United States 2-0 Mexico: El Tri player ratings

Posted by Tom Marshall

Kirk Irwin/LatinContent/Getty ImagesGio Dos Santos and Mexico were once again upended by the U.S. in Columbus.

If Mexico doesn't make the World Cup, it won't be because it lost 2-0 to the United States in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday evening. It was always the most difficult game of the hexagonal stage of World Cup qualifying.

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That's not to say Mexico improved significantly over the 90 minutes against its bitter northern rivals, even with Luis Fernando Tena in place of Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre on the bench.

Once again, El Tri failed to create clear-cut chances, lacked character when the chips were down and made individual blunders to aid opposition goals.

Mexico fans hope this is rock bottom, but the reality is that if El Tri can't find that spark to ignite the players in the last two games against Panama and Costa Rica, there will be no Mexican presence at Brazil 2014.

Player ratings (Out of 10, 10 = best):

Jesus Corona, GK -- 3: Shaky. Corona didn't seem to have gotten over the mistake that led to Honduras' opening goal on Friday. He came way off his line fishing for a corner kick in the 49th minute and was embarrassingly out of position when Eddie Johnson powered home. Corona is likely to get dropped, especially if Guillermo Ochoa can be persuaded to rejoin the squad.

Hiram Mier, RB -- 5: Clint Dempsey breezed by Mier a little too easily in the 22nd inside the penalty area, and the Monterrey player was beaten at the back post by Landon Donovan for the U.S. team's second. Mier didn't look like being the solution to the right back problem on Tuesday.

Hector Moreno, CB -- 7: Mexico's best player on the night. He showed some authority, gave Eddie Johnson very little change and was unlucky to be on the losing side. His highlight was blocking a shot from Donovan in the 28th.

Diego Reyes, CB -- 4: Overall Reyes played OK, making some decent interceptions and reading the game well. However, he was beaten to the ball when Johnson came driving in to head the first goal. Question marks remain about his physique at this level, although he is only 20.

Carlos Salcido, LB -- 3: Nothing seemed to go right for the veteran, who gave the ball away regularly. Another poor defensive header led to the corner from which Johnson scored. Salcido's future in El Tri's starting XI is in doubt.

Jesus Zavala, CM -- 5: Aside from the rash tackle to hand the Stars and Stripes an injury time penalty, Zavala fared well against the U.S. central midfielders, tackling fiercely and with aggression.

Fernando Arce, CM -- 5: Arce played a good first half, keeping possession well, harrying the opposition and moving the ball forward, but petered out after halftime.

Christian Gimenez, RW -- 5: Gimenez had Mexico's best chance of the night, with a curling left foot effort in the 19th minute and shot a fierce free-kick just over the bar two minutes later. Tidy passing, but Gimenez lacked the penetration to really cause the U.S. problems and his lack of width meant stand-in left back DaMarcus Beasley had an easy night.

Andres Guardado, LW -- 4: A match to forget for the Valencia player, who was largely inept in tandem with Salcido down the left. Cut inside too often and handed the U.S. the ball on a series of occasions.

Giovani Dos Santos, AM -- 6: Battled hard playing off Javier Hernandez and looked to be the Mexican player most likely to create something, although that isn't saying much.

Javier Hernandez, CF -- 4: Having played very little recently, Chicharito started the game with intent, charging around and popping up on each wing and even in midfield. The problem is that he needs to be in the box to do damage and all the running left him looking tired in the second half.

Substitutes

Hector Herrera (for Gimenez, 55th) -- 5: Failed to change the game in central midfield as the United States closed up to look after their lead.

Oribe Peralta (for Arce, 65th) -- 5: Fought hard, worked the line, but was limited in terms of both touches and chances. Unlucky not to have started considering his current form.

Angel Reyna (for Salcido, 77th) -- 5: The current Liga MX leading goal scorer was not given enough time to make an impact, especially when Donovan scored one minute after he came on.

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