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Player Ratings: USA 1-0 Trinidad & Tobago


Tim Howard 8.5
The Everton stopper was in exactly the right place for every header put his way. In between the saves that he made look easy he pulled off a few snap reaction blocks to preserve his clean sheet.

Jonathan Spector 6.5
It's telling that whoever switched over to his flank, be it Tinto or Edwards, they all of the sudden became very quiet.

Oguchi Onyewu 5
After not playing for Milan or against El Salvador, Onyewu looked decidedly off pace. He blustered around, using his size to push attackers out of the way, but never looked very comfortable.

Carlos Bocanegra 6
Continued his reinstatement to the center of defense with another clever, organized display.

Jonathan Bornstein 5
Can consider himself quite lucky to have started after his mistake in the El Salvador game, and continued to look shaky. Both Lawrence and Tinto had luck running at him and he was left kicking at scraps.

Clint Dempsey 6
Was crucial to the buildup to the goal and had a few nice touches, but spent large parts of the game performing a defensive shift. He was moved up top late in the match, but couldn't create anything of note and made way for Holden.

Ricardo Clark 7
Something happened to the Dynamo midfielder at halftime. Maybe he realized he didn't have much longer on the pitch after an anonymous first half. Indeed, his replacement was getting dressed when he smashed a violently swerving ball through two defenders and past Ince for the opener. This came after an energetic and tenacious opening minutes to the second half.

Michael Bradley 7
The coach's son was calm and poised in the middle of the park. He kept play moving and intercepted anything that came through the middle. Bradley's play is infinitely better when he can keep his cool, and today was one of those days.

Landon Donovan 8
Let's get the disappointments out of the way: missed two chances in the box that a player of his caliber should really be finishing, was caught offside too much, and his free kick delivery wasn't up to his best. And yet, despite all that, Donovan dominated this game once again, orchestrating every U.S. attack and spraying the ball around like he's been a playmaker all his life. He assisted the goal and created nearly every other good chance the U.S. had.

Charlie Davies 6.5
In the opening of the game, Davies looked to be the only American who wanted a win. He buzzed around defenders and manufactured several half-chances by sheer will and athleticism alone. Perhaps he spent his energy too soon, as he faded from the game, aside from a low blast he should have done better with in the second half. With 15 minutes left in the game he made way for the more possession-oriented Ching.

Jozy Altidore 6.5
This was nowhere near as deadly as the last time he lined up against T&T and scored a hat-trick, but it was a serviceable display from the youngster. He created the best chance the U.S. had in the first half and put a long distance effort on net to test Ince. After the opening goal he made way for Feilhaber.


Benny Feilhaber 6
Looked much brighter on the wings after coming in than he did starting in the middle against El Salvador. His technical ability from deep kept attacks flowing.

Brian Ching N/A

Stuart Holden 6
For the third game in a row, Holden delivered an exquisite ball from the right that should have earned him an assist. Davies, Torres, and now Donovan all owe the youngster an explanation for why they didn't finish the balls he's put on platters for them.


Clayton Ince 7
Pulled off a handful of top quality saves when his defenders let him down and marked his area well when coming for crosses. Was a bit unfortunate on the goal as the ball whipped through two defenders before curving to the very edge of the net.

Silvio Spann 5
Looked a bit behind the pace when marking the fleet-footed Donovan and didn't overlap into the attack at all. It was a mild, conservative game put out by Spann, and eventually he was taken off for a more attacking option.

Dennis Lawrence 6
The captain didn't have his troops very well organized as the pacy American attackers drifted all through the backline.

Radanfah Abu Bakr 7
Whenever a T&T defender made a crucial last ditch tackle or interception, it was inevitably Abu Bakr. The 22-year-old offered a stern, resolute performance to hold his backline together.

Jlloyd Samuel 4
Didn't look like a Premier League player at all. He overran tackles and let players past him with ease. Picked up a yellow for a studs-up challenge on Spector that, if it had connected, could have drawn red.

Hayden Tinto 6
The diminutive midfielder opened each half brightly. In the first he was the best outlet from the defense and had some joy running at Bornstein. After him and Edwards switched flanks, however, he went silent until the second half. Never managed to create a testing final ball before coming off.

Clyde Leon 6
Buzzed around the middle of the park on both sides of the ball.

Trent Noel 5
Aside from hitting a powerful free kick in the first half which Howard saved, Noel had a very quiet game. He tended to disappear quite a bit, and eventually disappeared to the bench as the Soca Warriors chased the game.

Carlos Edwards 5
When on his preferred right flank he saw much more of the ball. However, he never managed to get into positions to use his pace or trickery. Much more is expected of the winger.

Kenwyne Jones 6
Looked a bit less mobile than usual, only popping up in the box to head chances on net. While his accuracy was fine, his headers lacked the power needed to get his name on the scoresheet.

Cornell Glen 7.5
The first half was all about Glen. The nippy forward tore through the U.S. backline with ease, pulling defenders out of position and creating chances. His curling cross for Jones was the first real chance for the team, and his lob was inches away from opening the scoring. Eventually, though, the remaining image of Glen from this game will be him pounding his fists into the ground like a petulant child as that chance smacked off the post and back into play.


Daniel Keon 5
Offered better free kick delivery upon entering the game, but couldn't create that final chance.

Kerry Baptiste N/A
Jason Scotland N/A

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