United States defense crumbles as Chile snatch victory in Rancagua
Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore scored first-half goals for the United States, but it wasn't enough as the national team opened its 2015 schedule with an entertaining 3-2 friendly loss -- its third in as many games -- against hosts Chile at the Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua, Chile.
Here's how the individual American players performed in the match:
Player Ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Nick Rimando, 5 -- Helpless on the three goals against but also uncharacteristically shaky in distribution. Made his best save on Diego Valdes after a Jermaine Jones turnover when the score was 1-1.
DF Steve Birnbaum, 5.5 -- Aside from an own-goal scare in the second half, it was a promising debut from the D.C. United center-back, who was deployed on the right side of Jurgen Klinsmann's experimental three-man defensive line.
DF Jermaine Jones, 4 -- After two mostly solid outings as a defender (late last year against Honduras and Ecuador), Jones' learning curve was apparent in this match, with far too many turnovers and a lack of positional discipline throughout.
DF Matt Besler, 4 -- Started the match with aplomb, serving in a wonderful ball for Shea to finish first time. Undid that good work immediately by losing Roberto Gutierrez on Chile's equalizer. Didn't appear on the same page as Jones at all.
MF DeAndre Yedlin, 6.5 -- Did well to find space and consistently get forward on the right side, even if his final ball was lacking most of the night. Defensively, he looked comfortable in a wingback role, especially one-one-one against the dangerous Mark Gonzalez, who (through no fault of Zedlin's) scored Chile's final two goals.
MF Michael Bradley, 6 -- Solid. Did well covering Jones' forays forward and nearly scored on a second-half bomb that stung the Chilean crossbar. Only blemish was a first-half yellow card.
MF Clint Dempsey, 6 -- Took a ton of punishment for the cause, repeatedly drawing fouls in dangerous areas in the first half. Connected well with teammates, Altidore in particular, before exiting with just more than 20 minutes to play.
MF Mix Diskerud, 6.5 -- Began 2015 like he finished last year, as an emerging lynchpin of the U.S. attack. It was Diskerud's slick feint and quick pass that made Altidore's first-half goal. Faded later.
MF Brek Shea, 6 -- Superb left-foot finish early off a seeing-eye pass from Besler. Less involved afterward, as the U.S. attacked mostly through Yedlin on the opposite side.
FW Jozy Altidore, 6 -- Struggled in possession early but took his goal clinically. Played with confidence after that, with touches that were noticeably sharper -- although it was his giveaway that led to Chile's second goal.
FW Bobby Wood, 3 -- Quiet in 45 minutes of action before being pulled at the break. Was lucky not to get burned after losing his mark on a late first-half corner.
MF Lee Nguyen, 6 -- After a brief cameo against Colombia last year, Nguyen got a full half to operate behind Altidore and Dempsey. He nearly reproduced the magic he made last season in Major League Soccer, too, but his curling, 77th-minute strike sailed just wide of the post.
MF Wil Trapp, 5.5 -- The Columbus Crew man kept it simple in his half-hour of action, taking up good positions and partnering well with Bradley in the middle of the field.
FW Gyasi Zardes, 7 -- Active and involved -- he had two good looks -- after replacing Dempsey in the 68th minute of what will surely be the first of many U.S. games for the Galaxy striker.
FW Chris Wondolowski, 6 -- The Brazil 2014 veteran came on for Altidore with 15 minutes to go. Tested keeper Johnny Herrera soon after with a flick header off a Bradley pass.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @DougMacESPN.