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USA vs. Canada, 2022 World Cup qualifying: Man of the Match

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Returning home from a disappointing draw, the USMNT settled for a second straight draw that felt more like a loss to start World Cup qualifying. With quite a bit on the line and facing a Canada team coming off a home draw with Honduras, the team came out and looked active but ultimately punch-less as they dominated possession but lacked incisiveness. The player rankings were not as dire as they were following the draw-loss to El Salvador, but they weren’t exactly a ringing endorsement either.

Goalscorer Brenden Aaronson was officially your SSFC Man of the Match with the highest community ranking coming in at 7.02, edging out Matt Turner (6.72), who was Thursday’s MOTM. Interestingly, three of the four substitutes received the only ratings below a 5.0. In the case of DeAndre Yedlin, the lowest rated player, this seems to be due to the community placing primary blame for the lone Canadian goal at his feet. For Konrad de la Fuente and Cristian Roldan, the ratings seem a bit harsh as they only had a handful of minutes to impact the game due to the late substitution utilization by Gregg Berhalter.

We’ve made a couple of small tweaks to the ratings this week. First, we calculated the average rankings with the highest and lowest ratings removed and have included those in parentheses behind the original rating. We’re sticking with the original rating as the primary to stay consistent, but thought there might be some interest in seeing how the ratings adjust if you remove the most biased votes. Not surprisingly, the manager’s rating is the most impacted by this adjustment, as Gregg Berhalter gains over a point in benefit. The other changes in rating are not nearly as significant and the most impacted is DeAndre Yedlin, who moves from a 4.4 to a 4.7. Second, we’ve also moved the manager and referee results to the bottom.

Here are all the ratings from the match, as judged by the SSFC community:

Brenden Aaronson - 7.02 (adjusted 7.01)

Matt Turner - 6.72 (6.70)

Tyler Adams - 6.65 (6.66)

Antonee Robinson - 6.59 (6.63)

Miles Robinson - 6.43 (6.44)

Christian Pulisic - 6.37 (6.30)

Jordan Pefok - 5.40 (5.50)

Sergino Dest - 5.35 (5.51)

Josh Sargent - 5.34 (5.52)

John Brooks - 5.32 (5.48)

Kellyn Acosta - 5.25 (5.37)

Sebastian Lletget - 5.15 (5.35)

Cristian Roldan - 4.81 (5.04)

Konrad de la Fuente - 4.81 (4.99)

DeAndre Yedlin - 4.40 (4.70)

Gregg Berhalter - 2.76 (3.99)

Referee Oshane Nation - 5.43 (5.77)

How does this line up with your thoughts on the performances we saw Sunday? Let us know in the comments section below.