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USMNT Player Ratings: All-round good grades with Pulisic & Zardes tops




The US national team struggled in the second half and defeated Trinidad & Tobago, opponents of Concacaf Gold Cup Group D, on Saturday night in Cleveland 6-0.

Aaron Long and Gyasi Zardes both scored twice, while Christian Pulisic and Sub Jordan Morris each scored two assists. The home side took about 40 minutes to get the party going, but looked better in the attack than ever since the Soca Warriors had grossly spoiled their 201

8 qualifying campaign 20 months ago. The boys of Gregg Berhalter owned two-thirds of the ball, went with a narrow 88-percent lead over the stage and gave 14 shots when they recorded their biggest victory since March 2017.

Zack Steffen (7) [19659005] – For the first time Steffen had little to do with the captaincy for an hour. The inactivity did not bother him. A solid stop for Kevin Molino seemed to be easy to defend in the 63rd minute 1-0 lead. A moment later he fought an evasive free-kick by Alvin Jones to save the end.

Nick Lima (6.5) – Right in the back of the US, there were some disquieting defense episodes when he bit down too hard on a counter and several hectares for a boisterous Trinidad and Tobago player Left room. Nevertheless, Lima was largely cleaned up on the ball and stepped forward frequently to support the attack. A pinpoint header in the midfield of the team's first insurance sum slightly increased his score over the pass.

Walker Zimmerman (6.5) – The LAFC center-half was the best defender of his side in the first half and kept the upper hand from playing.

Aaron Long (7.5) – The reigning MLS defender of the year was a bit shaky in the first 40 minutes, even as he recovers from an overzealous move toward midfield runs back to a shot in to ward off the area. Everything changed after Long had rammed the first goal of the game home. He turned into a presumptuous presence in the back seat and could then limit the victory by looking back on his time in midfield to reach the final goal of the team.

Tim Ream (6) – The Fulham The veteran had a few early hiccups on his back, but cleared it off and added some solid passes to the flank.

Michael Bradley (7.5) – The Toronto FC skipper was another player who overcame a few early mistakes (bad sales at the US end) to achieve a positive overall broadcast , Bradley went diagonally to the flanks, with the best of the game Lima selected for the above-mentioned support. He also threw himself back into the box to make some important interventions while the game was not over.

Weston McKennie (7.5) – After the game in Guyana many observers (including yours really) expressed the wish that McKennie would commit to driving much more often. Tonight his ad was "Please and you shall receive." The Schalke always found midfield seams that could attack him with a variety of divisional passes, and it was a very welcome sight.

Christian Pulisic (8.5) – In the first three halves of the Gold Cup, Pulisic offered a lot of sound and rage that said nothing on the scoreboard. That dam finally broke with a fine cross in the 41st minute to reach Long's start, and the Soca Warriors landed washed away in the flood that resulted. The US star was everywhere in the last 45 minutes, adding a smart second assist to Zardes' first and then to his own plain finish.

Tyler Boyd (7) – The new US right wing could not develop a final product in this case, but certainly there was no lack of trials. Boyd's ability to fire a yard was again threatening, but that night it was his last-third move that really unsettled the visitors' backs.

Paul Arriola (7.5) – Stop if you've heard that before. After a first half, which had nothing to report, Arriola put in a high gear after the break. The D. C. United striker wasted a good deal of time deciding to shoot lightly from a tight angle, as Zardes ran the most irritating at the back post. Shortly after the break, he was robbed outside the door and that seemed to ignite a fire. From then on, Arriola was in constant difficulty, reversing his second chance from close range and almost a spectacular second retracted, as he had driven late from the crossbar.

Gyasi Zardes (8) – It took a while for the Columbus striker to find the match, but he warmed up with some helpful high-press and hold-up games. Zardes started and finished the game in second place in the USA and soon after made his choice to finish his first USMNT bracket in over three years. He could have made it to a hat-trick just before his departure if he had not had the post and a solid parry from T & T keeper Marvin Phillip.

Coach Gregg Berhalter (8) – I think that's fair to say That's the kind of rhythm Berhalter has been looking for since he took over the USMNT just over six months ago. It seems that the detailed preliminary work of the boss finally pays off. The team finally made a breakthrough through the midfield, continued to threaten from wide positions and created the biggest pile of opportunities in the recent past. With defenders running far and providing effective centering service? Morris smoothly created some quick assists that did just that. The first came after he skilfully jumped a T & T pass to accelerate the onslaught.

Jozy Altidore (6.5) – During his 16 minutes of action, but the fancy flick from the corner to free Morris for his second lineup was just plain dandy.

Reggie Cannon (6.5) – Six-minute garbage time shifts not usually Cannon receives a grade, but Cannon receives a positive grade for a clever cut from McKennie, which is almost goal-oriented would have led.


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