USA vs. Colombia player ratings from Copa America Centenario opening game

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Here are the player ratings from Colombia’s 2-0 victory over the United States to open the Copa America Centenario.

USA Men’s National Team

Brad Guzan, 4: The Aston Villa goalkeeper didn’t have much of a chance on the two goals, but looked slow coming off his line as Carlos Bacca raced clear and hit the bar late.

Fabian Johnson, 4: Constrained by his deployment as a fullback, Johnson was fine defensively, but made no impact going forward.

Geoff Cameron, 5: Cameron played a very solid game, but his loss of concentration on the corner that resulted in Cristian Zapata’s goal was extremely costly.

John Brooks, 7: Brooks played well, and he played well with a little vinegar. His was one of the few good performances.

DeAndre Yedlin, 4: Played fast, but not especially sharp. The penalty was unlucky, but unquestionably the right call.

Michael Bradley, 2: It was an atrocious effort from the US captain – reminiscent of his struggles at the 2014 World Cup. Bradley was ponderous in midfield all night, and it was his giveaway that led to the penalty and second goal.

Jermaine Jones, 3: Jones didn’t look like himself. He was frequently a step slow on both sides of the ball in midfield, and had trouble finding the game, which was a far cry from his recent MLS displays with Colorado.

Alejandro Bedoya, 5: Bedoya was active against his parents’ country, but was never going to be the man to unlock the Colombian defense.

Bobby Wood, 4: Wood didn’t have his best stuff, and, seeing as he was played out of position, that’s not incredibly surprising.

Gyasi Zardes, 4: Much the same story as Wood. Zardes needs to be moved central, and he needs to clean up his first touch.

Clint Dempsey, 7: You can blame him for selfishness, but Dempsey was the US’ only credible attacking threat. He was unlucky not to score, and remains an integral part of this team.

Substitutes

Christian Pulisic, 5: Klinsmann waited a long time to play his trump cards, and as a result, Pulisic had neither the time nor the opportunity to make a real impact. Looked good on the ball, though.

Darlington Nagbe, 4: It wasn’t Nagbe’s best night. He never really found the game, and when he did get the ball, Colombia had plenty of bodies around him.

Graham Zusi, 4: Came on very late, and apart from a poor corner delivery, did nothing of note.

 

Colombia

David Ospina, 8: The Arsenal goalkeeper was terrific. Made an excellent save on Dempsey’s free kick, but his command of the Colombian penalty area was vital in negating the US’ supposed set-piece advantage.

Santiago Arias, 6: The fullback was busy all night, making a number of forays forward and holding down his defensive flank.

Cristian Zapata, 8: It was a banner night for the Milan center-back, whose first ever international goal was taken with the confidence of an accomplished center forward.

Jeison Murillo, 6: Did a solid job opposite Zapata, scrambling with Dempsey and locking down the US over the top.

Farid Diaz, 5: Mostly nondescript night for the fullback, who didn’t, in all honesty, have much defending to do from his wing position.

Sebastian Perez, 5: Did a decent job pressuring Bradley and moving the ball. Colombia may have lost the midfield battle possession wise, but they certainly won the war.

Daniel Torres, 6: Doesn’t have the talent of many of his Colombian peers, but worked well enough with Perez.

Juan Cuadrado, 8: Excellent night from on-loan Juventus winger, who looked energized, and sharp. This could be a big tournament for him.

James Rodriguez, 9: Oozed class from the word go. Took a tremendous penalty, never gave the ball away, and was a superb outlet for Colombia on the wing. His health is paramount to their chances.

Edwin Cardona, 8: Had a very bright game and was, statistically at the very least, Colombia’s most effective attacking player. Could be a breakout star.

Carlos Bacca, 6: Involved infrequently, but very dangerous – and easily could have scored late on when his shot rang off the bar.

Substitutes

Guillermo Celis, 5: Replaced James due either to precaution or something more serious, and did his job in the closing stages.

Carlos Sanchez, 5: Came on late, and will be looking for an increased role in the games to come.

Dayro Moreno, 5: Got on the field for stoppage time only in Bacca’s place.

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  1. danabrignola5 June 4, 2016

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