USA player ratings v Ecuador: Darlington Nagbe stars, DeAndre Yedlin impresses again

Soccer: International Friendly Soccer-Equador at USA

Jurgen Klinsmann's team continued their preparations for the Copa America Centenario with a 1-0 friendly win over the South American side in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday night.

Soccer: International Friendly Soccer-Equador at USA

Brad Guzan 6.5/10 – Only forced into one save but made a couple of key plays off his line during the opening 45 minutes. The clean sheet will give him a much needed boost of confidence following another difficult season at Aston Villa.

DeAndre Yedlin 7.5/10 – Impressed defensively against Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero and had some good moments going forward, including when he helped create Nagbe's winner with a lofted cross into the box. Another encouraging performance after starring in the weekend's clash with Puerto Rico.

Steve Birnbaum 6.5/10 – Had a few shaky moments early on but eventually settled down to keep West Ham United striker Enner Valencia in check as the game progressed.

John Brooks 7/10 – Solidified his place in the starting line-up over Besler with a confident performance, handling whatever Ecuador threw at him with relative ease.

Fabian Johnson 5.5/10 – Defended well but struggled to make his impact felt in the attacking third. Fans will be hoping for much more once the Copa America kicks off.

Soccer: International Friendly Soccer-Equador at USA

Kyle Beckerman 5/10 – Made a handful of well-timed interventions but didn’t have the legs to stops Ecuador running the midfield. Telling that the US looked much more fluid following his half-time withdrawal.

Michael Bradley 6/10 – Quiet before the break but was much improved over the second period after being moved back into a deeper role with the half-time changes.

Jermaine Jones 5.5/10 – Underwhelming compared to his recent star showings for the Colorado Rapids but looked better in the second half alongside Nagbe before being withdrawn just after the hour.

Graham Zusi 6/10 – Far from spectacular but put in a shift and had a couple of bright moments in the final third. Whether it will be enough to earn him a starting spot at the Copa America remains to be seen, though.

Soccer: International Friendly Soccer-Equador at USA

Gyasi Zardes 4.5/10 – Worked hard but his 45-minute outing was filled with poor touches and bad decision-making. He can’t afford to let these things keep holding him back.

Clint Dempsey 5/10 – Suffered from a lack of service but perhaps should have done better with a second-half shot that was blocked. Went off for Pulisic soon after.

SUBSTITUTES

Darlington Nagbe (Beckerman 46) 8/10 – Helped change the game with his speed and quick-thinking in midfield, while also completing all 26 of his passes. In the right place at the right time during the close stages to slot home the winner.

Bobby Wood (Zardes 46) 7/10 – Gave Ecuador’s defence some problems with his tireless running and set up Nagbe’s winner with a knock down header in the box.

Alejandro Bedoya (Jones 64) 6/10 – Wasn’t able to get into the game during the last 26 minutes.

Christian Pulisic (Dempsey 64) 6.5/10 – The 17-year-old Borussia Dortmund playmaker certainly didn’t look out of place on his second senior appearance for the US, showing some good touches and intelligent movement around the opposition area.

Matt Besler (Brooks 78) 6/10 – Not asked to do much during the last 12 minutes.

Michael Orozco (Zusi 87) N/A – Just a late cameo.

Soccer: International Friendly Soccer-Equador at USA

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