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USMNT player ratings vs. El Tri

Mexico v United States

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 11: Matt Miazga #3 of the USA grabs the jersey of Angel Zaldivar #14 of Mexico during the first half of a friendly match at Nissan Stadium on September 11, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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The United States got interim head coach Dave Sarachan a win over Mexico, something any American soccer mind will celebrate as long as they’re on this mortal coil.

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Who shone for Sarachan, and who didn’t? Read on.

Starting XI

Zack Steffen -- 7 -- Very good aside from a dicey adventure at the edge of his 18. Clearly the No. 1 at age 23, although a new coach may challenge that.

Eric Lichaj (Off 56') -- 7 -- Very physical and committed performance from the veteran Hull City defender despite playing out-of-position as a right-footed left back. His future is an intriguing one given his age (33) at the next World Cup.

Matt Miazga -- 8 -- Perhaps the man of the match, along with his partner and Steffen during a first half where the back line was often left under pressure.

Cameron Carter-Vickers -- 7 -- Strong night for the Tottenham Hotspur youngster, who was especially busy from minutes nine to 40.

Shaq Moore (Off 85') -- 6 -- Improved as the game went on, and had a few standout moments. He needs to play well when given the chance given the amount of right back prospects behind him (and No. 1 DeAndre Yedlin).

Wil Trapp -- 5 -- A step back from a rock solid job against Brazil. Probably wasn’t a great call to have him as the lone CDM in a 4-1-4-1, although three of the four attack-minded mids are CDMs by trade.

Tim Weah (Off, 90') -- 8 -- Bring me Weah with a healthy Christian Pulisic, McKennie, and Adams in the same XI, please and thank you.

Weston McKennie (Off 40') -- 5 -- Left early due to injury but joined the cluttered midfield in doing little to keep the ball from Mexico. A bright first eight minutes or so.

Tyler Adams -- 8 -- The night’s goal scorer -- yes, from New York on 9/11 -- is going to bring in a mint for the New York Red Bulls one day (November to RB Leipzig?). Good hustle.

Kellyn Acosta (Off 85') -- 6 -- Not poor considering he was played out of position. That’s not new for him with the USMNT.

Gyasi Zardes (Off 80') -- 6 -- Strong in hold up play, a hopeful performance as he looks to get his USMNT career back on track.

Substitutes

Julian Green (On 40') -- 8 -- His introduction changed the game, as the daring and energetic Greuther Furth man shows he’s not done growing as a player.

Antonee Robinson (On 56') -- 7 -- What a redemption from Friday night’s struggles, showing why the left back is well-regarded at Everton. Nice assist on Adams’ goal.

Bobby Wood (On 80') -- 6 -- Feisty and fine.

DeAndre Yedlin (On 85') -- N/A --

Cristian Roldan (On 85') -- N/A --

Marky Delgado (On 90') -- N/A --

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