venerdì 31 maggio 2013

USA player ratings

The USMNT was simply outclassed by Belgian team that were the best side on the field. Three of four goals USA allowed was coming from defensive mistakes.Center-backs Omar Gonzalez and Clarence Goodson appeared insecure throughout the game and the whole back line were unable to stop the huge opposition and contain Christian Benteke, which scored two goals. USMNT will face Germany in four days time hoping to improve defensive side of the game. Another key question is the lack of offensive power. USMNT goals came from a set piece and a penalty, with Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson, and Clint Dempsey that hadn't many good balls to play.

Player ratings:

G -- Tim Howard, 6: Received no help by his defenders but was solid making a fantastic save on Romulu Lukaku and worked with accuracy.

D -- DaMarcus Beasley, 6.5: He reached the 100 caps moving up and downs the flank a showing good skills on both offensive and defensive 1-on-1 situations.

D -- Clarence Goodson, 5: Overmatched and insecure playing alongside Gonzalez.

D -- Omar Gonzalez, 4.5: Simply unable to handle Lukaku.

D -- Geoff Cameron, 4: He scored his first international goal, but played a forgettable game. His defending was poor and didn't look comfortable all the evening.

M -- Brad Davis, 5: He started off strong but finished quiet. Not a good performance. He was taken off after 63rd minute.

M -- Jermaine Jones, 6.5: Jones' performance was good in a holding role. Erratic on distribution, he was solid defensively, covering a lot of space.

M -- Sacha Kljestan, 5: He played badly as he didn't produce good passes.

M -- Graham Zusi, 5: Started the match well producing a defensive effort but disapparead in the second half.

F -- Clint Dempsey, 6: Involved in both USA goals, provided some nice work against a strong Belgium's defense.

F -- Jozy Altidore, 5: Wasted his chance to play effectively as he did during his club's 2012/13 campaign. 

G -- Brad Guzan, 5: Exposed by a poor USA defense, he conceded three goals.

F -- Eddie Johnson, 6: Added energy replacing Altidore and won a penalty following an aggressive performance.

F -- Terrence Boyd, 5: Had little impact.

M -- Brad Evans, 5.5: Brought on good energy but added little to the attack.

D -- Matt Besler, 5: Not much better thanthe other  centerbacks.

M -- Stuart Holden, NR: Welcome back after his injury.

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