USMNT Player Ratings From USA vs Portugal World Cup Game

Who said soccer was boring, eh, sports fans?! The United States of America were some thirty seconds away from the World Cup knockout stages and a stranglehold on the Group of Death, but a Cristiano Ronaldo cross, headed in by Silvestre Varela, broke American hearts.

Still, this US team has nothing to be ashamed of. They were the better team. USA scored two fantastic goals. And they are still in line to advance. After that performance, they certainly should.

Here are the player ratings.

Tim Howard, 9: Save for one strange moment on Nani’s late first-half screamer, Howard was unspeakably good. He had multiple jaw-dropping saves, and continues to be the United States’ best and most reliable player.

DeMarcus Beasley, 9: Vastly underappreciated by the majority of fans and pundits, Beasley was terrific. He was perfect in defense. Smart, quick, assured. This was a massive improvement over his performance against Ghana.

Geoff Cameron, 3: Cameron had a very tough night. His howler let in Nani for the first goal, and he was the man who lost Varela on the equalizer. He got away with a yellow-card worthy tackle on Ronaldo at the end of the first half, and was a weak-link in the defense.

Matt Besler, 7: Besler had a very good game, playing with confidence and making huge tackles up the field consistently. Had a brush with injury late, but thankfully shook it off. The US will need him against Germany.

Fabian Johnson, 6: Johnson was terrific in getting forward all night, a presence that the US missed against Ghana. His final product wasn’t there, but he was dangerous and competent in defense.

Jermaine Jones, 9: What more can you say about this guy? His screamer of a goal to tie the game was one of the best in the tournament, and certainly the best in his career, but his work-rate and pressure in all positions on the field was remarkable. He tired at the end, but has been sensational throughout the tournament.

Kyle Beckerman, 6: Beckerman was almost silently solid again, but he didn’t have the impact he did against Ghana. Still, the dreadlocked midfielder never gave the ball away, and he has become an integral part of this team.

Michael Bradley, 6: This was a vastly improved performance from Bradley, even if he lacked the spark he has at his best. But his giveaway late led to the game-tying goal, and he missed his big chance. He needs to be even better moving on.

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