The challenges of evaluating the United States Men’s National Team after half a month of glorious madness can easily be summed up by describing the four matches played during that time.
First off, the Yankees looked ‘very poor’ at worst and ‘rusty as they go’ at best in their first game against a world-class merit first team when they lost to Switzerland in St. Gall.
Then they were just “very poor” in a 1-0 victory over Honduras when they escaped – like their rivals Mexico – from the CONCACAF Nations League semi-final.
Third, there was what the final was like: a tumultuous and joyous 3-2 overtime victory that was more of a medley of everything that could happen in a football game than a sort of example of your exposure. average of the sport itself.
[ MORE: USMNT player ratings v Costa Rica ]
Finally, there was a friendly 4-0 win over Costa Rica that resembled the USMNT we’ve seen so many times between 2000 and Couva 2017, a show of superiority with a few warts for those who want to sort their tales. (this guy included).
And while it’s hilarious that Mexican players and staff almost uniformly demanded a far better performance than the Yanks in the final, there’s no doubt that Sorting were the second-best opponent the Yanks have played in over a year. And No. 1 is Switzerland.
Mexico managed 18 shots against 13 of the Yanks in 120 minutes, and their first half presented the best chances as Hirving Lozano’s accuracy (six shots, no goal) betrayed his four goals in the previous five games of the Mexico.
So how do you reassess the USMNT player pool at this point, after a fairly legendary victory and a friendly display of status against Costa Rica reminiscent of Clint Dempsey’s heyday?
I dunno. But we will do it anyway, and then we will re-evaluate after the Gold Cup.
Before we go any further, here’s a reminder of how we sort talents with some basic rules:
- The rankings are meant to illustrate who would be most likely to positively affect a USMNT game, regardless of their manager or teammates, at this time.
- Health does not matter to our ranking if a current injury is not an injury that could significantly alter the player’s skills in the future.
- Age / potential / experience doesn’t matter either, at least not very much; This is how likely you are to contribute to the team if you are put on the pitch right now. Obviously, Konrad de la Fuente is a better long-term prospect than Gyasi Zardes, but the Columbus Crew forward is currently better prepared for the scene than Barcelona youngsters.
- Finally, if you break a tie between players … ask which one you would be most upset about to learn was not available for a USMNT camp.
Towards the rankings?
A few notes before the numbers.
A few players took advantage of the relative difficulties of their position peers in the player pool.
This includes the rise of Walker Zimmerman and Chris Richards when Mark McKenzie struggled and Matt Miazga was left out.
And Julian Green: Greuther Furth’s midfielder remains criminally overlooked, but that should change when one of the 2. Bundesliga’s most consistent mediums hits the top stage, but we’re already strengthening him with a small step forward. rear over Jackson Yueill and a long look at Kellyn Acosta.
Adding Ethan Horvath to the roster as a second goalie is about his stunning performance against Mexico. Reggie Cannon is ramping up due to solid play combined with a mind-boggling calm from Sergino Dest which can probably be attributed to changes in position (that was Gregg Berhalter’s suggestion and we buy it).
Another note: is it amazing how deep possible players would have been one of the next big things for the USMNT in maybe 15 of the last 20 years? Remember Nicholas Gioacchini, Uly Llanez, Jesus Ferreira, Sebastian Soto, Chris Mueller, Tyler Boyd, Matthew Hoppe, Johnny Cardoso…. and a dozen others? Of course you do, and you’ll probably be considering their Gold Cup status again soon… but wow.
Top 25 USMNT players – post-Nations League, friendlies (latest ranking in brackets)
- Christian Pulisic, Chelsea (1) – As if there was another answer. Again the center of attention as the focal point of a team, Pulisic overcame the concentration and grime of Honduras and Costa Rica to deliver a historic moment despite being just average by his standards. high.
- Weston McKennie, Juventus (2) – It is not even debatable whether someone else should have been the winner of the best player in the Nations League tournament, even though Memo Ochoa was left behind by his team in the blows of set foot.
- Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig (3) – We only had about 100 minutes to remind that there is no one else in the pool who can fulfill their role in the XI as well as the Leipzig star.
- John Brooks, Wolfsburg (5) – What we wrote on Adams, just over minutes and in the middle of the back.
- Giovanni Reyna, Borussia Dortmund (5) – If we’re really honest about wanting to have a vigorous debate – and Reyna is very, very low in this particular one-on-one battle – we’re ready to raise our hands to stand on Reyna’s side of a “Higher Ceiling:” Pulisic or Reyna ”. You know, for the kids.
- Zimmerman Walker (10)
- Josh Sargent (8)
- Timothy Weah (11)
- Sergino Dest (4)
- Reggie Canon (14)
- Zack Steffen (9)
- Ethan Horvath (NR)
- Brenden Aaronson (19)
- Julien Green (18)
- Yunus Musah (7)
- Chris Richards (13)
- Antonée Robinson (12)
- Sebastien Lletget (15)
- Jordan Siebatcheu (NI)
- Daryl Digue (20)
- Bryan Reynolds (24)
- Matt Miazga (17)
- Jackson Yueill (16)
- Miles Robinson (NI)
- Tim Ream (NR)
Last five released
Mark McKenzie (Genk), DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray), Djordje Mihailovic (Montreal Impact), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids)
Abandonment of the last classification
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen), Aaron Long (RBNY), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United), McKenzie.
Deserving a place, but hurt in the long run
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)