United States 0, Canada 0: Player Ratings

The United States and Canada played to a dull 0-0 draw as the US’ final tune-up before World Cup qualifying resumes next week. The first half was slow developing as Canada defended deep and the US did not move the ball fast enough as they generated a couple of half chances. The second half saw little improvement where the US injected pace, but still created few chances with Brad Davis coming the closest.

Looking forward to World Cup qualifying, there was little to be ecstatic about. Outside of Omar Gonzalez, Graham Zusi, and maybe Eddie Johnson, it is hard to envision any of these players starting for the US. However, there are a number of players who showed enough as change of pace players for possible substitutes.

Here are the player ratings.

Sean Johnson–6.5
He made a big save early, but otherwise he did not have anything to do.

Tony Beltran–4
He got caught pinching in too much on an early chance for Dwayne DeRosario, and he added very little to attack before being subbed in the first half.

Matt Besler–6
He was calm and composed in the defense. He also made a nice cross field pace and had good distribution.

Omar Gonzalez–6
He may have earned himself a starting spot as he was composed defending, although he was not tested. His experience could be a question, but his aerial dominance was impressive.

Justin Morrow–5.5
He was solid defending, but was not dynamic in terms of joining the attack.

Graham Zusi–5
As one of the more experienced players, he was a bit disappointing. He seemed too slow on the ball early, and his flicks and quick touches didn’t connect with other players.

Kyle Beckerman–6.5
He protected the backline well and while not the most inventive and creative with his passing, he did well to keep possession. He remains a reliable option in central midfield, but did not move up the pecking order.

Brad Evans–
He was similar to Beckerman with safe passes in the first half. He showed his versatility moving to right back in the second half and showed the most impetus to attack among the full backs.

Brad Davis–5.5
He didn’t get many chances to swing the ball in with his left foot, but connected well and did have one shot which he pulled wide.

Eddie Johnson–5.5
His movement was a bit better, but he never connected with others. He showed comfort on the wings running at defenders.

Chris Wondolowski–5
He was active, but his inability to put the ball in the net has to be worrisome. With Gomez and Altidore likely coming for the Honduras game, he may find it hard to get chances.

Substitutes:
Josh Gatt–5.5
His speed was a certain threat and he had one great breakaway. Like most of the US chances though, his cross was poor.

Benny Feilhaber–5
He got more involved as time wore on, but was still not particularly effective.

Juan Agudelo–6
He was bright coming off the bench, using his speed to cause problems. He had a couple headers that he was not able to direct on target.

Alejandro Bedoya–5.5
He seemed rusty, but did send in one dangerous cross.

Will Bruin–4
He barely touched the ball in his debut.

Alfredo Morales–4.5
He protected the back line sufficiently, but overhit a number of long balls.

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