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Ghana 1-2 USA: US Player Ratings

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Following the USMNT’s 2-1 victory over Ghana we look at the playmakers and rank their performances on the evening.

Tim Howard, 9: The US goalkeeper was at the top of his game all night long, and while he was forced into just two big saves, Howard’s presence was immense. No one on the entire squad inspires more confidence.

Fabian Johnson, 7: Interestingly, Johnson wasn’t targeted as much as DeMarcus Beasley by Ghana, and he was solid most of the night – but he was caught out on Ayew’s equalizing goal. In the end though, Johnson redeemed himself by winning the corner that Brooks scored.

Geoff Cameron, 8: Did very decent work all night, and was especially strong in the air. Worked well with both Belser and Brooks under siege all night and made a terrific World Cup debut.

Matt Besler, 7: Besler did well in the first half – doesthe fact that he was taken off for “precautionary” reasons speak more to Klinsmann not wanting to lose him going forward or does it speak to Klinsmann’s confidence in Brooks?

DaMarcus Beasley, 6: Beasley was targeted and often left exposed early, but he settled down and did a nice job from the 30th minute on.

Kyle Beckerman, 9: Perhaps the real feel-good story here: Beckerman was fantastic all night, expertly positioned and tough as nails. Along with Jones, he was the American’s best player as he made his World Cup debut at 32 years of age.

Jermaine Jones, 10: By far, this was Jones’ best game in an American jersey. He was everywhere, tearing up blades of grass while covering the entire field. You can’t say enough about his performance.

Alejandro Bedoya, 6: Bedoya worked extremely hard all night, and was good with the ball in tight spaces. He made a few bad decisions in the first half, and was substituted before the late fireworks.

Michael Bradley, 3: Bradley was bad – shockingly so. Over-hit and misplaced passes were commonplace. Bradley was the biggest reason why the US didn’t keep the ball. He knows he’ll have to do much better in the next two games.

Clint Dempsey, 8: His first minute goal was absolutely sensational. Still covered a lot of ground after breaking his nose. Deserved his captain’s armband tonight.

Jozy Altidore, 5: Altidore looked pretty good in his limited action, but he wasn’t on the field for long. Fingers crossed that he can return to play in this tournament.

Substitutes:

Aron Johannsson, 3: Johannsson was put in a tough position, but he did nothing to alleviate pressure as a target forward, and made some poor decisions late on.

John Brooks, 9: Overlooked because of his goal is the fact that Brooks was terrific defensively. It remains to be seen whether this was a coming-of-age performance, but it was one that he will remember for the rest of his life.

Graham Zusi, 8: It was a terrific corner from Zusi that set up the game-winner and cue American euphoria.

About Abe Asher

Abe Asher lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon. He fell in love with the intensity, stakes and spirit of football during the 2006 World Cup, especially during the Netherlands – Portugal Round of 16 game, which featured 34 yellow cards, 12 red cards, 129 screams, and 645 dives. Abe loves the Portland Timbers, and mostly tolerates his favorite European club, Chelsea FC. Abe is on Twitter @AbesWorldSports.
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6 Responses to Ghana 1-2 USA: US Player Ratings

  1. jtm371 says:

    Very fair would agree with your grades. Jones was a Beast MOTM by far. Would like to see Wondo get a shot vs Portugal.

  2. Flyvanescence says:

    Brooks was awful. We were getting shredded in the second half

    • Grayson says:

      Brooks vs. Ukraine was awful. I groaned when he came on for Besler after halftime. He had a few nervy moments in his first few minutes, but then grew into the game. He had several clearances that were vital at a time when the US just couldn’t do anything but kick the ball long and regroup.

      It’s weird that I WANT him to start against Portugal. All of this notwithstanding his game-winning goal. I want him in defense, and I didn’t want him in the 30 man roster, much less the 23. He was solid tonight after his first 5 minutes.

  3. D says:

    How many consecutive poor games from Michael Bradley will it take for the TV folks to stop referring to his mistakes as “uncharacteristic”. While still having the odd moment of brilliance, Bradley has been consistently bad for weeks. Giveaway after giveaway.

  4. Gregg says:

    I have to strongly disagree with owe ratings except for Bradley. When you get dominated in possession and were fortunate to win you can’t have this many players over 7.

  5. Sky King says:

    USA will never have a chance to win with Michael Bradley on the field. He is just so bad. I wish he was on whatever the other team is that the USA happens to be playing.

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