USA player ratings v Guatemala: Howard, Yedlin and others struggle in shock defeat

Tim Howard USA

Friday night's World Cup qualifier in Guatemala City saw Jurgen Klinsmann's side beaten 2-0 by their CONCACAF counterparts.

Tim Howard 5/10 – The soon-to-depart Everton goalkeeper had just one save to make on the night but could have done better on both goals. He was slow to react on the first and got his angles all wrong on the second.

Geoff Cameron 6.5/10 – The Stoke City man proved the USA’s best attacking player at times when at right-back and helped tighten up the defence once he moved central.

Omar Gonzalez 4/10 – Completely beaten down the middle by Carlos Ruiz for Guatemala’s second goal and continued to look vulnerable until going off for Altidore with 25 minutes left. A game he’ll want to forget.

Michael Orozco 4.5/10 – Just as culpable as his centre-back partner for Ruiz’s strike and wasted possession time and time again with hopeless long balls.

Edgar Castillo 5.5/10 – Relatively solid defensively but failed to offer anything positive going forward. It could be a short-lived recall if he doesn’t impress in Columbus next week.

DeAndre Yedlin 5/10 – Starting on the wing, the Tottenham Hotspur-owned Sunderland defender created one decent chance in the second half but was otherwise a non-factor on the attacking end. Moved to right-back for the final half-hour.

Michael Bradley 5/10 – Uncharacteristically quiet for most of the game and really struggled with his distribution when on the ball. His worst performance for the US in some time.

Mix Diskerud 4/10 – Pulled at the interval after a grim first half, but he should never have been used as a defensive midfielder in the first place.

Alejandro Bedoya 6/10 – Worked hard on both sides of the ball but without much to show for it. Still, compared to most of his teammates, he didn’t do a lot wrong.

Clint Dempsey 6/10 – Had some bright moments but flattered to deceive for the most part. Wasted a great chance in the 56th-minute when he fired his shot straight at the keeper.

Bobby Wood 6/10 – Gave Guatemala some problems with his tireless running but suffered from a lack of service and failed to get a shot off over the 90 minutes.

SUBSTITUTES

Darlington Nagbe (Diskerud 46) 6/10 – Started well with a couple of nice balls but failed to build from there as the second half progressed.

Gyasi Zardes (Orozco 59) 6/10 – Threatened with his pace at times but would have been better used up top rather than on the right wing.

Jozy Altidore (Gonzalez 66) 6/10 – Forced a good save out of Paulo Motta nine minutes from time but did little else during his time on the pitch.

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