The United States men’s national team didn’t get a strong performance from an unusual lineup in a 1-1 draw with visiting New Zealand on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t some stars on show, including a bright debut from Lynden Gooch and a third international goal for Bayern Munich youngster Julian Green.
Let’s rate ’em. Looking forward to the comments section!
William Yarbrough (Off HT) — 5 — Cleaned up some messes, but created a few of his own as well.
Kellyn Acosta (Off 59′) — 6 — The FC Dallas midfielder looked more comfortable at left back this go-round.
Omar Gonzalez — 7 — Made amends for several errors by teammates.
Matt Besler — 5 — Not a great night for Sporting KC’s center back.
Michael Orozco — 5 — Not quite sure why he’s still here, though Orozco produced a little bit in advanced positions.
Perry Kitchen (Off 64′) — 5 — Too many dicey moments for a man playing a position which requires stability and consistency.
Michael Bradley — 6 — A solid if unspectacular night from the captain.
Sacha Kljestan — 6 — A mixed bag for the RBNY star, as Kljestan did a lot of lively and clever work with the ball while also given the ball away a bit.
Julian Green (Off 78′) — 7 — At 21, his maturity is apparent. Still a lot of work to do, but a goal in his second-straight game hurts nothing.
Jozy Altidore (Off 88′) — 5 — Started well and had his moments, but might’ve not been quite ‘up’ for the friendly.
David Bingham — 5 — Would like to see better on the goal, though it came through traffic at close range.
Lynden Gooch (On 59′) — 8 — An exciting performance, but it’s going to be hard to find a place in a loaded wing corps. Did he do it? His crosses were excellent.
Danny Williams (On 64) — 6 — Didn’t notice him much until his sterling late run towards goal, and the Yanks did not control the play during his time on the pitch.
Juan Agudelo (On 78′) — N/A
Terrence Boyd (On 88′) — N/A