The USA squeaked out a win that might have been more comfortable if the officiating had been mistake-free - but in the end, the three points were claimed at home.SANDY, Utah -- Goal.com ran the rule over all the participants in the USA - El Salvador World Cup qualifier. The USA claimed the 2-1 win at home.
Miguel Montes 6 – Smothered one chance for Feilhaber in particular, but was left too exposed for his liking. Fantastic save late to deny Torres a goal.
Ramon Flores 5 – Technically the rightback, Flores spent most of the game bombing forward to help out the attack. He provided a solid game without ever really impressing. Pulled off after the hour mark for an attacker.
Marvin Gonzalez 4 – After clearing a chance off the line, Gonzalez allowed Altidore to nip in behind him for the Americans' second goal. In the second half he couldn't deal with the pace of the strikers coming at him on the counter and looked out of his league.
Manuel Salazar 5 – Couldn't hold down the pacy U.S. attackers and got shunted out to the right after Flores went off.
Deris Umanzor 6 – Tried his luck from distance several times, but his booming shots lacked accuracy.
Arturo Alvarez 6 – Not a bad first start for the former U.S. youth international. He showed his obvious one-on-one skills by floating through some markers, and was a constant nuisance for Bornstein. He was replaced shortly into the second half without causing any lasting damage in the match.
Ramon Sanchez 7.5 – The captain gave a sterling performance in the middle of the park. He was the glue that held his team together, winning tackles, spraying balls wide, and rushing back to assist his defenders.
Eliseo Quintanilla 7 – Harassed the U.S. backline until he was pulled off. His tenacity and ability on the ball caused problems.
Christian Castillo 6.5 – He switched flanks back and forth, running at the American fullbacks. His blistering pace and quick feet were a menace all game. He scored the game's opener with a jumping move to head home.
Rodolfo Zelaya 6 – Held the line well in attack and floated between defenders to open up space.
Osael Romero N/A
William Reyes N/A
Rudis Corrales N/A
Tim Howard 6 – Got caught coming too far forward for the first goal and couldn't make it back in time to save. Steady other than that. Brilliant save late in the game to preserve the U.S. lead.
Jonathan Spector 6 – Gave a quiet, steady performance. His crossing from deep continues to be a weapon for the U.S., and he puts in a tidy shift at right back.
Carlos Bocanegra 6 – Showed a few shaky moments early in the match perhaps as he readjusted to the centerback position, but settle down well and held the backline together.
Chad Marshall 5 – His best attribute is his dominance in the air and yet Castillo's goal came in the air when Marshall was marking him.
Jonathan Bornstein 5 – Saved one late chance and provided good energy down the left, but was shaky throughout. Still doesn't quite look comfortable on the international level.
Clint Dempsey 7 – Missed a couple excellent chances right in front of goal before scoring the equalizer. The Texan came into in his own in the second half, running plays and creating golden opportunities on the counter.
Benny Feilhaber 5 – Had a few pretty touches in midfield but mostly gave a workmanlike effort. He was in ahead of Clark or Beckerman to provide extra attacking impetus, but it never really panned out.
Michael Bradley 6 – Largely did his job. Kept things tight in the midfield and pushed forward every so often to try a shot from distance.
Landon Donovan 8 – Bob Bradley referred to him as a “playmaking type” before the game, and Donovan obliged with two assists. Donovan ran the game.
Charlie Davies 6.5 – His pace was a weapon throughout the night. Even when the American attack hadn't got going in the first half, Davies got on the ball and caused problems. Had to come off with an injury 70 minutes in.
Jozy Altidore 7 – He marked a quiet first half with a powerful header to give the U.S. the lead. In the second he came into his own more, bullying the Salvadorian defenders and scoring a goal that was wrongfully called back.
Stuart Holden 6 – Had two teasing crosses late in the match that someone should have poked home to seal the game. In injury time he sacrificed his body in the box to make sure El Salvador couldn't find a dramatic equalizer.
Kyle Beckerman N/A – Got the loudest cheers when he came on, but besides that didn't do much to appease his home support.
Jose Francisco Torres N/A – Watching him rush in like a cargo train and slam a header off Holden's delivery was intense. He wanted that goal badly.
Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com
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