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0 vs 0
USA
USA
Played
March 26, 2013 10:30 PM EDT
Estadio Azteca — Coyoacán, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
Referee:‬ W. Lopez‎
Attendance:‬ 85500‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Mexico 0-0 USA

The United States earned a point in Mexico for only the second time in World Cup qualifying history. Goal.com breaks down the individual performances.

By Zac Lee Rigg

  • Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
    52
    23
    3.00

    Francisco Guillermo Ochoa

    The United States had a total of one shot. It was off target. All that left for Ochoa was to distribute quickly and cleanly, which he accomplished.

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    46
    28
    3.00

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    With Torres Nilo overlapping, Guardado excelled at drifting in field slightly to find gaps between the U.S. defenders.

  • Héctor Moreno
    44
    20
    2.50

    Héctor Moreno

    As the de facto veteran in an untested defense, Moreno could have done more to push the tempo, but that's nitpicking.

  • Jorge Emmanuel Torres
    41
    21
    3.50

    Jorge Emmanuel Torres

    The left back excelled overlapping into the attack, offering width and quality crosses. Just before half, he rushed back to snuff out Michael Bradley's chance. Made way for winger Reyna midway through the second half.

  • S. Meza
    17
    47
    2.00

    S. Meza

    Meza probably had the most trouble of any of Mexico's defenders.

  • D. Reyes
    46
    16
    2.50

    D. Reyes

    Reyes didn't have a chance to show why Porto has already paid for his future services with barely any work to go around for the Mexican defenders. He did help keep a clean sheet on his competitive international debut, albeit in a result El Tri will rue.

  • C. Salcido
    23
    48
    2.00

    C. Salcido

    In games such as these, the doubling up of defensive midfielders can cost Mexico. Salcido is a solid, earnest player clearly capable at this level, but struggles to help break down deep teams.

  • J. Aquino
    56
    25
    4.00

    J. Aquino

    The youngster cemented his place as Mexico's preferred right winger with a tricky, slippery display. He tore up Beasley on the flank, providing El Tri's most incisive attacks. Late in the game he was hacked down by Edu in the box in what clearly should have been a penalty.

  • J. Zavala
    25
    33
    2.50

    J. Zavala

    The best aerial presence on the team exploited a lack of organization from the United States on set pieces, doing everything but putting the ball in the net.

  • Javier Hernández
    43
    54
    2.00

    Javier Hernández

    The movement, the chances, the whip-quickness -- it was all there. The finishing touch? Not so much. Chicharito spurned two glorious chances to seal this game.

  • Giovani dos Santos
    40
    43
    2.50

    Giovani dos Santos

    Dos Santos floated from wing to wing trying to link play. His best chance on goal came from a long-range shot that knuckled in the thin air but spun a few inches wide.

Substitutions

  • Á. Reyna
    31
    24
    2.50

    Á. Reyna

    Reyna showed several nice flicks when he came on, helping up the pace of the attacks and combining well with others.

  • O. Bravo
    11
    44
    2.00

    O. Bravo

    Bravo barely registered once he entered the match.

  • Bradley Guzan
    165
    12
    3.50

    Bradley Guzan

    The Aston Villa stopper has pulled off a boat load of blocks in recent months, but none as huge as the one in stoppage time of this game. The United States continues to produce top-quality shot-stoppers, most of them bald.

  • DaMarcus Beasley
    93
    78
    1.50

    DaMarcus Beasley Flop of the Match

    An early yellow card set the tone for the Pachuca man to get torched time and again down the flank. Struggling out of position, Beasley had a rough time. The lasting image of him from this match will be him holding his trod-on arm with the assistant referee asking if he was alright.

  • Geoff Cameron
    74
    27
    2.50

    Geoff Cameron

    The Stoke defender resorted to Stoke tactics of lumping the ball forward whenever he saw the ball, which hindered the Americans' ability to calm the pace down with possession. He was solid enough on the defensive end, especially facing both Guardado and Torres Nilo.

  • Matt Besler
    133
    22
    3.00

    Matt Besler

    For Besler's second cap he turned in a wily veteran performance in Azteca, the most fearsome stadium in North America. A silly tug on Dos Santos for an early yellow aside, the defender didn't put a foot wrong, consistently heading balls clear and sniffing out chances.

  • Omar Gonzalez
    180
    15
    4.50

    Omar Gonzalez Top of the Match

    Like the 2012 MLS Cup final, this was a career-defining performance from Gonzalez. Mexico's 20 open-play crosses and 15 corner kicks felt laser-guided to Gonzalez's head. This game probably justifies Klinsmann's decision to start the green Gonzalez in Honduras, and hints at 24-year-old's upside.

  • Graham Zusi
    53
    49
    2.00

    Graham Zusi

    Though poor overall, Zusi made two positive plays. In the first half he executed a slide tackle that hooked the ball away from Guardado to halt a dangerous attack (though it was likely a foul). In the second he busted a gut to rush back and make a goal-saving header in the box.

  • Michael Bradley
    95
    33
    2.50

    Michael Bradley

    Without Jermaine Jones to do the scrappy work, Bradley didn't have his best game. He consistently put defenders under pressure with heavy back-passes in the first half, and should have conceded a penalty for shoving Chicharito in the box. Cleaned up in the second half to help preserve the shutout.

  • Maurice Edu
    42
    66
    2.00

    Maurice Edu

    American fans will moan about Jones' predilection for yellow cards after this display from Edu. Sloppy distribution comes naturally from the midfielder, but he should know better than to hack down Aquino in the box late in the match. Only refereeing incompetency saved the USA a penalty.

  • Clint Dempsey
    49
    68
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Dempsey found plenty of room in the opening five minutes to help build U.S. momentum through the middle. However, lack of fitness and the altitude likely combined for an overall quiet game for the captain.

  • H. Gómez
    38
    51
    2.00

    H. Gómez

    In the first half, Gomez was as high as Altidore, leaving far too much space behind him for Aquino to start running at Beasley. His low corner delivery found Cameron for one of the USA's best chances. Made way for Brad Davis before accomplishing much in attack.

  • Jozy Altidore
    56
    45
    2.00

    Jozy Altidore

    A few soft touches aside, Altidore didn't do a whole lot with the admittedly limited service he got.

Substitutions

  • Brek Shea
    37
    32
    2.00

    Brek Shea

    The Stoke winger came on late and didn't do much aside from help keep the shape in defense.

  • Brad Davis
    22
    55
    2.00

    Brad Davis

    A late sub, the sum of Davis' contribution was a needless foul in a dangerous area.

  • Eddie Johnson
    44
    30
    2.50

    Eddie Johnson

    Given over half an hour up top, Johnson didn't add much to the game, as the USA went into a deep shell soon after he entered.

Results
Matchday 3
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. R. EspinozaMidfielderHonduras3.50
2. J. BengtsonStrikerHonduras3.50
3. Juan Carlos GarcíaDefenderHonduras3.33
4. C. CostlyStrikerHonduras3.33
5. N. ValladaresGoalkeeperHonduras3.30
6. Maynor FigueroaDefenderHonduras3.30
7. QuinteroMidfielder3.30
8. Dwayne De RosarioMidfielderCanada3.25
9. Luis GarridoStrikerHonduras3.25
10. B. GarcíaMidfielderHonduras3.20
11. Cristian GamboaDefenderCosta Rica3.13
12. J. PenedoGoalkeeper3.08
13. J. CoronaGoalkeeperMexico3.06
14. Héctor MorenoDefenderMexico3.04
15. Bryan RuizStrikerCosta Rica3.00
16. G. GómezMidfielder3.00
17. O. PeraltaStrikerMexico3.00
18. E. IzaguirreDefenderHonduras3.00
19. J. ZavalaMidfielderMexico3.00
20. F. BaloyDefender3.00
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1