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U.S. soccer match report, goal video, ratings

In Juergen Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut, the Americans found their way in the second half to draw with Mexico, 1-1, before 30,138 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Video of Robbie Rogers’s 73rd-minute equalizer:

For U.S. player ratings by Post colleague Paul Tenorio and me.....

Tim Howard: 6. Not at fault on goal and largely unbothered.

Steve Cherundolo: 6. No major defensive issues, picked his spots to get involved in the attack.

Michael Orozco Fiscal: 7. Solid, composed, cleaned up mistakes, promising performance.

Carlos Bocanegra: 7. With young players on either side, showed leadership.

Edgar Castillo: 3. Exposed throughout the first half, rough outing.

Jermaine Jones: 5. Didn’t put his stamp on the match, distribution remains an issue.

Kyle Beckerman: 7.5. Comfortable in deep midfield role, kept things simple, covered acres of space.

Landon Donovan: 6. Labored to influence match in first half, provided more space after the hour mark and was then able to create.

Michael Bradley: 4. Wasn’t comfortable in attacking role, failed to orchestrate, clearly more suited for deeper slot.

Jose Torres: 6. Shaky on the flank but helped change the game when he moved inside with his ability to hold ball.

Edson Buddle: 5. Worked hard with little support and didn’t receive much service.

Brek Shea: 8. Ambitious, assertive, courageous runs. Perfect fit for Klinsmann’s attacking desires.

Juan Agudelo: 6.5. Ran at defenders, pressured backline, made smart run to initiate goal sequence.

Robbie Rogers: 7.5. Immediate impact getting into box for simple finish, displayed acceleration and creativity on the ball.

Ricardo Clark: 6. Reinforced defensive effort in closing moments.

Juergen Klinsmann: 7. Ambitious selections and formation seemed to backfire, but was willing to make tactical adjustments and showed confidence in young players with three key substitutions leading to the equalizer.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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