There’s nothing like the US and Mexico when there’s something on the line. It can bring out the best (and worst) players and coaches involved. We saw that A huge 3-2 win for the US on Sunday in many ways.
1) McKennie, Reyna and Pulisic are finally in charge of: Along with Tyler Adams, they are the best players on the U.S. team and it was this final that finally put the stamp on this team. McKennie had the best game, Pulisic made the biggest play (as captain), and Reyna was the most notable improvement in all three games at camp. The USMNT, which is progressing in good times and bad, has played in the World Cup for just over a year.
2) The US has found a recipe for success: In the case of national teams, it is not real to expect teams that meet quarterly to play football in attack and attack. Being an international player is often a success at the international level, making great plays and making as few mistakes as possible, with the utmost effort. The U.S. did all of these things overnight in Mexico. It always helps when you are dominating almost every fixed piece.
3) Mexico needs a striker (and some younger players): It is clear that if Mexico had a real point of reference in the attack who would (a) occupy defenders and (b) give them opportunities to pass and (c) make openings in the race, world attacking talent (Chucky Lozano, Tecatito Corona and Diego Lainez) would be much more effective. might. Henry Martin and nine nine are not the answer.
They must also imitate the US and change the generational change in key positions when the World Cup is predicted: Hector Moreno (33), Hector Herrera (31) and Andres Guardado (34) were no longer former players. We would probably see it happen in Nations League matches if an Olympic (under-23) camp doesn’t happen at the same time.
Player ratings: USA vs. Mexico
Zack Steffen: 6
Before he left the field with a knee injury, he made exception keys. He didn’t do much to score a Mexican goal.
Sergino Dest: 4.5
He was never able to get into the game, let alone leave a mark. A very strange performance for him. No wonder it has dropped to the hour mark.
Tim Ream: 5.5
He was head over heels to start a game in the back left center (and later on the left) to name a match against a trio of Mexico’s fastest attackers. His lack of speed was revealed in several plays. Despite the challenges, he generally remained composed for the night.
John Brooks: 6
Very good is bad for Brooks. The defense is attacking and has received a yellow card in the 10th minute. But he handled the situation well without losing the bite to his game.
Mark McKenzie: 5.5
His mistake led to Mexico’s 2nd minute goal and the ball resulted in a late Mexican penalty kick. He bounced back from the initial mistake and completely acquitted himself despite having to chase Tecatito Corona and Chucky Lozano all night. It wasn’t an easy job.
DeAndre Yedlin: 6
With the license given to Dest on the left, Yedlin stayed more at home in this game. He had his hands full all night first with Corona, and then with Lozano.
Kellyn Acosta: 6.5
Fans of the U.S. would like to see the midfield play. But not all matches work that way and Acosta took what this game gave him and made the most of it, including filling in the left back in the decisive period of the final.
Weston McKennie: 7.5
He was the strength and presence that the USMNT constantly needed, and he had the composure, confidence, and pride. McKennie was tireless in the middle of the field and with a magnet ball against the goalkeepers, he scored a second equalizer when it looked like Mexico had blocked the victory. Best player in the US tonight and Nations League MVP.
Christian Pulisic: 6
Despite wearing the captain’s armband, he was invisible all night, except for one ball made inside the area. But he appeared at a great moment of pressure, took a penalty kick and became an expert. It might be time to define a USMNT career.
Josh Sargent: 5
Attacks from the U.S. wings rarely reached Sargente, who was limited to waiting for loose balls inside the area in 68-yard action. A long-range shot was for him.
Gio Reyna: 6.5
He seems to have risen to this point, taking the initiative and leaving a mark on the game, showing a strong level of defensive work. The goal he scored should serve to boost the team’s confidence, as the team will rely on him to make a difference.
Ethan Horvath: 8
What about the other goalkeeper (below) with 20 minutes left in the game and making a series of save the clutch, including a tremendous penalty kick that saved the result? If he had nerves, he sure wouldn’t show them.
Reggie Cannon: N / A
DeAndre Yedlin was filled in the back in the second overtime.
Tyler Adams: 6
His energy and effort in the middle of the field was very lacking for the USMNT. He was recovering from an injury, but showed no wear and tear. He was coming out of all areas to take on challenges, as he is known.
Tim Weah: 6
With the ball at his feet, you had the impression that he was capable of breaking the game. The problem is that in good areas he didn’t get much touch.
Sebastian Lletget: 6
A typical solid contribution from midfield to Lletget, who started the play that resulted in a penalty kick from Pulisic. For starters or out of the bank, Mr. It is dependable.
Jordan Siebatcheu: 5.5
A similar story to Sargent. The match didn’t matter at all for almost an hour.
Guillermo Ochoa: 6
He made big exceptions at important moments, but when your team plays as badly as they did in the breaks Mexico did, it wasn’t enough.
Jesus Gallardo: 5
Gallardo was no significant assistant at both ends of the pitch and Weston McKennie won poorly in the equalizer when his team was eight minutes from victory.
Hector Moreno: 5.5
Average performance. The veteran wasn’t tested so much during the game, but was left on a stoppage time shot. He was beaten in the head by a corner kick that scored the first goal in the US. The goal that was broken offside in the first half was the key to turning the game around.
Nestor Araujo: 6
The best Mexican defender of the night, but they didn’t call him to do anything extraordinary.
Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez: 5
He helped keep Pulisic and Dest in check, probably a big reason not to offer his usual contributions in the attack. A corner kick that was easy for the ball in the second half resulted in a corner kick that McKennie equalized 2-2.
Hector Herrera: 5
Should the second yellow and McKennie’s wait be knocked out? He needed Mexico to be more involved in the attack, and not to direct the ball to the strikers and watch them throw them. McKennie was a nightmare to deal with.
Edson Alvarez: 6
The most influential among Mexican midfielders on both sides of the ball. Alvarez gave everything he had and covered a lot of ground. They were significantly gassed at the end of the match and it was a surprise that he had not been eliminated before.
Charly Rodriguez: 5
The day was not mobile or fast enough for the attackers to get helpful playing positions. He wandered off, but he never really got involved.
Jesus “Tecatito” Crown: 6.5
“Tecatito” was electric at the start of the game and scored the goal. He gave DeAndre Yedlin and Mark McKenzie fits in the first half before disappearing in the second.
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano: 7.5
Chucky was the best player in Mexico. He held the ball too far, but in the Mexican game the attack is to feed the ball and let it create. He was often dangerous and threw several fouls.
Uriel Antuna: 6
He was generally dangerous on the run, but had no substance in and around the box. That’s his player profile in a nutshell: he’ll take you to the penalty area, but he doesn’t always know what to do.
Carlos Salcedo: 5.5
Is it any surprise that he hasn’t started a League of Nations match for Mexico? It brings a lot of positives to the center-back position (aggression, athleticism, aerial ability), but it’s also a responsibility around the area, as he showed in the penalty shootout he gave the U.S. in overtime.
Luis Romo: 6
A strong player coming off the bench for Mexico. In her 44th minute Charly Rodriguez did more than before. He was regularly involved in the attack with enthusiasm, pushing deeply into the attack.
Orbelin Pineda: N / A
In the last few minutes I came in as a fresh leg.
Careful Andres: 4.5
With 20 minutes left in the game, he had only one job: to make direct shots and make accurate passes. But Guardado failed to become one of the most important players in the game, scoring what would have been a penalty to save the game.
Diego Lainez: 6.5
A spark in the chair. He immediately put his life into the Mexican attack and got the potential game winner 2-1. Every time he got into the ball, he wreaked havoc.
Henry Martin: 5.5
Nothing striking on the field in 50+ minutes. The shouts in favor of Chicharito Hernandez and Raul Jimenez will not stop soon, whether Tata Martin thinks he has no respect for field players like Martin.