USMNT vs Panama: Final player ratings see young forwards shine

Here are the USMNT player ratings after their 6-2 win over Panama

The USMNT grabbed a 6-2 victory in Austria on Monday against fellow CONCACAF side Panama. There were some impressive young performers following the draw against Wales on Friday. While the Americans put six past Panama, Jose Fajardo caused issues for the defense and became the first player to put a goal past the USMNT in over a year. Here is how the USMNT lined up:

Nicholas Gioacchini and Sebastian Soto were the stars of the show, each scoring a brace while Richy Ledezma provided two assists off the bench. Here are the USMNT player ratings from their convincing 6-2 win over Panama.

Goalkeeper

Zack Steffen – 6

Couldn’t do much about either goal.

Defense

Sergino Dest – 7

Played very well at left back. Was at the forefront of a lot of movements forward on the left flank. Would like to see him thrive more at right back, but no too shabby on the right side either.

Tim Ream – 6

Wasn’t bad. Had several important interventions and was left out to dry by his center back partner a couple of times.

Matt Miazga – 4

Let his marker score the opening goal from a free header. On Panama’s second goal, he got too eager and stepped to the ball for no reason, opening up a wide-open lane for Jose Fajardo to grab his second goal of the match. The former New York Red Bull defender did well to keep the ball alive to get the assist on the third USMNT goal. Hard to imagine Miazga starting for this team in competitive fixtures.

Reggie Cannon – 7

His indecisiveness allowed Alejandro Yearwood to send a brilliant ball in to assist Panama’s opening goal. Other than that, he was brilliant and provided a nice assist. Was good going forward and strong defensively.

Midfield

Tyler Adams – 7

Another excellent performance from Adams. Is a crucial component in connecting the defense to the midfield and keeping possession.

Weston McKennie – 6

Easily could have been sent off for a horrible challenge in the 50th minute. Other than that, he was solid and had some good runs.

Yunus Musah – 7

Quickly raising his stock with two excellent performances over this international break. Excellent with the ball at his feet and a great spark out of the midfield.

Forwards

Ulysses Llanez – 6

Expected more out of Llanez, but he was nothing more than average. Did have a decent shot that rebounded for Gioacchini’s first goal. Needs to make more of his opportunities in the future.

Nicholas Gioacchini – 8

Scored a first-half brace in his first start for the USMNT. Missed a good chance inside the first 10 minutes along with a poorly taken penalty that was saved by the keeper right down the middle. Showed up in the right places as the number nine, something that didn’t happen against Wales. He surely earned himself another callup. Displayed great instincts of a player that scores goals.

Gio Reyna – 7

Scored his first goal with the USMNT at the senior level with a sly effort to bring the USMNT level. Would like to see him take care of the ball a bit more. Would be shocked if he isn’t starting from now on with the USMNT.

Substitutes

Timothy Weah – 5

While still young, he is missing some big opportunities to earn more time. Had some nice moments, but didn’t do enough to warrant a callup when the team has everyone available.

Johnny Cardoso – 5

Struggled to get into the game.

Richard Ledezma – 8

Provided two superb assists. The Real Salt Lake product is another player to look forward to.

Sebastian Lletget – 7

Scored with a terrific header from Cannon’s cross. QUietly did some damage off the bench.

Sebastian Soto – 8

Headed in both of Ledezma’s assists to score a brace as a substitute. Showed how clinical he can be in the air. On loan at Telstar, Soto is a player that should be on everyone’s radar moving forward.

Chris Richards – 6

Debut came in the 80th minute when he relieved Matt Miazga. Didn’t have any glaring errors.