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.