Player ratings reverted to old form after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in Panama City, though fortunately one of the other U.S. tropes is dead.
That’s because “Christian Pulisic is the future” can officially be moved into “Christian Pulisic is the present”.
The Borussia Dortmund teenager again manufactured the United States’ best moment, feeding Clint Dempsey for the Yanks’ lone goal.
Tim Howard — 7 — Don’t know what he’s supposed to do on the goal, but his jewels save to deny Luis Tejada could be a World Cup saver.
Jorge Villafana — 4 — One of the many star men from the win over Honduras was too adventurous and less composed. Bad combo.
Omar Gonzalez — 4 — I say this in a way that ignores Timmy Chandler’s fine work in the Bundesliga: Is Gonzalez going to be Bruce Arena’s Chandler? Hopefully this is the last time he has to start.
Tim Ream — 5 — Had a bad time on the goal, and made several bad plays. But it’s hard to get a read on the Fulham’s man night because he bailed out Gonzalez and Villafana on a number of occasions.
Graham Zusi — 5 — Gets bumped up a point for handling a very difficult situation, still adapting to right back in a match where Panama’s tactics were to attack his side. A better second half than the first.
Michael Bradley — 6 — Nothing exceptional from the captain, but still an upgrade from his form under Jurgen Klinsmann. A little too deep in the formation on the evening, but that could’ve been the plan?
Jermaine Jones (Off 75′) — 5 — Ornery as usual, his only successes came in standing up for his oft-fouled midfield mates.
Darlington Nagbe (Off 68′) — 6 — This game looked set up for him to pick the ball up from Michael Bradley and dance into the midfield, but he only got a few chances as Panama’s tactics were aimed at fouling the Yanks’ two best dribblers in him and Pulisic.
Christian Pulisic — 9 — A simply incredible bit of work to work two veteran defenders and assist Dempsey’s goal. Failing an unforeseen dip in company, Pulisic is going to be one of the most important players in American men’s history.
Clint Dempsey — 6 — Scored the goal that earned the point, but otherwise fought to be a part of the match. That’s the sign of a legend, though, still finding a way to make himself matter on a poor evening.
Jozy Altidore — 5 — Might’ve had a dozen touches in the game. Part of this was down to the U.S. aiming balls at his head and not his feet, but not his day.
Alejandro Bedoya (On 68′) — 6 — Dogged work rate from the Union man.
Kellyn Acosta (On 75′) — 6 — Some creativity on display in limited time
Paul Arriola (On 83′) — N/A —