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Jordan Siebatcheu and John Brooks excel in USMNT’s close victory over Honduras

Although the performance of the United States was not very impressive, certain players rose to the occasion.

Jordan Siebatcheu’s goal gave the US men’s national team a 1-0 victory over Honduras in the Concacaf Nations League semifinal on Thursday. The Americans go to the final on Sunday, where they will face either Mexico or Costa Rica.

But, in this one, how did each player fare? For every starter, substitute, and manager, we have included our player ratings for the encounter.

All of the ratings are out of ten, with ten being the best. A red card in the first minute would be a zero. A ten would be equivalent to a dominating hat trick.

USA ratings

NAMEMINUTESHOW DID THEY DO?RATING
(GK) Zack Steffen90Was a little sloppy in the first half but made a big save in the second to deny the opener in a one-on-one situation. Did not have to do too much, but he held his own when needed.6
(DEF) Antonee Robinson78A little tense and slow to react. Gave a bit too much space at times. Was taken off in the second half.5
(DEF) Mark McKenzie90His performance was fairly solid. He looks comfortable next to John Brooks, but at times there is just too much space between them. Still a confident, strong player who has a role with this team.6
(DEF) John Brooks90The best of the group. A top defender who commands the backline, tries to keep things organized and can be just dominant. Was key to keeping the clean sheet and even got involved in attack.8
(DEF) Sergino Dest90His passing to split defenders was very good, but he was very poor at times in defense, needlessly keeping people onside and trying to be too cute when he cleared the ball. Lucky it didn’t cost them big time.5
(MID) Jackson Yueill83Really big tackle in the box early on to save what could have been a goal. Was calm on the ball, shielded well but had trouble with Honduras’ speed and physical play.5
(MID) Sebastian Lletget90Wasn’t all that involved going forward, which will be disappointing for him. Was able to drift wide and deliver a couple decent balls into the box.5
(MID) Weston McKennie90A quiet first half going forward but improved in the second, playing the ball well into space. He would have liked to have been more involved going forward early, but it happened late. His smart header led to the winner.7
(FWD) Christian Pulisic 90Got into space well and had a great chance in the first half. Also did very well to check towards the middle and get the attack going. Did not get as many looks on goal as he would have liked.6
(FWD) Gio Reyna77Did well in small spaces to beat defenders, and he was always alert as to what was around him, getting two good early looks. Taken off in second half, but was the best player going forward.7
(FWD) Josh Sargent78Made a critical goal-line clearance in the first half to prevent the opener but must have felt like he was at Werder Bremen with the poor service into him.5
SUBSTITUTESREPLACEDHOW DID THEY DO?RATING
Brendan AaronsonReyna (78′)Came on in the second but couldn’t get the looks he wanted.5
Reggie CannonRobinson (78′)Played 12 minutes to help the defense with some fresh legs and his top-tier effort.6
Jordan SiebatcheuSargent (78′)⚽ 89′ The super sub. Did exactly what he was asked to do, putting away his best chance with class. That has to earn him the start in the final, right?8
Kellyn AcostaYueill (83′)Most wanted to see Yunus Musah here, but Acosta came on and looked comfortable on the ball and kept shape.6
Matt MiazgaPulisic (90+4′)Late sub to waste time.N/A
MANAGERSUBS USEDHOW DID THE MANAGER DO?RATING
Gregg Berhalter5Just got by. Think he should have made the changes earlier, but you can’t deny the result. The thing is, this team wasn’t impressive much at all. The clear underdog in the final if it is against Mexico.5

Chelsea player ratings

NAMEMINUTESHOW DID THEY DO?RATING
(GK) Edouard Mendy90It said everything about how well those ahead of him did that all Mendy had to do was make a regulation save from Raheem Sterling early on and smartly claim an attempted cross by Sergio Aguero. He could never have imagined he would enjoy such a quiet night in the office on the biggest day of his career.6
(DEF) Cesar Azpilicueta90This will become a bit of a running theme around Chelsea defenders but Azpilicueta defended quite superbly and made a brilliant diving block on Riyad Mahrez’s cross from the right, which seemed destined to be turned in by a City forward. The club captain set the tone for the evening, fighting through everything including a knee injury to push his team towards victory.8
(DEF) Thiago Silva38His second final in as many years reached a heartbreaking conclusion when he was unable to shake off a groin injury. Before his early exit Silva had defended dutifully, mopping up and winning all his aerial battles.6
(DEF) Antonio Rudiger90In a night of superb defensive interventions there were few more vital than Rudiger’s block on Phil Foden around the half hour mark. He imposed himself on City’s cast of forwards, not afraid to chase them if need be but utterly authoritative in his own penalty area.8
(MID) Reece James90A phenomenal defensive display from James, his five tackles after 75 minutes by far and away the leading tally on the pitch. He won his duels, made his interceptions and got stuck in. There were few better on the pitch than the 21-year-old.8
(MID) N’Golo Kante90A game where Kante’s qualities came to the fore, that heady mix of energy and an understanding of the game that meant he was always in place to receive a pass or block an attacking lane for City. One of the great midfielders of his generation, this will go down as one of his crowning performances.9
(MID) Jorginho90So many of the occasions where Chelsea managed to play through City’s high press it was because the ball went through Jorginho. He rarely gave the ball away and kept possession moving, loath to risk conceding possession even if it meant more expansive play from the Blues.7
(MID) Ben Chilwell90An outstanding piece of recovery defending denied City a certain goal in the 10th minute, the start of an excellent display from the England international. His combination play with Mason Mount gave Kyle Walker a host of challenges.7
(FWD) Mason Mount                      79Who would have doubted for a moment that Chelsea’s wonderful young playmaker would be anything less than outstanding on the greatest of all stages? In the first half Manchester City created two chances. Mount created three, the pick of them a sublime through ball from which Havertz opened the scoring. As the pressure grew on the Chelsea goal he was filling gaps, chasing defenders and doing all he could to keep the lead alive.8
(FWD) Kai Havertz90⚽42′ If there was a small degree of luck on the deflection off Ederson’s hand for the opener Havertz had earned it with a smart run and the composure to try to dink the ball away from the City goalkeeper. In the first half in particular the German was very good indeed, energetic without the ball and showing real signs of creativity in the build-up.8
(FWD) Timo Werner66′A cocktail of Werner-ness, misses that must have had Thomas Tuchel clawing his hair out on the touchline and the sort of quality that got Chelsea into those positions in the first place. He should have done far more when teed up by Mount early on but his shrewd run gave Havertz space to charge into.5
SUBSTITUTESREPLACEDHOW DID THEY DO?RATING
Andreas ChristensenSilva, 38′He did everything that was needed of the anchor in a three man defense. If the ball came his way he gave it a boot to safety and he made a crucial late block on Foden. 8
Christian PulisicWerner, 66′The first American man to appear in a Champions League final, he nearly crowned that historical moment in magnificent fashion with a clipped finish that beat Ederson but drifted wide of the post. His direct running in behind offered a real test as City looked to push bodies forward.6
Mateo KovacicMount, 79′Largely just filled spaces for the final 11 minutes but he did so quite effectively.5
MANAGERSUBS USEDHOW DID THE MANAGER DO?RATING
Thomas Tuchel3This was a game from the Tuchel at Chelsea play book. His team did not finish all that well but they defended quite magnificently, showing the same intensity he brought to the touchline in their attempts to preserve the lead.8

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