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USA vs. Mexico, 2019 Friendly: Man of the match

A vote as close as the game.

United States Men’s National Team v Mexico: Friendly Match Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

If you are looking for a silver lining coming out of Friday’s 3-0 loss to Mexico, our nation’s biggest soccer rival, you’ve come to the wrong place. The game was not particularly close on Friday and people are frustrated with the results, the system, and the process. The community rankings pretty clearly display that frustration. There was apparently one player who stood above all the others, the only player to score above a 5 in the rankings: Christian Pulisic, who finished with a 6.037 ranking and was thus your SSFC Man of the Match. What really stands out though are the number of rankings in the 2s and 3s, with seven players, including five starters, falling to that level.

The full SSFC rankings were as follows:

Zack Steffen - 3.260

Reggie Cannon - 4.402

Walker Zimmerman - 3.625

Aaron Long - 4.291

Sergino Dest - 4.309

Wil Trapp - 2.737

Weston McKennie - 4.405

Alfred Morales - 4.741

Tyler Boyd - 3.663

Christian Pulisic - 6.037

Gyasi Zardes - 2.254

Jordan Morris - 4.534

Miles Robinson - 4.215

Josh Sargent - 4.188

Daniel Lovitz - 3.396

Sebastian Lletget - 4.256

Jackson Yueill - 3.703

Clearly, there is a gap in talent level between the United States and Mexico currently, but the low scores from top to bottom beg the question of whether the players are being put in the best position to succeed. Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below.