USMNT Player Ratings: Pulisic's trifecta, Jedi's gem, and more

USMNT Player Ratings: Pulisic’s trifecta, Jedi’s gem, and more

USMNT Player Ratings: Pulisic’s trifecta, Jedi’s gem, and more

Considering the underlying angst heading into Sunday’s World Cup qualifier in Orlando, the U.S. men’s national team showed none of the nerves that some of their fans surely felt heading into the crucial clash with Panama. In fact, not only did the Americans not waver, they stepped up with their best performance of the Octagonal.
Christian Pulisic stole the show with his hat-trick, complete with a beautiful final goal, but Sunday’s win was really a group effort that showed off just how impressive the depth is in the player pool. Whether it was Paul Arriola silencing his critics with stellar 45-minute shift, or Luca De La Torre delivering another composed start in midfield, or Jesus Ferreira showing that he is a serious contender for the starting striker role, Sunday’s win was a perfect showcase for some of the players who don’t always get the headlines.
Here are SBI’s USMNT player ratings for Sunday’s win vs. Panama:
Zack Steffen – 6
It’s almost easy to forget the nervy moments Steffen produced on a night when his teammates were dominant, but Steffen will need to tighten things up if he is going to maintain his hold on the starting spot.
Shaq Moore – 7
From not being on the roster to a truly impressive starting shift, Moore was a rock defensively, helping neutralize Panama’s wing threats.
Walker Zimmerman – 7.5
Solid defensively yet again, and gets a ratings boost for drawing a penalty.
Miles Robinson – 7.5
See above.
Antonee Robinson – 8
His showing against Mexico had some flaws, but he responded with an even better outing, including some service that will have USMNT fans excited about his ever-evolving game.
Tyler Adams – 7.5
It is easy to take for granted just how important Adams is to the USMNT setup, but he is the security blanket who helps make everyone’s job easier.
Yunus Musah – 6.5
Tidy 45 minutes for Musah, who should have a big role to play against Costa Rica.
Luca De La Torre – 7.5
You can argue that he hasn’t been tested by the level of midfields he has faced with the USMNT, but the fact remains De La Torre once again plays his role excellently and helped the Americans post a comfortable victory.
Christian Pulisic – 8.5
Confident penalty conversions are an underrated asset, but it was his overall leadership, presence and then that magical third goal that made it a perfect night for the USMNT captain.
Jesus Ferreira – 7.5
His movement was excellent once again, and it was fitting that he capped the beautiful passing sequence leading to his goal. Ferreira also played provider with two key passes, offering a different kind of element to the striker role.
Paul Arriola – 8
Elevated bravely for the goal, and then delivered the final pass for Ferreira’s finish, Arriola showed why Berhalter has continued to give him chances even if some USMNT fans have been calling for him to be cast aside for younger options.
Gio Reyna – 6.5
We were waiting for some magic off the bench, but Reyna instead delivered a hard-working shift, with an impressive six recoveries in 45 minutes. He also produced some good attacking moments as well.
Kellyn Acosta – 7
A very good 45-minute shift from Acosta, who did a ton of dirty work to snuff out any attempts by Panama to work back into the match.
Aaron Long – 5
Beaten on the Panama goal, it wasn’t the best shift for the Red Bulls defender.
Gianluca Busio – 6
Good hard-working 20-minute cameo for Busio, who has slipped behind De La Torre on the depth chart, but who could get a chance against Costa Rica.
Jordan Morris – NR
Didn’t have much to do.
What did you think of the USMNT performances on Sunday? Who impressed you the most? Which of the above grades do you think was too generous? Who deserved a higher grade?
Share your thoughts below.


Source:https://sbisoccer.com/2022/03/usmnt-player-ratings-pulisics-trifecta-jedis-gem-and-more

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