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USA vs. Panama player ratings


It was coming: The United States’ failure to beat Panama at Sporting Park on Monday night can hardly be surprising, considering the nature of their first two wins at this 2015 Gold Cup. Now, the business end of the tournament begins.

Here are the player ratings (out of 10) for the Panama draw:

Brad Guzan, 9 – The goalkeeper had to be terrific, and he was. His double-save in the first half was near miraculous, while a similarly stellar second half stop preserved a point. Guzan has been the US’ best defender thus far by a big margin.

Timothy Chandler, 3 – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Chandler lacked awareness in all areas of the game, gave the ball away, got booked, and still appears to be the locked-in starter at his position.

Ventura Alvarado, 4 – The defender most at fault for the Panama goal, he took a major risk by striking Perez (though who doesn’t want to do that?) early in the second half. Alvarado just isn’t one of the two best center-backs this country has right now.

John Brooks, 5 – It’s a mixed bag with Brooks. He’s capable of plenty of good stuff, but his failure to track Perez on the goal rankles – as does his propensity for needing a half to get into the game. An early yellow means Brooks is suspended for the quarterfinal.

Fabian Johnson, 7 – Johnson’s influence grew over the course of the game in another strong outing for one of the US’ best players.

Kyle Beckerman, 5 – Not great from Beckerman, who was too sloppy with the ball in the type of frantic game that he often plays his best in. Still, without Jermaine Jones, he’s Klinsmann’s best choice to play the #6.

Alfredo Morales, 5 – Didn’t do anything particularly poorly, but didn’t see much action and was yanked at halftime when the US got serious about the game.

Alejandro Bedoya, 7 – It was a superb return to the starting lineup for Bedoya, who was bright all night and got the assist on the game-tying goal.

Michael Bradley, 7 – Isn’t dominating these games just yet, but Bradley is this team’s clear leader: Strong, tough, and heady. His runs all night were a tribute to that latter trait, and he was rewarded with his first goal of the tournament.

Gyasi Zardes, 6 – Didn’t see a ton of the ball in the first half, but contributed on the goal and continues to establish himself as an important part of this Gold Cup squad.

Chris Wondolowski, 7 – Only got 45 minutes, but showed remarkable creativity when play did come his way – especially on his lofted ball to Bedoya. At this point in his career, Wondo is a better playmaker than out-and-out forward.


DeAndre Yedlin, 5 – He was fast, sure, but little else. Yedlin will improve with time and game sharpness, something he should see on loan somewhere this year.

Clint Dempsey, 7 – The US has no one as dangerous offensively as him, and his touch in the buildup to Bradley’s goal was ingenious.

Aron Johannsson, 5 – Made no real impact as a late sub.



Jaime Penado, 6 – The most notable part of Penado’s night was Eric Wynalda mispronouncing his name Peñado on FOX Sports 1’s pregame show.

Armando Cooper, 6 – Looked like he belonged in the frenetic pace this one was played at, making several adept interventions as the US strode forward.

Roman Torres, 5 – Hurt by a little bit of tactical indiscipline, but was good physically and rarely beaten for pace – with the exception of the Bedoya penalty shout in the first half.

Harold Cummings, 7 – The better of the Panama center-backs, Cummings was strong and mostly shut down the center of the field for the US to attack in.

Erick Davis, 6 – Like his opposite full-back, Davis was solid in every facet of the game without making a major impact.

Valentin Pimentel, 5 – It’s never great when you start the game, but not the second half. In a similar situation as Morales on the US side.

Gabriel Gomez, 5 – Pretty mediocre. Wasn’t terrible, but didn’t impact the game as much as he should have from his position.

Anibal Goody, 7 – Perhaps Panama’s most dangerous midfield player, crossed the ball better than anyone in the game on either side.

Alberto Quintero, 4 – Didn’t apply much defensive pressure, which was the most notable aspect of an outing that was hardly memorable.

Blas Perez, 8 – Typical Perez: He sparred with both center-backs, was involved in controversy, was dangerous all night, and, of course, scored the goal. There are few better villains in MLS or CONCACAF.

Luis Tejada, 7 – Absolutely terrific assist on Perez’s goal, turning Alvarado into a ragdoll. Didn’t do much else, but Panama didn’t have a ton of action in the final third.


Miguel Camargo, 6 – Came out with plenty of fire in the second half, had Panama’s best chances after the break.

Roberto Nurse, 7 – Also looked bright, and almost had a game-winning assist.

Abdiel Arroyo, 5 – Didn’t do much after his late inclusion in the match.


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  1. Stand Down

    July 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    From what I could stand to watch, the lineup without Dempsey last night was garbage…and the defense was week-old, steaming hot garbage. Why isn’t Tim Ream getting playing time? Dude has done well for Bolton (who could probably use him in their preseason now), and he can’t be any worse than what’s out there now.
    I also don’t know why they didn’t bring Danny Williams along. At least he plays with some fire. Beckerman would’ve gotten a minus 3 from me..he was terrible…

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