RJ DEMELLO - Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The United States grinded out a one goal win Tuesday in World Cup Qualifying against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium.

A big three points for the States on a night that good teams have to find a way to win. Some players stuck out more than others, here are my ratings for the game.


Tim Howard- 7 - To me his best game in a national team shirt in a little while. He did well to save Andy Najar's first half shot at a critical point in the match. Howard was also strong off of his line; all of that and a clean sheet mean a solid rating for the goalkeeper.


Brad Evans- 6.5 - The Seattle Sounder had a relatively solid night at right back for the stars and stripes. Didn't seem too troubled by Honduras and any time you are part of a clean sheet performance as a defender will mean a good rating.

Omar Gonzalez- 6 - The weaker of the two center backs on the night as he continues to be good for a solid mistake or two a night. Other than that did what he needed to do and could be a part of a special tandem with Matt Besler.

Matt Besler- 7- To be fair to Gonzalez he did have a bad give away as well, with it leading directly to Najar's chance. But throughout the rest of the match his play was stellar. Put in some great challenges and seems to be very confident in his game. He should be an absolute lock to start in Costa Rica in September.

Fabian Johnson- 7.5- The only question now is, where exactly do you play this guy? He has played well at left midfield but against Honduras put in a great performance at left back. His service from the left and assist on Altidore's goal, added with the defense's clean sheet, mean a great rating for Johnson.


Graham Zusi- 7- It was another impressive performance to add to the list for Zusi. He does the work on both sides of the ball and at times looked like the sole creator of this offense. His service from the flanks will be integral as this team moves towards Brazil.

Jermaine Jones- 4.5- Jones had a tough game back after missing out on the last with a concussion. On the ball he was suspect and of course drew a yellow card. He should get some much needed rest and be ready to take his spot in the midfield against Costa Rica.

Michael Bradley- 6- The Roma midfielder was certainly the better of the two in the middle on the night for sure. Had some good distribution but looked to struggle to partner with Jones throughout which hurt the team. Some want Cameron to partner with him (myself included) but Klinsmann will stick with Jones.

Eddie Johnson- 5- To me EJ didn't add much to the cause on the evening. He showed that while serviceable he is no winger and the United States shouldn't rely on him as such. If Landon Donovan is fully fit and with the team you have to think that is a perfect spot for him to slot right in.

Clint Dempsey- 6- This was another game that Dempsey did the little things the team needed him to do to win. Tracking back late and playing through Fabian Johnson on the buildup to the goal are on the plus side but again looked stranded for stretches.


Jozy Altidore- 6.5- Four goals in four games and Altidore is clearly confident in his game. The Alkmaar star is looking better with his back to goal and putting away the chances he should be putting away. Now the most important thing for the young striker is if he is to move clubs make sure it is the right move for him.


Geoff Cameron- 5.5- His rating suffers a bit from his short time on the field but again looked comfortable in the middle of the park. This game could have used him from the beginning to free up Michael Bradley to dominate like he can.

Brad Davis- 5- Made a nice run to draw a foul but other than that a pretty non-extravagant outing. Didn't see too much of his service throughout this stretch of games but should still be a valuable component moving forward.

Edgar Castillo- NR- His seven minutes were too short of an appearance to give any kind of rating. Klinsmann choosing not to start him shows that the head coach doesn't have the most confidence with him at the moment. Castillo has some work to do to get substantial minute in the future.

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