It was a disastrous performance by the US where they were just sloppy giving up two simple goals and needed just a bit more clinical finishing to finish the few chances they created. The US first conceded from a corner kick where Mix Diskerud was outmuscled for a header that deflected off him into the net. The second goal was even worse as a goal kick was allowed to bounce beyond the defense where Carlos Ruiz simply gathered the ball and ran in and finished past Horward. The US generated a fair number of chances with Alejandro Bedoya being blocked twice, Dempsey and Altidore missing clear one on one chances with the goalie.
The performance feels a bit unlucky, but it leaves the US almost no margin for error as anything other than a win on Tuesday will leave them in a bad spot heading into the last two rounds of qualifying. Here are my player ratings.
He was not at fault on either goal, and didn’t have much to do during the game.
One of the steadier performances and best distributor out of the back.
The second goal was abysmal defending and letting a goal kick bounce like that was just sloppy.
Similar to Gonazlaez in his poor defending on the second goal and was disappointing in terms of his distribution
He wasn’t as clearly at fault as the central defenders for the goal, but he added nothing in attack.
He started off strongly, but was quiet after a good start. His crossing attempts were poor.
He didn’t push anything to happen and he was beaten for the first goal on the corner and lost another header dual in the lead up for the second.
He was tidy, but didn’t have the ability to really get attackers in good positions and had to settle for mostly safe passes.
He actually made some great runs and had two great chances, but unfortunately both shots were right at the goalie who saved both.
The best setups in the game were all his: he set up Bedoya’s first chance with a chip, had one of his own shots saved, and setup Altidore for his late chance. However, he didn’t seem to have the legs to really press the Guatemalans, which the US needed to do in order to push the tempo.
He was active up front and made good runs and worked hard, but didn’t seem to form any real connection with Dempsey.
He was able to drive into attack and created a nice chance for Dempsey and setup one of Bedoya’s as well.
He never really got going. He had one great chance but he had a poor touch and was offside.
He didn’t get many chances, but he had one great chance that forced a great foot save, but never really got into a flow.