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USA vs. Venezuela, 2019 friendly: Man of the match


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There’s no way around it, Sunday’s match against Venezuela was simply awful and it’s challenging to find any standout efforts of note. There were two players in the match who barely squeaked out a rating above a 5 and another two who scored above 4 in the community rankings.

Finishing first in this edition of the Man of the Match is damning with faint praise as none of the scores received would indicate a truly impactful performance. Having said that, the SSFC Community Man of the Match is newcomer Tyler Boyd who was appearing for the first time for the USMNT since filing a one-time switch and joining the US moving forward. Boyd is probably receiving some “new guy” benefit of the doubt but he did have a number of set piece opportunities and was credited with five key passes, as many as the rest of the team combined. However, the team was unable to convert any of the attempts into real danger. For his efforts Boyd received a 5.204 rating by the community. It’s difficult to take much away from a performance like we saw on Sunday but it has been presumed that Boyd will see a significant role in the upcoming Gold Cup.

The full SSFC rankings were as follows:

Zack Steffen - 2.474

Nick Lima - 3.916

Matt Miazga - 3.627

Aaron Long - 2.798

Tim Ream - 3.196

Wil Trapp - 1.928

Cristian Roldan - 3.143

Weston McKennie - 5.024

Tyler Boyd - 5.204

Gyasi Zardes - 2.938

Paul Arriola - 3.064

Jozy Altidore - 4.442

Walker Zimmerman - 3.985

Duane Holmes - 4.495

Jordan Morris - 3.880

Daniel Lovitz - 3.369

Would you agree that Boyd was the Man of the Match? Which scores seemed to high or too low to you? Let us know in the comments below.