USMNT player ratings: How Klinsmann’s men fared against the Dutch

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First things first, let’s all take a deep breath and try to compose ourselves after what we witnessed this afternoon.

Yes, the U.S. national team just came from behind — 3-1 down with 20 minutes to play — to beat the Netherlands, third-place finishers at last summer’s World Cup, 4-3, on Dutch soil.

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Yes, it was “just a friendly,” but it was the kind of friendly victory that couldn’t have come at a better time — and broken a worse trend — for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side just 32 days before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Without any further ado, player ratings for the 4-3 victory over the Dutch…

GK — Brad Guzan: 6/10 — Other than having to pick the ball out of his own net three times, Guzan was just fine in goal. The saves he did make were pretty routine, with the exception of Robin van Persie’s close-range header in the 47th minute. The USMNT is in good hands with Tim Howard still out of the picture through this summer.

LB — Brek Shea: 5/10 — Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes found lots and lots of joy — too much, to be honest — down the wings in the first hour, which led to the first two Dutch goals.

source:  CB — John Brooks: 6/10 — It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That pretty much sums up Brooks’ outing, which will be remembered as much for the lesson that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar taught to him in the first half, as his surging run through midfield for his 70th-minute goal.

CB — Ventura Alvarado: 5/10 — A first half to forget, and a second half on the bench. Alvarado, 22, was subbed off at halftime after repeatedly losing track of Huntelaar — more frequently than so did Brooks, even — and spending more time chasing back toward his own goal than anything else.

RB — Timothy Chandler: 5.5/10 — As was the case with Shea, too much space and time for the talented Dutch wingers led to two easy goals in the first 60 minutes. Has Chandler developed at all since debuting for the U.S. in 2009, or has he actually regressed?

[ MORE: Three things we learned from the USA’s wild win in Amsterdam ]

CM — Kyle Beckerman: 7/10 — Protecting Michael Bradley (more on him in a second) with a true defensive midfielder is the first thing necessary to get the most out of the USMNT’s best player (Bradley), and Beckerman did just that.

CM — Alfredo Morales: 6/10 — See above: Beckerman, Kyle, only slightly less effective.

CM — Michael Bradley: 8.5/10 — On Friday, Bradley reminded us all what many have known all along — he’s the most important USMNT player by a country mile, and every lineup should be built to maximize what he does best: tireless work from end to end, driving runs through the heart of midfield and providing the second-to-final through ball from deeper midfield positions (all three on display HERE). Bradley did all of those things late on against the Dutch, and the entire team — by that point, mostly youngsters — were nigh unstoppable.

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source:  LW — Gyasi Zardes: 7/10 — 81 minutes of work, and he got a goal, but some might feel he could/should have had a second and/or third. Still, his rise from MLS benchwarmer to fighting for a Gold Cup roster spot in the span of 16 months is pretty remarkable.

CF — Aron Johannsson: 4.5/10 — To put it nicely, Johannsson had a stinker in Amsterdam. Sure, he worked hard and that’s important for a lone center forward, but the role doesn’t really suit him all that well. For all the work defensively and trying to hold the ball up against two, three and four defenders at a time, he was never really able to link up and bring anyone else into the game.

RW — Fabian Johnson: 7/10 — Johnson, naturally a left-sided player, built upon his best club season (Borussia Monchengladbach finished third in the Bundesliga and qualified for next year’s Champions League) with another strong performance. His cross for Zardes’s goal was pinpoint, while Chandler would have had an even worse game without Johnson’s defensive assistance.

[ MORE: USMNT moves up one spot in latest FIFA rankings ]

CB — Michael Orozco: 5/10 — Completely lost Huntelaar four minutes after entering the game, setting the tone for the onslaught that was the first 20 minutes of the second half. Klinsmann’s constant changing of center back partnerships isn’t doing his players any favors, either.

CM — Mix Diskerud: 5/10 — One of the earlier subs to come on, but had very little impact on the game. Hit a couple of dangerous cross-field balls, but mostly served as a defensive presser.

RW — DeAndre Yedlin: 7/10 — In his 33 minutes on the field, Yedlin completely changed the game for the USMNT, just as he did at the World Cup, constantly providing width and a running in behind the Dutch defense time and again. He remains the U.S.’s ultimate late-game weapon.

CM — Danny Williams: 6.5/10 — No noticeable drop-off when he replaced Beckerman, and he took his goal — wicked deflection and all — well in the 89th minute.

CF — Bobby Wood: 7/10 — Forget the goal — OK, just kidding — but Wood was a huge improvement over Johannsson in the 65th minute. The game was more open by that point, but Wood took what was in front of him and made the most out of his latest opportunity.

LW — Jordan Morris: 7/10 — This kid continues to have an impact, no matter the level of competition — Ireland, Mexico or the Netherlands. Such a smart player, sees and uses space so well, and provided the perfect cutting cross to Wood for the winner. We’re going to find out how he fares in a competitive game sooner than later.

Poland vs Argentina, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream, videos

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Poland and Argentina surely didn’t plan to reach the marquee match of World Cup Group C with their knockout round status in doubt, but it’s been that kind of tournament in Qatar.

Poland remains unbeaten in Qatar after beating Saudi Arabia 2-0 in Al Rayyan, adding to the point it earned from a scoreless draw with Mexico In Doha to give it top billing in the group heading into Wednesday’s match.

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Argentina, meanwhile, rebounded from a 2-1 tournament-opening loss to Saudi Arabia In Lusail to bear Mexico 2-0 behind a goal and an assist from Lionel Messi.

Saudi Arabia’s three points means it can still advance with a win over Mexico, who itself can add to its one point. So everyone’s alive in Group C.

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Here is everything you need for Poland vs Argentina.


How to watch Poland vs Argentina live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday, Nov. 30
Stadium: Stadium 974, Doha – 2pm
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

The storyline for every Argentina game this tournament from this point forward — and really since the lead-up to the Mexico match — is that any loss means the end of Lionel Messi’s World Cup career (at least according to the living legend). The Albiceleste would be thrilled to get something more out of Lautaro Martinez, while Paulo Dybala’s yet to make his tournament debut.

Robert Lewandowski finally has a World Cup goal on his resume, while Piotr Zielinski has been very good for Poland. Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was sensational in the win over Saudi Arabia.


Poland quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 26
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 8
How they qualified: Qualified from UEFA via playoffs, Path B
Coach: Czeslaw Michniewicz
Key players: Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczesny, Piotr Zielinski

Argentina quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 3
World Cup titles: 2 (1978, 1986)
World Cup appearances: 17
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONMEBOL (2nd place)
Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Key players: Lionel Messi, Angel de Maria, Lautaro Martinez

What are the group stage tiebreaker rules at the 2022 World Cup?

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The 2022 World Cup is already well underway and through the first matches of the group stage, the tournament has been marked by unpredictability and upsets, including Saudi Arabia toppling Argentina and Japan edging out Germany thanks to a late comeback. While one loss doesn’t necessarily mean these pre-tournament contenders won’t make it to the knockout rounds, it does make the path significantly harder. Read on to see the World Cup tiebreakers that may come into play in determining which teams advance to the next round and continue on the path to soccer’s greatest glory.

How many teams will advance from the World Cup group stage?

Of the 32 teams at the 2022 World Cup, only 16 will advance to the next round of the tournament. The top two teams in each of the eight groups will advance to the Round of 16. From there, the tournament will be a single-elimination competition, with eight teams making it through to the quarterfinals and four to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinal matches will play in the final, while the losers will meet in the third-place playoff.

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What are the tiebreakers for the group stage at the World Cup?

If two or more teams have an equal number of points after the conclusion of group stage matches, FIFA will use the following tiebreakers to determine which nations advance:

  • Goal differential – the team with the higher goal differential (total goals scored minus total goals allowed) will have the higher ranking
  • Number of goals scored – If multiple teams have the same number of points and equal goal differential, the team with more goals scored will be given a higher ranking than the lesser-scoring team

World Cup draw rules

If two or more teams are still “tied” after applying these tiebreakers, FIFA moves on to a second round of tiebreakers:

  • Greatest number of points obtained in group matches between the teams concerned
  • Superior goal difference resulting from the group matches between the team concerned
  • Greatest number of goals scored in all matches between the teams concerned
  • Highest team conduct score – team conduct score is based on the number of yellow and red cards a team has obtained. The team with the highest team conduct score will receive the higher ranking.
    • Yellow Card: Minus one point
    • Indirect Red Card (acquired via two yellow cards): Minus three points
    • Direct Red Card: Minus four points
    • Yellow Card and Direct Red Card: Minus five points

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World Cup yellow card rules

The “team conduct” tiebreaker or “fair play” tiebreaker was first used at the 2018 World Cup – Japan and Senegal stood equal after all other tiebreakers were applied but Senegal had more yellow cards and was subsequently eliminated. Japan advanced to the Round of 16.

World Cup 2022 schedule, start time, dates, how to watch live

  • When: November 20, 2022 to December 18, 2022
  • Group stage game kick-off times: 5am, 8am, 10am, 11am, 2pm (all ET)
  • Location: Qatar
  • TV channels en Español: Telemundo, Universo, Peacock
  • Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

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Saudi Arabia vs Mexico, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream, videos

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Mexico needs a win to have hope of reaching the World Cup knockout rounds, while Saudi Arabia’s hopes of the final 16 may require the same at Stadium 974 in Doha on Wednesday.

The Saudis stunned Argentina 2-1 In Lusail to open the tournament but could not repeat the feat against Poland at Education City in Al Rayyan on Saturday to leave themselves with three points through two matches.

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Mexico remains without a win after their scoreless draw versus Poland led to a Lionel Messi-inspired loss to Argentina In Lusail.

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Here is everything you need for Saudi Arabia vs Mexico.


How to watch Saudi Arabia vs Mexico live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2pm ET, Wednesday Nov. 30
Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
TV channels en Español: Telemundo
Streaming en Español: Peacock (all 64 matches)


Key storylines, players to watch closely

The Saudis have arguably been the most fun team at the tournament amongst non-powers, always running and getting exceptional goalkeeping. Salem Al-Dawsari was very good in both games but his missed penalty before halftime against Poland looms large of a match that could’ve been 1-1 going to the break and instead ended 2-0.

Mexico has not scored at the tournament so far, and Raul Jimenez has only been used as a super sub. Hirving Lozano and Alexis Vega combined for just three shot attempts before being subbed out of the Poland loss, while Lozano and Henry Martin combined for two versus Poland (Vega attempted five). They need better up top to keep up their streak of making Round of 16 appearances at the World Cup.


Saudi Arabia quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 51
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 5
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from AFC (Won Group B)
Coach: Herve Renard
Key players: Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammed Al-Owais

Mexico quick facts

Current FIFA world ranking: 13
World Cup titles: 0
World Cup appearances: 16
How they qualified: Qualified automatically from CONCACAF (2nd place)
Coach: Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino
Key players: Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Herrera, Raul Jimenez

Berhalter ‘proud’ of USMNT, looks ahead to Netherlands; Pulisic injury update

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USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter was a relieved man as he spoke to media after the USA beat Iran 1-0 to clinch a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup.

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After Christian Pulisic’s first half goal the U.S. held on late on as Iran create three good chances but the young American side dug deep.

They will now face the Netherlands in the last 16 on Saturday (kick off, 10am ET) and Berhalter was asked how proud he was of his side.

USA grind out win after impressive display

“Proud. First half we showed what we can do soccer wise. Second half we showed what we could do determination wise. The guys grinded. They gave every single ounce of energy. We are undefeated going into the knockout round,” Berhalter said.

He was then asked about his nerves late on as Iran almost scored in the 99th minute when Mehdi Taremi nearly got on the end of a ball into the box.

“This new injury time, counting every second, it is stressful. I think I have less hair on my head now,” Berhalter smiled. “We will take it and we will move on and we will go battle Holland.”

Christian Pulisic injury update

Pulisic, the goalscoring hero, was subbed out at half time after getting hit in the abdominal area (it looked like a nasty whack to the groin) when he scored the winning goal.

Asked about the status of the USMNT and Chelsea star, here is what Berhalter had to say.

“No update on his status but I’ve been saying all along, ‘it’s a wonderful thing when one of your best players is also one of your hardest working.’ He is certainly that. I can’t say enough positive things about Christian.”

Another update was that Pulisic was taken to the hospital after the injury and Weston McKennie said he had a message from Pulisic saying: “Best believe I’ll be ready on Saturday.”

“He was feeling some dizziness, it was a blow to his abdomen,” Berhalter said. “We FaceTimed him from the hospital and he was in good spirits.”