By, Kyle Gibson
Another day, another two goal performance for the US, which looked better against Turkey than Azerbaijan. Still, there were a few hiccups. This is a first for me in terms of assigning a rating to every player. Starters will be ranked out of 10 and subs will be ranked out of 5.
Starting 11 (Ranked 1-10) Starter Average 7.6/10
Tim Howard 9.0
Great performance by Howard, who did the best he could with an adventurous back 4. His stabilizing performance is something the team will need, especially in the first 15 minutes of the World Cup against Ghana, when all hell will probably break loose.
Timmy Chandler 5.6
A real howler of a game for Chandler. I tweeted before the game that he might be able to lock that spot up, but now it is apparent that competition is wide open. Chandler’s giveaway led to Turkey’s penalty and he was frequently out of position. He had plenty to gain, but ended up losing.
Matt Besler 6.5
I’m nervous that this is probably the only option for this point forward at the left center back. Besler looked shaky and his communication with Chandler was lacking. That being said, Chandler’s poor performance might have brought Besler down by osmosis.
Geoff Cameron 7
Starting to agree with Klinsmann that this is the spot for Cameron, unless Klinsmann wants to move him to right back, which he plays at Stoke. That would move Johnson to left back, where his two footed ability could help stabilize that spot. From that, Omar Gonzales could slide back into Cameron’s spot and continue his tried and tested partnership with Besler. I’m not Klinsmann, though. Steady game for Cameron, who gave up a penalty, but was between a ball and a clean sheet.
8 No, 8.5 (Goal)
Inspiring stuff today by Johnson, who I think has more than locked up his spot in the 11. His goal was a beautifully worked piece of skill by he and Michael Bradley, but also shows the necessities of the modern game, where a team NEEDS backs that can move forward. I think it’s safe to say Brazil has won a few World Cups in part because some of their wing defenders could be strikers for other teams, Johnson provided good organization, marking and the press forward that this team needs. I actually just talked myself into ranking him higher.
Jermaine Jones 8.3
We only had one half to watch Jones, but I think he proved he can play the defensive midfield position that will free Michael Bradley, as well as move forward when need be. He was shaky defensively early on, but improved later. His rating is so high today because of the boundless energy and selflessness he showed, taking all kinds of deflections and diving everywhere. Good showing by a very hungry player.
Brad Davis 8.2-1=7.2
Davis loses a point for me because of his blatant handball that he used to keep a ball in play. I know the referee did not see this incident, but it will not be missed in Brazil. Here are the positives, though: Brad has a golden left foot and he plays smart. He showed both of those abilities today for a good game.
Graham Zusi 7.7
Have we seen the two wingers the US will start against Ghana? Zusi has started both tuneups so far and has done a tremendous job, in my opinion, His crosses are precise from deep and he’s dangerous in the final third. Pace might be a question, but i think Zusi understands this limitation and doesn’t get himself stranded.
Michael Bradley 9.5
What more can you say about Bradley? I’m pretty sure his assist for Johnson reduced Ian Darke to tears. He also had a smart pass that set up the second goal.He was not afraid to come back and defend, which he does so well and he always played the right pass. My only concern, take a couple shots for yourself, Michael!
Jozy Altidore 6.7
By no means do I want to heap on Jozy Altidore, who I think is starting to frustrate fans with his goalless drought. With his hard work today, I think he should have scored today, but if he keeps working hard, that goal is coming soon.
Clint Dempsey 8.6
Clint was his best when he was terrorizing the Turkish defense. He can be hard to handle and his work rate produced a garbage goal. Of course, when you are playing Ghana, Portugal and Germany, there is no such thing as a garbage goal. It’s a positive that Clint has a poacher’s mentality ready for Brazil. Also, he returned to the flair he showed during his peak at Fulham, which will also be needed.
SUBSTITUTES (Ratings out of 5) Sub Average 3.38/5
Brad Guzan 4.3
Guzan was forced into action a few times in his half of action, more than showing he is ready for Brazil. The goal he gave up was, of course, not his fault and he actually guessed the right side on the penalty.
DeAndre Yedlin 3.4
Yedlin’s speed is going to be very important in the Group Stage, especially in the first two games. Showing he could defend pretty well was a positive sign.
John Brooks 3.7
Brooks might just throw a wrench into Klinsmann’s plans with the back. After all, he was very steady in his time on the field. I have a feeling he will see very significant minutes against Nigeria.
Kyle Beckerman 3.5
Beckerman’s style is different from Jones. He did not cover as much field as Jones, but that might not be an issue, especially if Jurgen wants the man behind Bradley in that diamond midfield to simply provide defensive cover and occasionally link up with Bradley. Beckerman is tenacious, but always organized, which could come in handy if the wild Jones loses the plot.
Mix Diskerud 3.4
We didn’t see a ton from Mix, but he was the last man in. I tell you though, his performances keep impressing me. He not only has pace, but it’s a very controlled pace. I like him at this point as a 60th minute sub when the US is pushing for a goal.
Julian Green 2.0
Julian, don’t look, your inexperience is showing.
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