Gonzalez and Orozco have a night to forget in U.S. loss to Guatemala
A trip to Guatemala City turned into a nightmare for Jurgen Klinsmann's team inside of 15 minutes, when the Americans dug themselves a 2-0 hole. Chasing the game for the balance, the U.S. never found the bit of magic they needed to pull themselves back into the game.
A handful of players put in decent performances, but as might be expected, the rest of the side had nights to forget.
GK Tim Howard, 4 -- Lack of playing time showed when the only two times he was tested resulted in Guatemalan goals. He was extremely slow to react on the first, when the ball deflected off of Mix Diskerud.
DF Geoff Cameron, 5 -- Competent for most of the night and provided an additional outlet up the field, particularly when the Americans needed to push after going behind. It says something that he remained on the field while Omar Gonzalez and Michael Orozco were pulled.
DF Omar Gonzalez, 3 -- A night to forget for the Pachuca man, to say the least. He was beaten down the middle by Carlos Ruiz for Guatemala's second goal, and launched long ball after long ball that only served to end U.S. possession.
DF Michael Orozco, 4.5 -- The better of the starting center-back pair, but only just. Never seemed in sync with his teammates, guilty of taking the easy route forward with his passing, too often lofting hopeless balls over the top.
DF Edgar Castillo, 3.5 -- Made a poor back pass that led indirectly to the first Guatemalan goal, setting off the disastrous American night. He was rarely effective going forward and looked frustrated by attackers all night on the defensive side of the ball.
MF DeAndre Yedlin, 5.5 -- Made his way up and down the wing to little effect for most of the evening, creating one real chance by using his speed to get to the end line, but was otherwise a nonfactor on the attacking end.
MF Michael Bradley, 5 -- Just about as anonymous a night as he could have as the central figure in the American formation. He provided no special moments and delivered pedestrian service on set pieces. He lacked chemistry with Diskerud.
MF Mix Diskerud, 4 -- Beaten on a corner for the first Guatemalan goal. He was unable to bring any creativity to the game, too often bullied off the ball in midfield. And he resorted to committing fouls to help slow things down when his subpar passing resulted in turnovers.
MF Alejandro Bedoya, 5 -- He worked as hard as anyone on the field outside of Bobby Wood, without much to show for it. He had two good chances to score but put his shots directly at Guatemalan keeper Paulo Motta. He made some notable defensive contributions, but ran out of gas.
FW Clint Dempsey, 7 -- Dempsey was the lone creative spark for the Americans, despite taking a beating from Guatemalan players looking to limit his impact. He created the best of the chances -- chances his teammates failed to convert. He made an adjustment to drop deeper when the U.S. fell behind.
FW Bobby Wood, 6.5 -- Wood fought hard all night, showing more passion than anyone wearing American colors. He suffered a number of fouls that didn't draw a whistle and worked the channels well, but did not see enough of the ball.
MF Darlington Nagbe, 6.5 -- Nagbe rought energy when he came out, running at defenders and pushing the attack. He combined well, and set up a late chance with a long run out of midfield.
MF Gyasi Zardes, 5 -- He used his pace to stretch a fatigued Guatemalan defense, but failed to make his touches count when his control let him down.
FW Jozy Altidore, 5 -- Brought on for Gonzalez as desperation set in with 25 minutes to go, Altidore did little more than serve as a target for long diagonal balls as the Americans chose basic tactics in a bid to find the goal that never came.
Jason Davis is a writer from Virginia covering American soccer. He also hosts a daily soccer podcast that covers the beautiful game. Follow him @davisjsn.