USA player ratings v Costa Rica: Ream impresses while Altidore flops

Jozy Altidore

A 70th-minute goal from Arsenal striker Joel Campbell saw Jurgen Klinsmann's men fall to a 1-0 friendly defeat at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday night.

Tim Howard 6.5/10 – Making his first appearance for the States since the 2014 World Cup, the Everton veteran made one big save to keep out Marco Urena in stoppage-time but didn’t have much chance on the earlier goal.

Brad Evans 7/10 – Linked up well with former Sounders teammate Yedlin on a few occasions and came up with a couple of goal-line blocks to keep the score from looking worse.

Geoff Cameron 6.5/10 – Showed his Premier League talent with another accomplished performance in the heart of the defence.

Michael Orozco 4/10 – Had far too many shaky moments and was completely out of position on Campbell’s goal. There are better centre-back options out there who deserve a chance before him.

Tim Ream 7.5/10 – Not flashy going forward but was extremely solid in defence and almost headed in a Shea set-piece during the first half. Without doubt deserves to start next month’s first two World Cup qualifiers, whether at left-back or in the centre.

DeAndre Yedlin 5.5/10 – Always eager to attack but the end product simply wasn’t there on this occasion. Whether the Tottenham Hotspur loanee can improve that face of his game during his season-long loan at Sunderland remains to be seen.

Danny Williams 4.5/10 – Gave away possession far too cheaply throughout the night. If he wants to be the team’s first-choice holding midfielder, he’s going to have to perform much better than that.

Jermaine Jones 6/10 – Looked much better back in a central role after being shafted out wide against Mexico on the weekend.

Brek Shea 5.5/10 – Produced some very nice set-pieces but was defensively all over the pace.

Gyasi Zardes 6.5/10 – The LA Galaxy ace brought some much-needed energy to the forward line and, while he made a few mistakes in possession, there were enough flashes of class to give fans reason to be optimistic about the future.

Jozy Altidore 3/10 – Started as captain but was more of a hindrance than a help before going off at the break. It’s getting harder and harder to make excuses for him at this point.

SUBSTITUTES

Ventura Alvarado (Cameron 46) 5/10 – Simply doesn’t look ready for the national team but fans and the media alike have known that for months now.

Mix Diskerud (Jones 46) 5/10 – Struggled to get into the game but was often having to drop deep to contain Costa Rica. You’d like to see what he could do if he was given another chance in a No. 10 role.

Bobby Wood (Altidore 46) 7/10 – A significant upgrade over Altidore thanks to his pace and movement. Who’d have thought that would be the case six months ago?

Jonathan Spector (Ream 64) 6/10 – Did a solid, if unspectacular, job at left-back.

Lee Nguyen (Shea 72) 6/10 – Added some creativity in the final stages with his playmaking instincts but nothing spectacular.

Andrew Wooten (Zardes 72) 6/10 – Couldn’t make much of an impact in his 18-minute debut.

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