Considering Bob Bradley was exploring the shallow end of the player pool (or was it the kiddie pool?), the disjointed defense, inability to connect the passing dots, and generally ugly, frenetic play was to be expected from out-of-season fringe players without experience together trying to prove themselves to the boss. Though we were getting reports of Bob insisting on Barcelona-style pass-and-move in camp, there was only one real flurry of coherent attack in the first half. In time-honored tradition, it was when the US conceded the point that maybe Chile played the technical game better and got on with being direct and physical that things started happening more consistently in attack.
With that in mind, it should be of little surprise that few players made a case to shove off towards the deep end of the pool. Dax McCarty covered tons of grass and contributed to both attack and defense demonstrating some incisive passing sprinkled in amongst the poor giveaways. Tim Ream continued to impress, particularly with his calm distribution from the back. Juan Agudelo instantly made things happen for a program that often struggles with just that sort of problem.
On the other end of the scale, Chris Wondoloski, Marvell Wynne, and Jeff Larentowicz can exit the pool altogether. They're good enough MLS players, but I can't ever see them being at home on this level. You could make an argument for Wondoloski not getting enough service to impress and struggling with the lone striker role, but I just don't see him ever being a factor for the full national team. Brek Shea, on the other hand, probably will make that step someday, but he needs to go back into the over for further cooking, particularly since he doesn't play a position of need, as say Omar Gonzelez, in a very similar situation, does.
The remainder were somewhere in between though positional need and promising moments mean I wouldn't mind another look at Zach Loyd (out of control at times, but confident on the ball in a way I like from fullbacks), Mikkel Diskerud (was trying too hard, but I think he'd be better surrounded by higher quality, calmer players where he's complimentary rather than central to attacking efforts), and Teal Bunbury (took his penalty well and caused problems with his physicality, though he also killed a few attacks by playing backwards rather than staying positive).
I'll be interested to see the roster for the Egypt game. Did anybody here impress Bradley enough (both in camp and in the game) to earn a look with the big boys?