Bruce Arena may have raised eyebrows by making seven changes for the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifier against Mexico, but it was two veteran holdovers who stole the show at Estadio Azteca.
Four days after going 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago, Michael Bradley and Geoff Cameron repeated the feat in the Americans' 1-1 draw with El Tri on Sunday. While Bradley put the U.S. on the right track with an audacious sixth-minute opener, it was Cameron's immense performance in central defense that largely sealed the point on the road.
Here are Goal's player ratings from the Americans' draw with Mexico:
GK BRAD GUZAN, 5: Could have reacted quicker on Carlos Vela's strike, though his vision was somewhat obstructed. Didn't come up with any big stops but avoided glaring errors in a loud, hostile environment.
D OMAR GONZALEZ, 7: Was a reliable aerial presence, always finding himself in the right spot while making a game-high eight clearances. Couldn't quite finish as he got his head on several attacking set pieces.
D GEOFF CAMERON, 8: Cleanly won possession with countless crucial interventions and also did well to carry the ball into midfield at times. Was the ideal anchor for the Americans' three-man back line.
D TIM REAM, 7: Played with poise and confidence at left center back. Was calm in possession and kept matters tidy defensively when called upon.
M DEANDRE YEDLIN, 5: Had trouble dealing with Hirving Lozano on the flank, seeing yellow for persistent infringement, and kept Javier Hernandez onside on an early opportunity. Played with much more authority after halftime.
M KELLYN ACOSTA, 5: Could have done better in the buildup to Mexico's equalizer, letting Hernandez glide past him and failing to step up on Vela. Otherwise battled well in central midfield, even if the U.S. couldn't find much of a rhythm on the ball.
M MICHAEL BRADLEY, 8: Opened the scoring with a goal for the ages, using anticipation, ambition and skill to chip Guillermo Ochoa from long range. Won key tackles and nearly made it a brace when he struck woodwork with another bold effort.
M DAMARCUS BEASLEY, 6: Was exposed in isolation as he failed to rein in Vela on Mexico's equalizer, though he should have gotten more help. Otherwise delivered a gutsy performance, leading the U.S. with eight duels won and three tackles.
F PAUL ARRIOLA, 5: Produced mixed results when tracking back and never really got going offensively, even if he played with heart. Picked up a yellow card for a late challenge.
F BOBBY WOOD, 5: Put in plenty of work, providing some useful hold-up play, but didn't find himself on the end of many opportunities.
F CHRISTIAN PULISIC, 6: Created danger early and late in what ultimately was a pedestrian performance by his lofty standards. The 18-year-old's pace and control did help the U.S. relieve pressure.
F DARLINGTON NAGBE, 5: Didn't find himself on the ball often but made sure to keep possession when he did.
F JOZY ALTIDORE, 5: Came on for the final 11 minutes and used his physicality to help kill off the game.
M GRAHAM ZUSI, 5: Entered for a late cameo.