Saturday, January 28

El Salvador vs. USMNT score, ratings: Jordan Morris rescues late point with header in injury time


Jordan Morris came off the bench and rescued a point for the United States men’s national team in a 1-1 draw at El Salvador on Tuesday in Concacaf Nations League play. Morris, the all-time leading scorer in the competition’s history with five goals, headed home a cross by getting inside his defender before heading to the far post with little time left. The US now have four points from two games in League A’s Group D. Here’s the typing goal:

The goal came at a moment in the match where the US were just sharper, building on a solid second half and getting a boost when El Salvador saw red with just over 10 minutes to go to make it 10-v-10. Luca de la Torre positioned himself well after a failed cross to whip in a ball right into the heart of the box, and Morris didn’t waste it.

The victory avoids what would have been an embarrassing defeat as the US have lost to El Salvador just once, back in 1992.

With the match taking place on a shockingly poor, wet and destroyed pitch at the Estadio Cuscatlan, it was Alexander Larin’s goal in the 35th minute that gave the hosts the narrow lead. The Communications left back went for goal from a narrow angle, and nobody saw it coming, including goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, who was left stunned and frozen.

Both teams finished with 10 men thanks to Paul Arriola and Ronald Gomez seeing red, though Arriola’s dismissal was harsh. No VAR meant that it couldn’t be reviewed, putting the US in a tough spot that they managed to climb out of. And just when defeat seemed likely, a determined USMNT came to life when it mattered most with Morris’ quality goal.

The loss stretches the USA’s unbeaten streak against El Salvador to 20 matches.

USMNT Player ratings

But how did each player perform in this one? Here are our player ratings for the match for every starter, substitute and manager.

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All ratings are out of 10, and the higher the number the better. A zero would be a first-minute red card. A 10 would be like a dominant hat trick.

Considering that the match was played in terrible conditions, the ratings for Tuesday’s match should be taken with a grain of salt. While there were plenty of mistakes to go around, and the way the team concedec El Salvador’s goal was bad, when it came to putting together a coherent attack, it was easier said than done in the torrential downpour in San Salvador that was better for a tough mudder than a soccer match.

(GK) Ethan Horvath

90

Horvath only made one mistake — and he wasn’t helped by Cannon allowing the shot from a tricky angle — but it will come back to bite him as he was caught flat footed on El Salvador’s goal. He could rebound from this with regular playing time for Nottingham Forest but without that, he may have lost his roster spot to Sean Johnson.

5

(DEF) Antonee Robinson

90

Robinson hasn’t been himself going forward lately which can be expected after such a long European season. Only creating one chance in a match when he often took up advanced positions was disappointing but he was defensively sound.

6

(DEF) Aaron Long

90

Another strong performance for Long as he was asked to take on a different role in the tough conditions. I have attempted a team high 103 passes and didn’t lose a duel or a header in the match. Without a strong showing from Chris Richards to start the season, Long is likely your starter next to Walker Zimmerman at the World Cup.

7

(DEF) Cameron Carter-Vickers

81

A shaky start to the game saw Carter-Vickers rebound as the match went on. He brought an important bite to the game when things started getting chippy.

6

(DEF) Reggie Cannon

90

Not Cannon’s finest moment to cap what hasn’t been a great international window for him. He did n’t close down fast enough on El Salvador’s goal and was beaten multiple times while not bringing much to the attack.

5

(MID) Tyler Adams

80

Adams looked a little lost at times in the first half but brought a different look — and some wrestling moves — to the match after the break. It’ll be interesting to see how Berhalter tinkers with things with a healthy Weston McKennie, but Adams was effective dropping into a back three when the team went down to 10 men.

6

(MID) Brenden Aaronson

Four. Five

Struggled to find the game and was withdrawn at the half. The midfield experiment doesn’t seem to be going as well within Concacaf as it did versus stronger sides which is something that Aaronson and Berhalter will need to work on.

5

(MID) Yunus Musah

90

Almost every good thing that the team did came via Musah. From his mesmerizing runs from him to forcing three saves out of Gonzalez for El Salvador. Musah has been growing into his own as of late and it could not have come at a better time for the team.

8

(MID) Christian Pulisic

90

Pulisic created a team high two chances in the match which says all that you need to know about the game that happened. He led the fight by the team to charge back into things and wore the captain’s armband well even if he didn’t have optimal conditions to make things work on the pitch.

7

(FWD) Tim Weah

61

Weah didn’t see much of the ball as the team wasn’t able to find him. He was direct as always creating a chance and putting a shot on frame but this just wasn’t a match for a player of his style in those conditions.

7

(F.W.D.) Haji Wright

Four. Five

Another anonymous performance for Wright. While it wasn’t on him at all, he’s a forward who needs support and since the United States doesn’t utilize a natural ten, he can disappear in games like this. Only nine touches just isn’t enough to go off of.

6

Weston McKennie

Aaronson, (’45)

He looked more like himself orchestrating the midfield. McKennie only misplacing three passes in those conditions was pretty impressive and he almost created a goal the second that he came on.

7

Jesus Ferrera

Wright, (’45)

This was the night that Jesus Ferreira likely won the starting role at the World Cup for good. He took a similar amount of touches to Wright but it’s what he did without the ball that made a difference both pressing and opening attacking lanes for the United States.

6

Paul Arriola

Wow, (’61)

Uh, Aarola spent a grand total of nine minutes on the pitch before being sent off for a high boot in the 70th minute. While it’s true that his foot was high, it’s also important to look at the circumstances to explain why his slide was erratic in those conditions. tough-break

4

Jordan Morris Adams, (’80) ⚽ 90′ Not only did Morris score the equalizer, if the tournament had VAR he would’ve also drawn a penalty via a handball. An excellent sub appearance and maybe enough to grab a spot at the back end of the World Cup roster. 8
Luke of the Tower Carter-Vickers, (’81) Getting more decisive with his passing by the day, de la Torre was a sparkplug assisting Morris’s equalizer and pinging the ball around in limited minutes. 7

Gregg Berhalter

5

It does feel like Berhalter learned something from the match which is all that you can ask for. The team showed that they can fight and the removal of Carter-Vickers for an attacker helped push for the equalizer. Not a match that much can be drawn from but good enough.

6




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