USA PLAYER RATINGS: Walker Zimmerman bounced back from Wales error to keep Harry Kane quiet, Tyler Adams put in a true captain’s display – and Christian Pulisic was involved in everything as USA held England to tie
The US and England have waited 12 years to match up once again at a World Cup since Rob Green’s calamitous error in a 1-1 draw in South Africa in 2010, with Gregg Berhalter’s side’s hopes of making it pass the group stage now depending on a result against Iran.
A wasteful Weston McKennie could have given the Red, White and Blue its first win against the Three Lions for the first time at a World Cup since 1950 but fluffed his lines from inside the box.
Here, Sportsmail’s Alastair Talbot rates and slates the USA players, with Walker Zimmerman, Tyler Adams and Christian Pulisic putting in stellar performances…
The US earned a precious point against England on Friday, and will look to win against Iran next
England manager Gareth Southgate shakes hands with some US players after the final whistle
Matt Turner – 6
Made a good save towards the end of the first half to deny Mason Mount. But other than that, the Arsenal backup goalkeeper didn’t have much else to do in the second and played with composure when called upon by his defense.
Sergino Dest – 7
Kept Raheem Sterling, who usually stands out with England, reasonably quiet on the left-hand flank. He didn’t contribute a whole lot in attack other than a few darting runs inside from the right-hand side, but played his role well.
Sergino Dest put in a shift at right-back, keeping both Raheem Sterling and Luke Shaw quiet
Walker Zimmerman – 8
Considering his costly error in the 1-1 draw against Wales, Zimmerman played well while being under severe scrutiny from US fans. Looked a bit clumsy at times with the ball at his feet, but rarely gave the ball away. Along with Tim Ream, he also kept Harry Kane quiet.
Tim Ream – 7
The more composed of the two US’ center backs didn’t put a foot wrong all game. He won his aerial duels with Kane and kept a vital clean sheet with Zimmerman, which will give them much-needed confidence heading into Group B’s last round of fixtures against Iran next week
Antonee Robinson – 7
Fulham’s left-back was a constant menace down the left-hand side for the Stars and Stripes. Linked up well with Pulisic and didn’t give much space for England’s Bukayo Saka to run into. He exposed himself defensively on a few occasions, but Tyler Adams was there to cover for him.
Scrutinized for giving a penalty to Wales, Walker Zimmerman didn’t put a foot wrong on Friday
Weston McKennie – 7
Industrious performance from the Juventus star. Ticked things in midfield for the US going forward but missed a glorious chance in the first half from inside the penalty box to give the US the lead. Hopefully, not a moment he regrets going forward…
Tyler Adams – 8
The US captain was an omnipresent shield for his side on the few breaks England had on the counter. Won his tackles and sometimes dropped in between Ream and Zimmerman to give the Star and Stripes a third-option center back. Overall, an excellent performance.
Weston McKennie was central to every attack for the US but missed the game’s best chance
Yunus Musah – 6
Played industrially, battled hard against the likes of Judge Bellingham and Declan Rice in midfield but wasn’t involved in as many attacking plays for the US as fans would’ve liked. The Valencia man could learn a thing or two on how to control a match from teammate, Weston McKennie.
Christian Pulisic – 8
The star man for the US was involved in nearly every attacking threat from the get-go. Ran at defenders all match long and was unfortunate to hit the bar in the first half.
All good things for the US came from its left-hand side, with Christian Pulisic taking the charge
Timothy Weah – 7
The son of former PSG great, George Weah, stretched the English defense with his pace, giving Luke Shaw a lot of running to do. Played with intensity but couldn’t find similar runs to the one that allowed him to score against Wales on Tuesday.
Haji Wright – 6
The Antalyaspor winger was in charge with spearheading the US attack and did not disappoint, though he did not impress either. Played his holdup role well but was often not involved in finishing his side’s chances.