Yedlin, Wood and Arriola impress as the U.S. eases past Puerto Rico
A transitional U.S. team took the field in Bayamon, Puerto Rico for a friendly that served as both a warm-up for the Copa America Centenario and as a way for Jurgen Klinsmann to get a game for several young players who might feature more often in the future.
As expected, the Americans dominated the ball and controlled the game. But Puerto Rico resolved to give the U.S. a challenge in a game that ultimately turned out to be a straightforward win for Klinsmann's men.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Brad Guzan, 6 -- For most of the half he played, things went about as expected as Guzan found himself untroubled by Puerto Rico. He might, though, have reacted a little quicker on Luis Betancur's goal.
DF DeAndre Yedlin, 9 -- Went up and down the right flank with impunity and created more dangerous moments for the USMNT than any other player. Improved defending was also on display.
DF Michael Orozco, 7 -- Positionally sound, he avoided any bad moments at the back. Smart with distribution and kept the ball on the ground.
DF John Brooks, 6 -- Unchallenged for most of the first half but was caught somewhat flat-footed on Puerto Rico's goal. Occasionally looks unsure of his positioning and should be more dominant in the air.
DF Tim Ream, 6 -- Scored the first American goal off a rebound. Mostly solid and untroubled at left-back, though he did give the ball away a little too much for comfort.
MF Perry Kitchen, 7 -- Deployed in an unusual right midfield spot, he handled himself well against overmatched competition and managed to provide some good service that teammates failed to capitalize on.
MF Danny Williams, 7 -- Physically imposing, he made his presence felt all day with plenty of touches and numerous tackles. Sometimes loose with passes that led to turnovers.
MF Alejandro Bedoya, 7 -- The captain for the day set up Paul Arriola for the debutant's first USMNT goal and generally provided good service.
MF Alfredo Morales, 7 -- Stepped into the attack with a few long-range efforts, including the one that created the rebound for Ream. Morales was part of a midfield that never had great rhythm but settled as the game went on.
FW Bobby Wood, 8 -- Looked great on his goal, which featured a smart run and quality finish. Clearly high on confidence heading into a Copa America that figures to be his moment to shine.
FW Paul Arriola, 8 -- Set up a goal and scored on his international debut for the senior USMNT. Made himself available and had numerous good runs.
GK Tim Howard, 6 -- Made a single save on low shot down to his right, but otherwise had very little to do.
MF Emerson Hyndman, 6 -- Buzzed around the midfield to reasonable effect but never looked entirely comfortable. His passing wasn't sharp.
DF Matt Miazga, 6 -- Had very little to do at the back after coming on for Brooks.
DF Eric Lichaj, 7 -- Played as a stay-at-home full-back in relief of Ream, conducting himself well.
MF Julian Green, 6 -- Showed a lot of energy on the left side and was clearly anxious to make a mark in his return to the USMNT.
FW Fabrice Picault, 6 -- Had a few good touches and might have missed a chance or two to create a shot for himself.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.