KRIS LINDSAY - Saturday, September 7, 2013
The US team once again failed to win in Costa Rica. Here are the player ratings.
G - Tim Howard, 4.5: Should have done better on the second and third goal. Stayed in no-man's land on the final goal. His service wasn't great.
D - DaMarcus Beasley, 4.5: Beaten several times around the corner. Had a hard time coping with the speed from Costa Rica. Possibly could have stopped the first goal.
D - Matt Besler, 5: Was beat by Joel Campbell on the third goal, and picked up a yellow that will keep him out against Mexico. Helped to put out several fires, but was drawn out of position several times in an attempt to help out the outside backs.
D - Omar Gonzalez, 5.5: Did well in the back, but like Besler was drawn out of position several times. Was a better aerial threat in the second half,
D - Michael Orozco, 3.5: Clearly playing out of position. He was beat several times around the end. Very forgettable night.
M - Jermaine Jones, 4.5: Had a terrible beginning to the match, settled down and asserted himself better in the second half.
M - Geoff Cameron, 4: Passing was wildly inaccurate. He was the fault of a couple of giveaways in the midfield. Controlled a bit more in the second half, but his passing was not acceptable.
M - Fabian Johnson, 6: Very active in the midfield, one of the few bright points. His run into the box drew the penalty. He was a bit more quiet in the second half, but caused problems for Costa Rica earlier in the match.
M - Graham Zusi, 4.5: Good vision on the play that led to the Fabian Johnson penalty, but had little control in the midfield, and his passing was subpar.
M - Landon Donovan, 5: Didn't make the impact most predicted. Invisible for much of the night. Connected better pushing forward in the second half, but was largely neutralized.
F - Clint Dempsey, 5: Was fortunate to get the goal on the penalty after a poor take. Unlucky to hit the post after clearly beating Navas in the second half.
F - Eddie Johnson, 5: Not much of an impact into the game, tracked back a bit, but didn't create the much needed offense expected from him.
F - Jozy Altidore, 4.5: Picked up a yellow card late after a poor decision to shove a Tico. Had one shot that was deflected, leading to the breakaway goal on the other side.
M - Aron Johannsson, NR: Late sub.