mercoledì 20 novembre 2013

U.S. grades vs Austria

The result was meaningless, but Jurgen Klinsmann and USMNT were upset after a 1-0 loss to Austria. The controversial non-call aside, U.S. men's national team performance was a bit disappointed. The U.S. didn't find a way to score and the players attempting to state their case for a roster spot for Brazil 2014 weren't particularly better. U.S. men will play just two more games before Klinsmann names his roster so they have to no waste their few chances. They didn't play better than they did against Scotland. Brek Shea struggled, John Brooks too while forward Aron Johannsson had up-and-downs. Geoff Cameron made a case at right back although Klinsmann has said that he prefers to line up him as centre back. Team improved with the introduction of Mix Diskerud and Eddie Johnson in the second half but they wasn't able to avoid their fourth loss of 2013.

Player ratings: (0-10)

G Tim Howard, 6 – No much to do about the goal.

D DaMarcus Beasley, 6 – A solid performance defensively.

D John Brooks, 5 – He struggled as centre back. Better in the second half.

D Omar Gonzalez, 5 – Didn't show comfort.

D Geoff Cameron, 6 – Played well defensively and showed that he could go upfield.

M Michael Bradley, 5 – Good with his passing, but suffered defensively.

M Jermaine Jones, 5 – Made some poor choices with the ball, and was ineffective defensively.

M Brek Shea, 5 – A bad performance performance, that's all.

M Aron Johannsson, 5 – It was Johannsson’s second start. He was deployed as attacking-midfielder in the spot occupied by Clint Dempsey. He struggled supporting Jozy Altidore, and had a poor outing.

M Alejandro Bedoya, 5 – No more effective than Shea.

F Jozy Altidore, 6 – The most active forward but he missed the target on a few opportunities he had.

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