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USA vs. Mexico, 2018 World Cup qualifying: Final Player Ratings

The attackers get a little love

Soccer: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qulafying-Mexico at USA Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Well that didn’t go as any U.S. Soccer supporter would have hoped. The Dos a Cero curse has been broken by Mexico and the powers of Fort Columbus washed away in one fell swoop by none other than Rafa Marquez himself.

One of the most hated El Tri representatives to American soccer fans for the last decade-plus, Marquez’s 89th minute header sent every Yank home bitter and Mexico to the next CONCACAF Hexagonal match day with three points and the USMNT still looking to get off the mark.

As is customary, we put out our poll for the SSFC community to give your own player ratings. Predictably, most of them were pretty dire. However, there were a few bright spots. Here’s how the results turned out:

Man of the Match: Bobby Wood

The man who gave us hope in the 50th minute with his well-worked equalizer got the highest percentage of rating from the community. Bobby Wood’s 7.57 leads the pack, with the 18-year-old phenom, Christian Pulisic, coming behind with a 7.01. They were the only two USMNT players to get over a 7.

Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, the captain went down with his ship as Michael Bradley received the lowest rating of all 13 eligible players. His 3.94 rating was a full rating point below the next lowest player on the field. Oof...

Now, on to Costa Rica where the USMNT hasn’t won...ever. How fun.

Final Player Ratings

GK: Tim Howard - 5.82

RWB: Timmy Chandler - 5.50

CB: John Brooks - 5.83

CB: Omar Gonzalez - 5.00

CB: Matt Besler - 5.17

LWB: Fabian Johnson - 5.82

CM: Michael Bradley - 3.94

CM: Jermaine Jones - 5.37

CAM: Christian Pulisic - 7.01

ST: Bobby Wood - 7.57

ST: Jozy Altidore - 6.62

SUB: Brad Guzan - 5.28

SUB: DeAndre Yedlin - 4.94

SUB: Michael Orozco - NR