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USA
USA
0 vs 0
Played
January 29, 2013 9:00 PM EST
BBVA Compass Stadium — Houston, Texas
Referee:‬ R. Castro‎
Attendance:‬ 11737‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: USA 0-0 Canada

As the rains beat down in Houston, they couldn't wash away the bitter taste of a drab, uninspired international friendly between the U.S. and Canada.

By Zac Lee Rigg

  • Sean Johnson
    36
    8
    3.50

    Sean Johnson

    An early and impressive reflex save on De Rosario was the extent of Johnson's involvement in the match.

  • Justin Morrow
    11
    25
    2.00

    Justin Morrow

    He's fast, but Morrow didn't offer enough composure on the ball to help an uninspired U.S. attack.

  • Matt Besler
    17
    13
    2.50

    Matt Besler

    There wasn't a whole lot of defending for the United States to do.

  • Omar Gonzalez
    32
    7
    2.50

    Omar Gonzalez

    The most telling contributions from Gonzalez didn't come in defense. In attack he had a barely plausible penalty appeal turned down and nearly latched onto two offensive free kicks. Overall his distribution was poor, but it never caught out the United States.

  • Tony Beltran
    9
    24
    1.50

    Tony Beltran

    In the first half, the U.S. player with the most time and space to deliver the ball was the Real Salt Lake fullback. Unfortunately for the Americans, Beltran's skill set doesn't include too much offensive imagination. He made way at halftime of his international debut.

  • Brad Davis
    14
    19
    2.00

    Brad Davis

    Worryingly for Davis, the quality of free kick service improved once the Houston Dynamo winger made way in the second half. The Houston fans didn't see the traditionally consistent service from Davis they are used to. Early in the second half, he whiffed on a good chance in the box, sending the ball well wide.

  • Brad Evans
    9
    27
    2.00

    Brad Evans

    Evans didn't move the ball smoothly enough in the first half, so shifted to right back for the second half. His versatility patched holes in the lineup without helping the United States take control of the game.

  • Eddie Johnson
    15
    33
    1.50

    Eddie Johnson

    In the first half, after being taken down and awarded a free kick, EJ tossed the ball petulantly in the direction of his marker. The Seattle Sounders striker didn't contribute much else aside from a series of indulgent touches that led to turnovers.

  • Graham Zusi
    23
    16
    2.00

    Graham Zusi

    The apparent heir to Landon Donovan's creative spot down the right, Zusi didn't show he belongs on bigger stages with this timid performance against Canada. One of the more experienced players in the U.S. attack, the Sporting KC midfielder failed to take the lead in breaking down a stubborn Canuck side.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    41
    15
    3.00

    Kyle Beckerman

    For the most part, Beckerman did his job. He sat in front of the defense and kept the ball ticking along nicely. The problems for the United States lay further up field.

  • Chris Wondolowski
    15
    43
    1.00

    Chris Wondolowski Flop of the Match

    Was that the last time Wondolowski wears a U.S. jersey? The deadliest marksman in MLS hasn't scored for the United States after nine caps. In this game he didn't look sharp and was pulled off at halftime.

Substitutions

  • Alejandro Bedoya
    13
    15

    Alejandro Bedoya

    N/A

  • Alfredo Morales
    15
    12

    Alfredo Morales

    Made his international debut.

  • Benny Feilhaber
    37
    10

    Benny Feilhaber

    Took some excellent free kicks and misplayed some key passes.

  • J. Agudelo
    32
    18
    3.00

    J. Agudelo

    Helped add a spark and some urgency when he came on.

  • Joshua Alexander Gatt
    43
    13
    3.00

    Joshua Alexander Gatt

    Plenty of verve. Plenty of pace. Plenty of squandered final balls.

  • Will Bruin
    17
    5

    Will Bruin

    Also made his first U.S. appearance.

  • Simon Thomas
    8
    1
    2.50

    Simon Thomas

    The backup goalkeeper who doesn't even have a club only made one telling mistake, when a shanked clearance kept Canada under pressure.

  • Ashtone Morgan
    5
    2
    3.00

    Ashtone Morgan

    The American right wingers struggled to create any space or telling crosses, often passing backward to find relief from Morgan's pressure.

  • Dejan Jakovic
    13
    2
    3.00

    Dejan Jakovic

    Always suave on the ball, Jakovic and his fellow defenders weren't too bothered by the American attack.

  • Nana Attakora
    9
    2
    3.00

    Nana Attakora

    The Canadian backline never looked concerned when the U.S. attackers received the ball. Attakora and Jakovic did well to keep their opponents' backs to goal.

  • Dwayne De Rosario
    24
    2
    4.00

    Dwayne De Rosario Top of the Match

    If DeRo were American, he'd be on the plane to Honduras. The D.C. United attacker was the best player on the pitch, a lively outlet for a stodgy Canadian team. Between a first half swivel-volley and a second half header from a free kick he also had the two best chances on goal.

  • Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault
    6
    2
    2.50

    Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault

    Canada ceded possession to the host gladly, but won the midfield battle.

  • Kyle Bekker
    11
    2
    3.00

    Kyle Bekker

    The MLS rookie pushed highest of Canada's midfield, energetically linking the lines. His was a solid, useful display.

  • Nikolas Ledgerwood
    9
    1
    3.00

    Nikolas Ledgerwood

    Ledgerwood began with a clever curling cross that DeRo volleyed on frame. He didn't send too many more balls into the box, but marked well at right back.

  • Russell Teibert
    7
    2
    2.50

    Russell Teibert

    Teibert's role mostly involved tracking the forward runs of the American right back, and he performed it diligently.

  • Terry Dunfield
    7
    2
    3.50

    Terry Dunfield

    The veteran midfielder clogged the midfield well. He doggedly closed down anything that came through the central areas.

  • Tosaint Ricketts
    5
    2
    2.00

    Tosaint Ricketts

    Stuck mostly on the flanks and performing defensive duties, Ricketts didn't move up top until late in the match.

Substitutions

  • Doneil Henry
    3
    1

    Doneil Henry

    N/A

  • Matt Stinson
    3
    2

    Matt Stinson

    Relieved the tired Dunfield in midfield.

  • Evan James
    2
    1

    Evan James

    N/A

  • Frank Jonke
    2
    1

    Frank Jonke

    N/A

  • Kyle Porter
    2
    2

    Kyle Porter

    N/A

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. A. PulidoStrikerMexico3.67
2. C. PeñaMidfielderMexico3.33
3. Rafa MárquezDefenderMexico2.83
4. RodríguezDefenderMexico2.83
5. L. MontesMidfielderMexico2.83
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0