domenica 2 febbraio 2014

Chris Wondolowski scores twice

USMNT beat South Korea 2-0 in an international friendly. Chris Wondolowski seized the day as he scored both his team's goals. The World Cup is months away but MLS-based players have few chances to impress Jurgen Klinsmann. San Jose striker did it. Another player who helped his cause for a final roster spot was defender Michael Parkhurst. He looked sharp despite playing in a unusual spot at left back, a spot where his new head coach at Crew, Greg Berhalter, recently told that will utilize him. Mike Magee, Chicago Fire forward and MLS 2013 MVP, wasted a chance as he was out the game with food poisoning. Centre backs Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez have emerged with a consisten performance such as right back Brad Evans. Kyle Beckerman and Mix Diskerud too had a solid display in the middle of the pitch. DeAndre Yedlin and Luis Gil played few minutes so they wasn't able to show their progress. MLS-based players next test will be when USMNT will face Mexico in April.

 Player ratings (0-10)

G Nick Rimando, 6.5 -- A good save to deny Kee-Hee Kim in the first half and a convincing overall game.

D Michael Parkhurst, 7 -- Solid performance defending.

D Matt Besler, 6 -- An accurate performance despite some giveaways.

D Omar Gonzalez, 7 -- Accurate in his defending.

D Brad Evans, 6 -- Good offensivley while he struggled a bit defensively.

M Kyle Beckerman, 7 -- He did his work with another high-level performance.

M Mix Diskerud, 6.5 -- A solid performance.

M Brad Davis, 6 -- Needs to improve defensively.

M Landon Donovan, 6.5 -- A constant threat in the final third.

M Graham Zusi, 7 -- He helped in Wondolowski’s opener and showed progress in the second half.

F Chris Wondolowski, 7 -- He scored both of goals. Wondolowski's performance didn't hurt his chances to reach Jozy Altidore, Eddie Johnson and maybe Aron Johannsson for the forward spots in Brazil.

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