USA player ratings v Panama: Guzan and Bedoya prove the standouts

Jurgen Klinsmann USA

Captain Michael Bradley's second-half strike earned Jurgen Klinsmann's side a 1-1 draw in Monday night's final Gold Cup group game.

Brad Guzan 9/10 – Outstanding on the night, with the main highlight being a spectacular first-half double-save. Could do little about Blas Perez’s 34th-minute goal and came up with a big diving stop towards the end to keep his side level.

Timothy Chandler 4/10 – Another difficult outing for the Eintracht Frankfurt right-back, who struggled in defence as Panama targeted him down the right throughout the match. Improved after the break but it was a not a good night overall.

Ventura Alvarado 5.5/10 – Defensive errors littered his first-half performance but something seemed to click at half-time, as the Club America man proved almost flawless over the remaining 45 minutes.

John Brooks 6/10 – Culpable for Panama’s opener but, like Alvarado, put in a much improved performance after the interval, producing a number of crucial clearances to limit the opposition to one goal.

Fabian Johnson 7/10 – A quiet night compared to usual but made no glaring errors and looked to push forward whenever possible.

Kyle Beckerman 5/10 – An uncharacteristic performance from the dreadlocked veteran, who was pulled out of position on Panama’s goal and committed a number of poor turnovers over the course of the match.

Alejandro Bedoya 7.5/10 – An excellent return to the line-up for the fit-again midfielder, as he was at the centre of most of the USA’s best work. To cap it off, he came up with a great assist for the equaliser.

Alfredo Morales 5/10 – Not awful but again underwhelmed before being hauled off at the break. Still to prove he deserves a place in the squad, let alone the starting XI, at this point.

Michael Bradley 7/10 – Worked his socks off all night and was rewarded for his hard work by finishing off the 55th-minute equaliser after connecting with Bedoya’s ball across the box.

Chris Wondolowski 6/10 – Showed some bright moments but failed to see much of the ball before being substituted at half-time.

Gyasi Zardes 5/10 – Given the chance to start in his favoured role up top but flattered to deceive for the most part. His time will come but still remains far from the finished article.


Clint Dempsey (Wondolowski 46) 7/10 – Showed his class after coming on and got involved in the equaliser with a neat moment of skill.

DeAndre Yedlin (Morales 46) 6/10 – Worked hard during his 45-minute run-out but his impact on the ball was minor.

Aron Johannsson (Bedoya 71) 6/10 – Was gunning for the winner but did not see enough chances to make it happen.

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