The United States always hates the loss of Mexico, but even the most ardent supporters could find little fault with a 3-0 victory Friday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez discovered the result with a sharp, predatory effort, following the cheeky Native American Indian Indian sergeant at the Crown of Sergino Dest to create a place for a well-weighed cross. The United States struggled to get back in the game, but they really and truly dropped out after the second half substitutes began to come out. Zack Stephen's careless pass resulted in a subtle 2-0 blow to Eric Gutierrez, but later on, the home side chased after substitute Uriel Antuna finished off another counterattack to put the result in doubt.
There is little time for reflection as the US travels to St. Louis next, where the Americans will face Uruguay on Tuesday, but they still need to take advantage of what they have to gauge what went wrong with Mexico and Gerardo. " Papa Martino, who remains perfect after taking over as El Tri manager.
Forget the result: It was a tight defeat, but some players who consider it vital in the 2022 World Cup cycle have gained valuable experience against the type of team The US needs to match to get to the next level of talk. Mixing Dest Dest and Alfredo Morales, a couple under 20, was a nice boost in the seniors country and it was good to see the long-term rapprochement between Aaron Long and Walker Zimmerman behind. After all, a strong partnership with the center back can make a big difference in the game of tournaments.
Beyond that was a fine-tuning of the style of play of the Americans; It seems that they have received their homework and are striving to apply the new principles at every opportunity. Whether he's playing from the back – largely the hip trend for top clubs in Europe – or putting skillful pressure on Mexico in certain areas of the field, it's clear that Greg Berhalter is trying to do something new and different with this team.  Negatives
It's always nice to see new things, but the panicked nature of many American possessions when the ball was at Stephen's feet or those of a close quarterback showed there was a way to go. In addition, Mexico was constantly at ease with Mexico from start to finish; Mexico's players have consistently rushed to cross passing passes or get caught with strong touches.
Still, it feels rude to call these things negative, because at least they are willing to develop. And that improvement will be best in the future if the US manages to strike the right balance.
Manager Score of 10
6 – There is a feeling that Berhalter is moving at a glacial pace with change, but there is something about his American team that looks like a little different, even if the end product is as uneven as it was in its predecessors. As a good coach should, he will not dwell too much on a handful of individual mistakes, no matter how obvious, given that this can be expected in a new system and with a new group of players.
Player Ratings (1-10; 10 = Best. Players entered after 70 minutes do not receive a rating)
GK Zack Steffen, 4 – Accumulate sometimes with their distribution, looking for risky gaps from the back at times when a simpler approach would be clever. He failed to recover to deny Hernandez the opening goal, and then his constant efforts to play him from behind led to a great pass from which Gutierrez scored. You need to know better when to be adventurous and when to play it safely, otherwise trying to re-position the goalkeeper will do far more harm than good.
DF Reggie Cannon, 6 – Keeps things well enough on his flank. The best defenders are rarely seen because they just do the job. Cannon did well not to stand out.
DF Walker Zimmerman, 6 – Fine defense game. He managed to keep his cool in the 25 minutes of the first half after the opening goal when it looked like Mexico could score four or five.
DF Aaron Long, 6 – Usually stable, but lost Hernandez to the opener. Cemented as a key member of this squad.
DF Sergino Dest, 5 – A true mixed bag. There is obvious potential here, given his rise to Ajax power, but there are also many obvious edges to his game that will require refinement over time. Expressed true positivity and purpose on both sides of the ball, which is a plus. Still, he lacked a positive awareness of the off-ball tracks at times. He did a great deal of his defense duties, but was humbled by the nutmeg for discovering Mexico's purpose.
MF Christian Pulisic, 7 – Another extremely loaded performance by the Chelsea star and the undisputed leader of this country, he was in more than 50-50 challenge, fighting for every ball and showing little restraint. when trying to upset Mexico on the ball or forcing opponents to think quickly in transition. Yet he cannot do it alone.
MF Weston McKennie, 6 – He always plays on the front foot, something the United States just needs in the midfield against tough opponents. There were some positive, promising moments with the ball at his feet. Not afraid to shoot, but rarely created problems from 25-30 yards out.
MF Wil Trapp, 5 – Feels that he is constantly over his head. I can't put my finger on why that might be. You've lost the ball a lot and are in dangerous positions, something you can't do as a defensive midfield torque that puts most of the game in transition.
MF Alfredo Morales, 6 – Chaotic, but it brought the kind of energy that could be of use to the US in the midfield. The battle was hard, destroying Mexico more than once and also providing a bit of a bite. A real hero that this team needs. Seeing him enter the skin of more than one player El Tri brought a smile to my eye.
FW Gyasi Zardes, 3 – It's time to try some other options up front. There are certainly alternatives to the longtime crewman who touched the ball only six times in a great first half. (Only one of these touches can be judged to be in half of Mexico.) So much of the striker's performance comes down to the team play around him, but even then, Zardes failed to find himself in threatening positions or in situations where he can get the ball and make something happen.
FW Tyler Boyd, 4 – It seems like an eternity before that USMNT fans floated over the New Zealand striker's FIFA switch to represent the Stars and Stripes. Even so, his bracelet in the gold bowl against Guyana may have been misleading. He barely got involved in the final third, went searching for the ball several times, and failed to connect the game to passes, something without which he cannot pass if you play with two fronts. There must be some rapprochement, but for now Boyd seems a little lacking.
DF Miles Robinson, 5 (for Zimmerman, 58 minutes) – The Atlanta United FC product received a well-deserved debut and grabbed well enough. Fortunately, with a dangerous pass near the US network in the first five minutes of action, his inexperience showed with late Mexico goals. Yet, when his team chases the game the way the US should, few defenders will do better when they are counted.
FW Jordan Morris, 5 (for Boyd, 58 minutes) – Shock. He worked hard to get in position to win a late penalty.
FW Josh Sargent, 5 (for Zardes, 67 minutes) – Not the best state of play in which to show his skills, but he was still playful. A lost late shot with a weak effort that could add a little sparkle to a scary evening for US men.
DF Daniel Lovitz, 5 (included for Dest, 67 minutes) – Exists.  MF Sebastian Lletget, NR (included for Trapp, 77 minutes) – was on the ground.
MF Jackson Yueill, NR (for Morales, 90 minutes) – Occurs as a cameo for a late injury.