The United States took one point in World Cup qualifying tonight, settling for a 0-0 draw against Trinidad & Tobago.
While the Soca Warriors are much better competition than the St. Vincent and the Grenadines team that the Americans demolished earlier this week, the U.S. didn’t exactly step up their level of play.
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A draw was a deserved result and in the grand scheme of things the point is all that matters, but there’s still some room for improvement from Klinsmann’s men. Here’s how the team fared in Port of Spain.
Tim Howard — GK — 6/10: Howard didn’t see much action tonight. He should still be the outright number-one.
Tim Ream — LB — 4/10: Ream had his troubles marking the speedy Joevin Jones. Would be more comfortable playing his natural center-back role.
Geoff Cameron — CB — 7/10: The partnership of Cameron and Besler in the center of defense continues to get better. One of the more positive showings from the match.
Matt Besler — CB — 7/10: See Cameron, Geoff.
Michael Orozco — RB — 6/10: Not a bad night defensively for Orozco, but he lacks the skill on the attack someone like DeAndre Yedlin would bring.
Fabian Johnson — LM — 6/10: Johnson looked better in his preferred midfield role, but slid back into the defense later in the match. It looks like there are no problems between player and manager, which is good news for everyone.
Jermaine Jones — CM — 5/10: Jones couldn’t train over the weekend with a bad hamstring but still put in a decent performance. Still not sure what role suits him best in the center of the midfield, and it looks like his days with national team could be winding down.
Michael Bradley — CM — 6/10: Nothing to write home about for the captain. Luckily for Bradley, even when he isn’t at his best, he doesn’t hurt the team either.
DeAndre Yedlin — RM — 5/10: Yedlin’s speed is ridiculous, and he showed flashes of that pace tonight. However, still needs to grow on the ball and remember his defensive duties first.
Gyasi Zardes — FW — 3/10: Tough day at the office for Zardes. Definitely should have scored early in the second half, and couldn’t seem to hit the ball straight. He’ll have to improve to keep his starting spot.
Jozy Altidore — FW — 6/10: After a string of poor performances for the side, Jozy has started to pick up his pace. When the team got forward, Altidore got involved.
Darlington Nagbe — LM — 7/10: Nagbe was a second half replacement for Tim Ream, with the intent of adding some more offense. In just his second cap for the national team, Nagbe was solid. He could be a major player once he gets more comfortable.
Bobby Wood — FW — 6/10: Wood came on as a late substitute and didn’t see much of the ball, but with Gyasi Zardes’ poor performance, he will likely get another shot in the starting XI.
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