The U.S. men's national team managed a draw in Panama in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier, although it wasn't the prettiest game. The pitch was bumpy and bouncy, and the referee was keen to let the highly physical match go without stopping play.
Given these tough circumstances, here is how we think everyone on the USMNT performed:
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Tim Howard: 7
He was called upon for one big save on Alberto Quintero in the first half after Graham Zusi got beat and he came to the rescue again in the 59th minute to deny Luis Tejada at close range. He was otherwise fine at keeping the USMNT organized and distributing the ball.
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Omar Gonzalez: 6
Gonzalez bounced back from a poor performance vs. Honduras by holding his own in Panama. He read plays well and provided cover where it was needed, and made some key blocks. He had a relatively solid game.
Tim Ream: 4
It wasn't a great performance from the centerback, who presumably got the call due to Geoff Cameron's injury. He struggled to read the plays developing and get into the right spaces, and he got beat more than once. On Panama's first-half goal, he was the USMNT player in the best position to do something about it but didn't. He did hustle back often and made some key blocks, but his lapses were cause for concern.
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Jorge Villafana: 6.5
He was mostly fine and one of the more solid defenses pieces on Tuesday. He had his share of clearances and recovering the ball and his passing was alright. In a makeshift back line, he did decent enough.
Graham Zusi: 6
He may be the USMNT's seventh choice right back, but he slotted into the role and mostly did fine. He shut down Alberto Quintero more often than not, but he got burned badly on an overzealous challenge in the first half that forced a key save out of Howard.
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Michael Bradley: 5.5
He wasted a set piece on more than one occasion with poorly taken restarts, and he didn't offer much to connect the lines for the USMNT. He wasn't able to help the USMNT set the tempo in the midfield, which they needed. But he also kept things from getting out of control, which was needed next to a poor Jermaine Jones.
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Jermaine Jones: 3
Not very good. He struggled to find a way to impact the game and seemingly whenever he got the ball, he wasn't able to do anything good with it. He was finally subbed out in the 75th minute, but no one would've blamed Bruce Arena if he had done it much sooner. The one good play he seemed to make came on the Clint Dempsey goal when he knocked the ball to Christian Pulisic, but make no mistake: Pulsic made that play what it became.
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Darlington Nagbe: 6.5
As usual, Nagbe was very good in transition and in helping the USMNT get the ball forward in a game where they struggled to do so. Panama seemed to focus on containing him and fouled him constantly, which somewhat limited his impact.
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Christian Pulisic: 7.5
The poor pitch and highly physical nature of the match seemed to noticably frustrate the youngster as he was sloppy in possession and playing frazzled. But the moment of magic he produced will overshadow that. Clint Dempsey's goal was all Pulisic sticking with a play and beating a defender 1v1. Panama seemed intent on making Tuesday difficult for Pulisic, but that he still managed to find his special moments is a credit to the Borussia Dortmund player.
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Jozy Altidore: 6
The hold-up play and slick passing from Altidore that made the USMNT so dominant vs. Honduras was mostly absent in Panama. He didn't get the ball very much to allow that to happen, which wasn't entirely his own fault, but he also wasn't able to get into good areas. Defensively he offered a good work rate in defending from the front and pressing Panama, even if it didn't turn into much.
Clint Dempsey: 6.5
He scored the goal, which has to count for spomething. In a team performance that wasn't sparkling from anyone, Dempsey managed to impose himself at times and take chances to get the USMNT ahead. Arena's has praised Dempsey's penchant for trying stuff, and in cirumstances that didn't allow it, Dempsey did that, but looked noticeably gassed as the match went on.