USA player ratings v Mexico: DeAndre Yedlin and Michael Bradley earn high marks

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Jurgen Klinsmann's side downed arch rivals Mexico 2-0 in San Antonio thanks to second-half goals from Jordan Morris and substitute Juan Agudelo.

Nick Rimando 6/10 – Didn’t have much to do in the opening 45 minutes, making one save before going off for Yarbrough.

DeAndre Yedlin 8/10 – The Tottenham Hotspur speedster impressed in attack, as usual, but it was his defensive work which was the main talking point. Over the course of the 90 minutes, he made four tackles, seven clearances, three interceptions and blocked a shot.

Omar Gonzalez 7/10 – Was caught out a couple of times on the break but used his imposing size to dominate in the air, making a host of clearances in anchoring the backline.

Ventura Alvarado 6.5/10 – Making his first US start, the Club America defender had a few issues in the first-half, including an errant back pass that gifted Mexico a corner kick, but he improved after the break to help his side record a much-deserved clean sheet.

Greg Garza 6/10 – Solid enough in his 45-minute outing, looking good on both sides of the ball before exiting for Shea at half-time. Klinsmann will want to see more from him going forward, though.

Kyle Beckerman 6.5/10 – Not his best game distribution-wise, due to a few poor turnovers, but showed his worth in protecting the back-four with some crucial tackles before going off injured just after the hour.

Mix Diskerud 7.5/10 – Used on the right-hand side of the midfield diamond, Diskerud’s attacking performance proved one of the highlights of the night for Klinsmann’s men, while it was also notable how strong he looked in the tackle. More proof that he’s not just a number 10.

Joe Corona 5/10 – Appeared a bit lost during the opening stages and offered few memorable moments before being pulled at the break. With competition growing for midfield places, he has a lot of work to do to keep himself in Klinsmann’s plans.

Michael Bradley 8/10 – The stand-in skipper put in another talismanic shift, as he had a role in both US goals, setting up Agudelo’s 72nd-minute strike with a superb long ball. The debate still rages on over his best position but he had few problems at the tip of the diamond on this occasion.

Gyasi Zardes 6/10 – A lot of room for improvement on his fourth consecutive start but the promise is there, as his intelligent movement kept the Mexico defence on its toes throughout.

Jordan Morris 7/10 – A surprise pick in the Klinsmann’s starting XI, the college kid justified his selection with his first US goal four minutes after the break and also impressed with his speed and strength up top.

SUBSTITUTES

William Yarbrough (Rimando 46) 6/10 – Distribution wasn’t quite up to scratch but looked comfortable in between the sticks after getting the nod over Bill Hamid to come into the match.

Miguel Ibarra (Corona 46) 6/10 – An improvement over Corona but, like his fellow midfielder, will need to offer more of an end product to keep himself in the national team picture going forward.

Brek Shea (Garza 46) 6/10 – Not spectacular but put in a couple of dangerous crosses during his latest left-back outing. The position switch continues to prove promising.

Perry Kitchen (Beckerman 63) 6.5/10 – Didn’t look at all out of place in replacing Beckerman, making some crunching tackles and even firing off a couple of audacious attempts on goal.

Juan Agudelo (Morris 65) 7/10 – Made his impact felt on his return to the US fold, scoring his first international goal since 2011 with a sublime first touch and shot from the edge of the box.

Brad Evans (Diskerud 81) 6/10 – Brought on for Diskerud in an attempt to shore things up late on.

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