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The USA defeated Mexico 2-0 in World Cup qualifying on the back of a Michael Bradley brace. Goal.com's Kyle McCarthy rates the performers on the day.

Player Ratings:

United States (4-4-1-1):


Howard – 7
Remains one of the side's most stable players. Solid when called upon and denied Dos Santos from point blank range early. The only blemish? A needless yellow card means he'll miss the trip to El Salvador.

Pearce – 6
Solid enough on the outside. Wanted to overlap, but struggles to deliver crosses into dangerous areas.

Bocanegra – 5.5
Consistently makes errors that could lead to goals. Howard bailed him out after he failed to clear ahead of Dos Santos' early chance. Gave up a needless foul just outside the penalty area. Passing needs to improve. Always brave and continues to stick his head in places to clear danger.

Onyewu – 6.5
Solid as a rock. Ochoa couldn't generate anything unless Onyewu slipped on the wet surface. Finds the right spots. Shows improvement every time he pulls on the shirt. His header led to the first goal.

Hejduk – 6
Experienced defender turned in another good shift. Active and energetic for most of the night. Cherundolo wasn't missed.

Beasley – 6
Particularly active in the first half, but faded in the second stanza. His corner started the move for Bradley's opener. Tormented Osorio frequently in the first half.

Kljestan – 4.5 (off 86)
Consistently poor in everything that he did. Provided little support in the attacking third. Wayward passing halted a glorious second half move and presented Ochoa with a chance he didn't deserve. Needs to improve against better competition.

Bradley – 8
Did the work required on both ends of the pitch. Filled gaps and tackled in his own half and stepped into the play in the attacking half. Popped up in the right spot for his first before firing home a second in stoppage time.

Dempsey – 6
Forced one save from Sanchez halfway through the first half, but was otherwise quiet. It wasn't for a lack of running.

Donovan – 6.5
Struggled with the constant attention given by the Mexican defense yet still created both goals. His cushioned header from Beasley's corner kick showed a certain touch of class, while he made a smart feed to Bradley in the buildup to the second.

Ching – 6 (off 83)
Cements his place in the team with each passing game. Buildup play is fantastic. Draws fouls in dangerous areas. Puts himself about to create space for others. A tireless worker. Would have done more with better service.

SUBS

Altidore – NR
(on 83)
Great work in the buildup to start Bradley's second goal.

Clark – NR (on 86)

Mexico (4-5-1):

Sanchez – 6.5
Probably the best player in his side on the evening. Made two or three crucial saves for the team. Should have done better on Bradley's second, but the game was gone for the Mexicans at that point.

Galindo – 4
Lost Onyewu on the corner for no apparent reason. Defends with his hands, not his body, and gives up way too many fouls in the process.

Salcido – 6
Classy and composed in the back. Rarely gets caught out of position.

Marquez – 3.5 (sent off on 65)
Great timing to stop Donovan from running into the open field. Finds his spots well. Dirty challenge on Howard for a deserved red card. Consistent indiscipline besmirches a player with his ample talent and questions his leadership skills. Sending off basically ended any chance the Mexicans had when a point looked possible, if not likely.

Osorio – 4.5
Tormented by Beasley on a frequent basis, but improved in the second half.

Medina – 4.5 (off 59)
Quiet after forcing a first half save from Howard. Wasn't missed when Zinha replaced him.

Augusto – 4.5
Combative and willing in the midfield, but struggled with his passing. Didn't do enough to quell the cries of Mexican nationalism and Argentine carpetbaggers.

Pardo – 6
Proved dangerous from set pieces. Didn't look out of place in the midfield. Most of Mexico's best work started with him.

Dos Santos – 5.5 (off 71)
Blew glorious chance inside first three minutes. Active and bright in the first half and looked like the Mexicans' best threat. Faded badly in the second half.

Castillo – NR (off 34)
Hamstring injury deprived Mexicans of their best creative hope. Showed a couple of neat touches while on the field.

C. Ochoa – 4
Clearly not of the standard required at this level. Created few problems for the American defense and didn't do much to foster the attack.

SUBS

Martinez – 5 (on 34)

Took a weak free kick when Pardo should have struck for the far post. Created Mexico's best chance when he dragged across the face of goal.

Zinha – NR (on 59)

Bravo – NR (on 71)


Kyle McCarthy, Goal.com

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