BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, November 17, 2013
The USA struggled moving forward against Scotland Friday, picking up a 0-0 draw against the 35th ranked side in Glasgow. Here are the player ratings:
GK Tim Howard 6.5 Made a great save to deny a dangerous free kick from Robert Snodgrass, and held the clean sheet.
RB Brad Evans 4.5 Struggled around the edge, closing down attackers. His stock has been steadily dropping, leaving many wondering about who may fill the RB role in Brazil.
D Omar Gonzalez 6.0 Defended well enough to hold the clean sheet, nearly gave up a penalty on the handball.
D Geoff Cameron 5.5 Looked uncomfortable again in the centerback role, but played well enough to keep the clean sheet.
LB Demarcus Beasley 6.0 had great hustle getting forward, and was solid defensively on the left.
M Michael Bradley 6.0 The Roma midfielder came back to the lineup, and served in several great balls from distance. Didn't maintain as much control of the midfield as the US needed in the first half, and much of the second.
M Jermaine Jones 5.5 Got into some good passing lanes, but was largely invisible in the midfield.
M Alejandro Bedoya 6.0 Made a fantastic play with his effort to draw a corner, but was largely ineffective going forward.
M Sasha Kljestan 6.5 Pushed well going forward. He had energy that was lacking elsewhere in the midfield.
M Eddie Johnson 4.5 Lost the ball several times in the midfield. Didn't get into scoring positions, and was ineffective much of the night.
F Jozy Altidore 5.5 Hold up play was good, but wasn't able to finish the two solid chances that he had.
M Brek Shea 6.0 Passing was inconsistent, but nearly set up what would have been the potential game-winner with great vision. Got himself in to great places, but sometimes his first touch let him down.
M Mix Diskerud 6.0 Obviously felt a little uncomfortable sitting so far deep in the "Jermaine Jones" role. When he got up the field he was more effective, but didn't look sharp playing alongside Michael Bradley.
F Aron Johannsson 6.5 Brought great energy, fought for every ball, and got himself in a great position to win the game, but put the ball just to the right.
D Eric Lichaj 6.0 Looked decent in his return to the national team. Had a couple of tense moments trying to clear the ball, but eventually did clear the ball, and provided solid defense on the right side.
F Chris Wondolowski - No grade
F Terrence Boyd - No grade
Coach Jürgen Klinsmann 6.0 Again, the change to the 4-4-2 was effective in getting quality chances on goal. The question will be, however, why Klinsmann doesn't begin games in the 4-4-2 instead of playing stale until that change.