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USMNT Player Ratings from a scintillating blowout of Trinidad and Tobago

Christian Pulisic, Carlyle Mitchell

United States’ Christian Pulisic (10) and Trinidad & Tobago’s Carlyle Mitchell (12) battle for the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


The United States men’s national team simply throttled Trinidad and Tobago in Jacksonville on Tuesday, breaking through before halftime en route to a 4-0 win.

The win gives the Yanks the top spot in Group C heading into the Hex, meaning it will open the final round of World Cup qualifying at home against Mexico on Nov. 11.

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The way they looked on Tuesday, USMNT fans will be saying, “Bring it on”.

USMNT Starting XI

Tim Howard -- 8 -- With loads of respect to a pure pro in Brad Guzan, I have no idea how this man doesn’t start against Mexico.

Fabian Johnson -- 7 -- The U.S. is better off when he doesn’t have the defensive responsibilities of a left back, but also doesn’t have many options at left back.

Omar Gonzalez -- 5 -- Wasn’t tested much once the second half hit, but not amongst the U.S. bright lights.

Steve Birnbaum -- 6 -- Didn’t have much to do.

Geoff Cameron -- 7 -- Bright when called upon, and man he gets down the field quick for a big man.

Christian Pulisic -- 9 -- Exceptional, stunning, electric, dynamic... We’re running out of shining adjectives.

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Michael Bradley -- 6 -- Had his stumbles getting into the flow early, but showed his typical clever passing as the game wore on.

Sacha Kljestan (Off 73') -- 7 -- Entirely capable of succeeding in the final third against this sort of competition, but will he get the chance to do it against better sides?

Alejandro Bedoya (On 65) -- 6 -- Worked his butt off, was difficult to play against, but didn’t quite have his cutting edge.

Bobby Wood (Off 60') -- 6 -- It wasn’t a particularly bright night for Wood, who was just inches off for most of the night.

Jozy Altidore -- 9 -- A slow, clumsy start had us wondering if this wasn’t his night, only to find out how wrong we were. A bull as usual, and two deft finishes. His intelligence doesn’t get enough credit.


Jordan Morris (On 60') -- 6 -- Good work rate, nothing splashy from the Sounders man.

Paul Arriola (On 64') -- 7 -- Scored his second U.S. goal, missed a possible third, though. Just 21.

Caleb Stanko (On 73') -- 6 -- Game was dusted when he earned his first cap.

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