USMNT World Cup player ratings vs Wales: Walker Zimmerman error costs USA, Tyler Adams singles

USMNT World Cup player ratings vs Wales: Walker Zimmerman error costs USA, Tyler Adams singles

The United States men’s national team produced a remotely consistent performance in their World Cup opener on Monday. Wales drew 1-1. The Americans looked impressive in the first half despite Tim Weah not creating many scoring chances, but in the second half, it was a completely different story as Wales gained control and Gareth Bale scored with a penalty kick to keep Greg Berhalter’s side on the ropes. Of course, that came after the biggest error of the game where Walker Zimmerman needlessly cut down the LAFC man in the box, giving up the penalty that changed the game.

But how did he and other Americans play? Here are our player ratings:


Matt Turner

USA • GK • #1

The Arsenal goalkeeper had nothing to do in the first half, and he probably couldn’t break a sweat. In the second, he made a brilliant save on Ben Davies in the 64th minute. Couldn’t do anything on the penalty kick, though the Rockets would get their hands on what was a shot.

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Sargino Dest

USA • D • #2

Picked up a yellow card early on, but it was harsh. On the ball, his touch was off at times, but he was solid for the most part. There were moments when his defensive position was questionable.


Walker Zimmerman

USA • D • #3

Sturdy and reliable, at least in the air, clearing some dangerous balls out of the box that could cause big problems. On the ground, it was another story. His foul on Gareth Bale to give away the penalty kick was reckless and surprising. He immediately realized that he had made a grave mistake.


Team Ram

USA • D • #13

Did well early with Bell looking strong in the air and he was always composed. Put up quality positioning late in the game and definitely earned more minutes. But don’t be surprised if he doesn’t play a yellow card against England.


Anthony Robinson

USA • D • #5


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A truly brilliant place. Strong during ball play. He moved well, linked up brilliantly with teammates and helped create chances. Ball recovered well and always looked ready.

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Tyler Adams

USA • M • #4

The best player on the field. The captain was calm and composed. Always played smart, checked the ball, instructed those around him and led by example. He made a late tackle on Bale which was quite impressive. He is the heart and soul of this team.


Yunus Musa

USA • M • #6

Vibrant, broke the line with a few runs of his own and continued to attack. She would have loved to be more involved, but her chemistry with these guys is growing and it’s obvious. It wasn’t consistent, but we have to remember he’s only 19.


Weston McKenney

USA • M • #8

McKenney’s best performance as an early card wasn’t limited by how aggressive he could be in attack. His passing wasn’t his best, and he didn’t really get involved in the attack at all. Such performances will only fuel him though.



Josh Sgt

USA • F • #24

Hit the post with his first good chance, forcing a header at the near post. Christian Pulisic was key in goal with his hold-up play allowing the ball to go and go. Faded a bit as the game went on but still put in a good shift.


Christian Pulisic

USA • M • #10


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Moved well into space and showed pace to pick up the ball from Sargent and feed Weah for the opener. He was knocked out pretty well, so it will be worth watching how he recovers over the next few days. But his support was extensive.


Timothy Weah

USA • F • #21


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The right side did well with limited touches early on but grew as the game wore on, scoring the opener with a beautifully taken shot just after the hour mark. His diagonal run was excellent, and he finished it with class, certainly earning more minutes going forward.



Brendan Aaronson

USA • M • #11

Just adds a bit of dynamic capability. His turns in space are great, and he gives this team some juice that hasn’t been able to capitalize on it. He probably should have had more than 24 minutes.


Haji Wright

USA • F • #19

A tricky little shift highlighted by good movement to head a ball towards the back post that was ultimately not dangerous. But his big frame and ability to shield the ball can be an asset if used correctly.


Kelly Acosta

USA • M • #23

His performance will be remembered for club team-mate Bale’s yellow card. The Welsh star caught Turner on his line and aimed to score from midfield. Acosta didn’t give him a chance, tackling him like he was playing another football. smart game


DeAndre Yedlin

USA • D • #22

A late sub who managed to clear the ball once and won his only ground duel. Had several chances to get the ball into the box but couldn’t do much with them.


Jordan Morris

USA • F • #16

A late sub who had three touches and was not a factor.

Coach Greg Barhalter

He prepared this team … to play 45 minutes. It was a good start for them and there was energy. They played the ball intelligently and never gave anything up. In the second, it was as if they played for retention and it finally hit them. Why not be a little more aggressive there? Not to say they played with fear, but it was far too conservative, especially after the hour mark. Rating: 6

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