USA ratings vs Wales: Tim Weah is star man after confident goal but clumsy Walker Zimmerman costs his nation the win

    USA blew a 1-0 lead to draw with Wales in their opening match of the 2022 World Cup.

    Tim Weah scored in the 36th minute but Gareth Bale’s 82nd minute penalty salvaged a crucial point for the Dragons.

    Tim Weah celebrates after scoring the opening goal of USA's draw with Wales

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    Tim Weah celebrates after scoring the opening goal of USA’s draw with WalesCredit: Reuters

    Here’s how SunSport’s Jordan Davies rated the States…

    MATT TURNER – 6

    Could have gone and stood in the desert for the first 45 minutes and still not had a shot fired at him, let alone ripple his net. Had no chance with the penalty, however.

    SERGINO DEST – 6

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    Picked up an unnecessary yellow card early on for a lunge on Neco Williams, but went on to play his part in an impressive defensive display, especially under pressure in the final stages.

    WALKER ZIMMERMAN – 4

    Was having one of the more comfortable nights of his international career, only to give away a clumsy penalty on Gareth Bale. Ultimately cost USA the win.

    TIM REAM – 7

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    Despite his tender years and 14-month absence from international action, he looked right back at home. Not that the Fulham defender was tested much by the Welsh forwards.

    ANTONEE ROBINSON – 7

    Flew up and down the left wing at will, causing Wales’ back five all sorts of issues, and was a nuisance in the tackle all night long.

    YUNUS MUSAH – 8

    Played well beyond his 19 years in a midfield three, driving forward with composure. Wales could have done with someone like him in their ranks.

    WESTON MCKENNIE – 6

    Another player to get cautioned with a silly challenge that left him stepping on eggshells, but showed maturity to stay composed come through that.

    TYLER ADAMS – 7

    The youngest captain for USA’s men at a World Cup, he led by his actions, covering every blade of grass across and dictating the tempo.

    CHRISTIAN PULISIC – 7

    Everything good about the States came down the left through the Chelsea winger, darting around Welsh defenders before teeing up Tim Weah for the opener.

    TIM WEAH – 8

    Almost forced Joe Rodon into an own goal after finding some space down the right, yet made no mistake one-on-one with Wayne Hennessey just before the break.

    JOSH SARGENT – 7

    Missed glorious chance with header at near post inside 10 minutes, and did a lot of the donkey work that will perhaps go unrecognised leading the line.

    SUBS

    BRENDEN AARONSON (MCKENNIE, 66) – 6

    Somehow missed a free header from a floated Pulisic cross six minutes after entering the field.

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    HAJI WRIGHT (SARGENT, 74), DEANDRE YEDLIN (DEST, 74), KELLYN ACOSTA (MUSAH, 74) – N/A, JORDAN MORRIS (WEAH, 87)

    All four subs had little time to make a lasting impact, especially as Wales were dominating possession and pushing forward towards the end.

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