USA player ratings v Argentina: How Guzan, Yedlin and others fared in disappointing defeat

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Argentina at USA

A Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina saw off Jurgen Klinsmann's side 4-0 in their Copa America Centenario semi-final in Houston.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Argentina at USA

Brad Guzan 5/10 – The Aston Villa keeper was too slow to react for Ezequiel Lavezzi’s third-minute opener but made some smart saves over the rest of the match to keep the scoreline from looking worse.

DeAndre Yedlin 6/10 – The Tottenham Hotspur right-back looked like the USA’s best attacking outlet at times and gave them their biggest highlight in the second half when he came out of nowhere to outpace Messi for a loose ball.

Geoff Cameron 5.5/10 – The Stoke City defender did his best to try to limit the damage but looked largely overwhelmed throughout. Switched into central midfielder for the final half-hour.

John Brooks 5/10 – After earning rave reviews for his performances through the USA’s first four games, the 6ft 4in centre-back had a more challenging time against Messi and co. He went to sleep on Gonzalo Higuain’s first goal, letting the Napoli forward slip past him to make it 3-0, and committed some careless turnovers.

Fabian Johnson 4/10 – Lost Lavezzi on the striker’s opener and offered next to nothing going forward. Has been a huge disappointment throughout the tournament.

Gyasi Zardes 6/10 – The LA Galaxy attacker was full of running and looked like the only US player capable of producing something promising in the first half. He did fade after the break, though.

Kyle Beckerman 3.5/10 – The 34-year-old midfielder misplaced far too many easy passes and struggled to keep up with the pace off the game before going off with 30 minutes left.

Michael Bradley 3/10 – Horrendously wasteful in possession and completely overrun in the centre of the park. Hard to remember him ever being so poor in a US shirt.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Argentina at USA

Graham Zusi 4.5/10 – Offered energy but little else, looking largely out of his depth for most of the match.

Clint Dempsey 5/10 – Constantly forced to drop deep after being left completely isolated up top.

Chris Wondolowski 3/10 – A controversial selection, the veteran striker proved a complete nonfactor on the attacking end and committed the foul that teed up Messi to make it 2-0 with a superb free-kick just after the half-hour mark.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Argentina at USA


Christian Pulisic (Wondolowski 46) 5/10 – Failed to settle into the game following his half-time introduction.

Steve Birnbaum (Beckerman 60) 5/10 – Gifted Argentina their fourth goal with a terrible turnover.

Darlington Nagbe (Dempsey 78) 6/10 – Brought on too late to make an impact.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Argentina at USA

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