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USMNT Player Ratings: Acosta, Steffen shine, defense suffers vs. Colombia

USMNT Player Ratings: Acosta, Steffen shine, defense suffers vs. Colombia

The U.S. national team were taken to school by James Rodriguez and classy Colombia with a 4-2 friendly loss in muggy Tampa.

After a bland opening-frame performance saw them head into the break trailing by one, the home side popped the top on their lightning bottle early in the second half to temporarily grab the lead through through fine strikes from Kellyn Acosta and Bobby Wood.

In the end, though, Colombia’s seasoned attackers made the young U.S. back line dizzy to pull out a see-saw victory with three unanswered goals.

Zack Steffen (6.5) – The USMNT netminder was repeatedly hung out to dry by his defense and shouldn’t be faulted for any of the goals. Steffen did manage a couple of decent saves and a strong smothering rush off his line.

DeAndre Yedlin watches Radamel Falcao | USA Today Sports Images

DeAndre Yedlin (4.5) – It was another in a string of disappointing displays from Yedlin, who fell asleep on Miguel Borja’s picturesque capper. He only sparingly offered positive passes going forward, and showed almost no interest in playing to one of his strengths by racing onto the overlap.

Matt Miazga (5) – The Nantes man was easily the best USMNT defender on the night, which isn’t saying much. A couple of early positioning snafus put his ‘keeper under stress, but Miazga was able to atone with a couple of important area shot blocks, including one near the line. However, he was also too slow to recognize the cutback target on Colombia’s second.

John Anthony Brooks (2.5) – Even more so than Yedlin, the Wolfsburg defender has been piling up woeful U.S. outings. And the mistakes Brooks is making are quite shocking: unnecessary steps out of position, shading key players to their weak foot and even a simple lack of hustle. The left center back was culpable on two goal leaks, and it could have easily been more.

Antonee Robinson (1.5) – The left back’s crossing game was off until he set up Acosta’s strike, which was his lone highlight of the game. Robinson habitually failed to recognize the overlap until it was too late, and this well-paved road into his corner allowed Colombia to put the hosts in serious trouble time and again.


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