RJ DEMELLO - Tuesday, June 4, 2013
What a difference a few days make as the United States held on for a 4-3 victory over a weakened German side.

There was some good and some bad of course from the performance which means players are rated both great and poor. Let's remember that the defense did give up three goals, unacceptable on any day.


Tim Howard - 5.5 - He did let in three goals but to me his only let down was on the third. For me he has to hold on to that initial shot instead of parrying it right into the path of Julian Draxler. Howard did make some timely saves throughout different parts of the game.


Brad Evans - 6 -Most people have him rated higher but to me the defense is a unit and if your unit gives up three goals it factors into your performance. He played quite well throughout breaking up plays and even offering a bit going forward. To be harsh on Evans, Draxler was his man when he drifted behind the defense to tap in Howard's save.

Omar Gonzalez - 4 - In a ratings system where five is an average performance, there is no way a man who is at fault for one if not two goals had an average performance. Gonzalez continues to have mental lapses throughout games which can be more hurtful when the games mean something. Was relatively solid otherwise and could be the key player in this defense if he can play a mistake free 90 minutes.

Matt Besler - 5.5 - Was the better of the two center backs on the day and looks to be solidifying his spot. Besler wasn't directly at fault for any of Germany's goals, but did have some mishaps. Just check out in the first half when he got burnt by Andre Schurrle only to have the German's shot go just wide. Look for him to get the start Friday in Jamaica.

DaMarcus Beasley - 6 - At this point, how can Beasley not be the starting left back in Jamaica? Sunday was another solid performance on both ends of the field for the veteran. Great move in the second half to work a shot on goal, but was the initial player beat by Schurrle in the first half. Not a surprise to me that Germany had an easier time once he was off the field.


Graham Zusi - 6 - Another solid performance from the Sporting Kansas City man, only increasing his stranglehold on a starting spot. Puts in the work on both sides of the ball and has rewarded Klinsmann's faith in him. Of course he provided the beautiful ball that Jozy Altidore buried for the opening goal.

Michael Bradley - 6.5 - This game showed just how much this team needs Michael Bradley. His composure on the ball and great defensive work rate to apply pressure to the ball makes an incredible difference. His run into the box opened up the space for Dempsey to bury his first goal. He tired some towards the end of the match but overall quality performance.

Jermaine Jones - 6.5 - Jones also had a quality outing applying the pressure that led to the own goal and playing the ball into Altidore that he then crossed to Clint Dempsey to make it 3-1. There is no doubt right now that Bradley and Jones are the first choice pairing in the center of the United States midfield.

Fabian Johnson - 5.5 - It was unfortunate that he had to go off at the half due to a hamstring ailment. Looked solid on the wing and with Beasley continuing to impress perhaps the Hoffenheim man can stay at his more natural position.

Clint Dempsey - 8 - As Dempsey goes so does the United States. Two wonderful goals, another shot on goal, the ball to Zusi that he crossed in for Altidore's opener, it was all around great play. Dempsey's quality willed this team to victory, and it was only fitting his goal to move into second on the all time top scorers list behind Landon Donovan was an absolute stunner.


Jozy Altidore - 7.5 - This is the Altidore the United States has been waiting for. Playing through the middle, and causing fits for the opposing team's center backs. A beautiful goal and an assist are hopefully the signs of production to come heading into this next crucial set of games.


Brad Davis - 5.5 - Came on at halftime for the injured Fabian Johnson and put in a solid 45 minutes. He hasn't overly impressed in his two recent appearances but may find his way back into the starting lineup if Fabian Johnson is not ready to go for Friday.

Eddie Johnson - 5 - Again generally put himself in good spots and played a role in the buildup play to Dempsey's second. Solid efforts in the past two games mean he may also be in contention to start against Jamaica if Fabian Johnson is unable to play.

Edgar Castillo - 4 - It seemed that Castillo still didn't have his legs under him after arriving in camp from Brazil where he played in a Copa Libertadores match Thursday. He was beat by Sydney Sam on his initial shot that lead to the third Germany goal and on other occasions as well. The Tijuana man didn't help his stock in the chance to start Friday in Jamaica.

Terrence Boyd - 4.5 - Another appearance another struggle for the young striker. Seemed to let his enthusiasm get to his head when instead of taking the ball to the corner, he dribbled into the middle and attempted an unneeded shot. Dempsey made sure to let him know of his mistake both during and after the game.
Tuesday June 4, 2013 2:49 pm
Altidore played up to his potential because he had better than usual service into or near the box. It's absolutely critical that the middys make accurate passes to him for Jozy to be effective. We need to play with two forwards with Dempsey playing underneath them. I would prefer Jozy and Boyd.

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