easily could have been a loss were it not for some saves by Howard.
Steve Cherundolo RB – 6
Had an OK game defensively, but was absent in the offense.
Clarence Goodson CB – 6
The most solid night at the position compared to both Onyewu and Cameron
Carlos Bocanegra CB – 6
Solid night by the captain.
Edgar Castillo LB – 3
Save for a near fluke goal, Castillo looked out of his element. Were it not for a generous call by the line ref, he would have cost the team a tie.
Landon Donovan RM – 5
He’s been absent since the match versus Scotland; that didn’t change tonight.
Jermaine Jones CM – 6
Looked very lively despite some sore moments. His yellow card was a bit harsh.
Michael Bradley CM – 5
A quiet night for the star of the last two matches.
Jose Torres LM – 3.5
A bad night for the “creative” force of the United States Men’s national team.
Clint Dempsey F – 5
That MVP season in the EPL has not transitioned to the USMNT so far in these matches.
Herculez Gomez F – 5.5
Looked significantly less lively than he did against a stronger Brazil. Had a decent moment or two.
Jozy Altidore F – 5
Came on for Torres; didn’t inject much life into the game.
Oguchi Onyewu CB – 6
Aided in securing the clean sheet.
Maurice Edu LM – 5
Didn’t supply anything to offense; helped close out the tie.
Chris Wondolowski and Michael Parkhurst
Came one too late to make any real difference. Incomplete