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Player Ratings: Mexico 2-1 USA

Mexico

Memo Ochoa 6
His teammates didn't leave him with much to clean up. He perhaps could have done more with Davies' opener, but was solid the rest of the game.

Efrain Juarez 7.5
The youngster improved progressively as the game went on. He was at fault for some slack marking on Davies for the opener, but put it behind him with some robust and bright play down the right. Almost operating as a right midfielder, Juarez tore down the flank to create the game winner. Overall, he'll remember this day fondly.

Johnny Magallon 8
In the absence of Rafa Marquez, Magallon stepped up and provided the steel needed in defense. He made countless last-ditch tackles and interceptions to frustrate the U.S. attack and win the ball back for Mexico.

Ricardo Osorio 7 
It was a serviceable performance from Osorio. He stood strong in the face of the physical U.S. attackers to help repel any sniff the Americans got.

Carlos Salcido 6
Though he didn't do much wrong, Salcido didn't do much period. Guardado manned the left flank in attack and, with the American wingers pinched in, the PSV man didn't find much on his plate aside from staying focused and in position.

Israel Castro 8
If you got to pick what type of goal you would score to open your account for your national team, Castro's knuckling scorcher from distance that pinged off the crossbeam is quite an attractive choice. Castro also helped dominate the midfield battle with a tidy display in the center of the park.

Gerardo Torrado 7
Playing slightly deeper than Castro, Torrado gave grit to the Mexican midfield.

Andres Guardado 6
The winger saw plenty of the ball and ran at Cherundolo quite a bit, but couldn't make any of his possession count. The curly-coiffed left midfielder's distribution and crossing was off, and he was hauled off midway through the second half.

Giovani Dos Santos 7
The youngster continues to impress with some sizzling performances this summer. His pace and slickness on the ball riled USA's backline as he drew two yellow cards from American defenders in the first half alone. His finishing let him down a bit, but the overall display was a positive one.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco 7
For a 36-year-old who played 90 minutes on the weekend, Blanco looked downright sprightly. He drifted from flank to flank, saw plenty of the ball, and pulled both American central midfielders onto him before finding Castro for the equalizer.

Guillermo Franco 5
As the lone pure striker for Mexico, Franco spent the game isolated between the two pillars of DeMerit and Onyewu. He continually lost his battle with Gooch when he did manage to get on the ball.

Substitutes

Carlos Vela 6
It's a big ask to replace Mexican legend Blanco on the pitch. If anyone is up to it in the long haul, it's Arsenal's Vela. On the day, he looked bright and promising without ever creating any end product.

Nery Castillo 5
Very handsy. He tried pulling Davies to his feet when the striker was down on the pitch injured, inciting a pushing spree. Later, as Onyewu tried to hold onto the ball for a free kick, the unibrowed wonder had his hands all over Gooch's face. If only his play had been as proactive as his fingers.

Miguel Sabah 7
Javier Aguirre's commands to Sabah upon throwing him into the match: “Score a goal.” Sabah's response: score a goal. It was a clutch one too. As the ball trickled out to him in a good position in the box, he spun and sliced a shot over Howard's shoulder. Many would have let the occasion get to them, but Sabah was calm and collected enough to earn the three points.


USA

Tim Howard 7
The Everton shot-stopper made his customary handful of clutch saves, but perhaps should have stuck up a glove quicker on Sabah's winner.

Steve Cherundolo 6
Solid but unspectacular. Cherundolo got the nod at rightback because of his experience, and gave an experienced display. He just about got the edge over Guardado in their battle and tucked in competently to keep the U.S. defense tight.

Jay DeMerit 4
Gone was the rock American fans had seen in the Confederations Cup. The Watford captain struggled to keep up with the interchanging Mexican offense all game, arriving consistently late with tackles and behind in his reading of play. He went to ground far too early as the ball spilled over him in the buildup to Sabah's equalizer.

Oguchi Onyewu 7. 5
The AC Milan centerback showed exactly why he plays for a team like AC Milan. Unbeatable in the air, Onyewu nipped out countless attacks and emerged triumphantly with the ball far more than usual. It was a powerful performance that at least Franco will rue.

Carlos Bocanegra 5
The U.S. captain looked like a centerback shunted over to the left. He offered zilch going forward, preferring to stay anchored to his defensive teammates. Too many times, Mexicans found ways around and behind him.

Landon Donovan 6
A quick spin and release into space for Davies in the ninth minute was the highlight for Donovan. After that he was muscled off the ball and not allowed the space needed to make his pace and vision count. More is expected of American's Best Outfield Player.

Ricardo Clark 4
Sat far too deep in the midfield, ceding space and possession to the Mexican midfield. The Houston Dynamo didn't provide the steel he's usually known for and was caught out of position for Casto's equalizer.

Michael Bradley 5
Like Clark, Bradley positioned himself nearly on top of his central defenders. It gave too much room for the Mexicans to run at the American backline and prevented Bradley from transitioning the ball back into attack as the Mexicans dominated possession.

Clint Dempsey 5
Anonymous. Dempsey has made a career on having quiet games before exploding for a crucial goal. In this game, he forgot to score that goal. Tucked into the midfield for most of the game, Dempsey saw a bit more of the ball when moved up top late on, but didn't do much with it.

Brian Ching 5
Found no joy with his back go goal and didn't fulfill his role of keeping possession. Yanked off early in the second half after giving away plenty of fouls and struggling to bring others into play.

Charlie Davies 7
Became the first American to put the U.S. in the lead in Azteca when his pace and direct attitude helped him open the scoring in the ninth minute. He peeled off to the side of the defense expertly before racing in towards goal and curling the ball around Ochoa. His influence on the game waned as Mexico held more possession, but his pace continued to threaten until he was taken off with what looked like an injury.

Substitutes

Benny Feilhaber 5
Thrown on to provide some attacking impetus through the middle, Feilhaber found his touch too heavy for a cramped midfield, turning over the ball frequently.

Stuart Holden 6
An excellent spinning cross was nearly headed home by the outstretched head of Davies, but, alas for the Dynamo midfielder, a few inches spurned him. Looked interested upon coming on as a right midfielder, but didn't do enough to change the game.

Jozy Altidore 5
Admittedly, the Hull City striker didn't get much time or service, but it didn't look like he touched the ball once upon coming on.

Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com

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