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Player Ratings For USA-Germany World Cup Game

usa germany3 Player Ratings For USA Germany World Cup Game

It was one of the most tense viewing experiences as a fan of the US Men’s National Team, but the USA team did what was necessary to advance to the next round of the World Cup. We can now all breathe a collective sign of relief.

Here are the player ratings for Germany-USA:

Tim Howard, 7: Made the saves he had to make – no chance whatsoever on Thomas Muller’s thunderbolt.

DeMarcus Beasley, 8: He’s having a terrific World Cup. Tried to take advantage of Germany’s slow wings with a few forays forward today, and was as consistent and assured as usual.

Omar Gonzalez, 8: It was an incredibly gutsy call from Jurgen Klinsmann to insert a player who hasn’t played 90 minutes since the middle of May into a decisive World Cup match – but it paid off. Gonzalez used his physical prowess all night in a series of impressive plays in the American penalty area.

Matt Besler, 6: Had a more understated game than Gonzalez, but was solid. His marking was a little lax though, and he kept Klose onside for what should have been his record-breaking goal.

Fabian Johnson, 5: Johnson, much like during the Ghana game, was stifled getting forward and left to defend. He was competent, if not dangerous.

Kyle Beckerman, 8: This is a beautiful man. Beckerman’s effortless positioning and increased confidence on the ball have been a joy to behold – especially for the four defenders behind him.

Jermaine Jones, 6: Jones had a ton of energy against his former national team. In a much more advanced role than he’s ever had in a US jersey, Jones didn’t have the effect on the game that he had against Ghana and Portugal, but he nullified Bastian Schweinsteiger and was a constant threat.

Michael Bradley, 4: Bradley worked his tail off for the cause, but was again so poor in attack that he dropped deeper in the second half to push Jones forward. The US needs this man firing in the knockout round.

Brad Davis, 3: Klinsmann’s Gonzalez gamble paid off, the Brad Davis move didn’t. Davis’ crossing and set piece ability weren’t called on, and he was a defensive liability. We probably won’t see him again in the tournament.

Graham Zusi, 5: Zusi had a very active game and provided good defensive cover, even if he wasn’t at his sharpest on the ball.

Clint Dempsey, 4: Very ineffective game from Dempsey, who couldn’t make the most of his very limited touches. Hampered by being the lone-striker in a defensive effort.

 

Substitutes:

 

Alejandro Bedoya, 4: Had the best chance of the game for the US, but saw it blocked by Phillip Lahm. Didn’t have any impact, and was loose in possession.

DeAndre Yedlin, 6: Looks good in the midfield, where his defending can’t hurt. Yedlin knows his three best attributes are being fast, speedy, and quick, and he’s taking advantage.

 

On to Salvador to play Belgium or Algeria!!


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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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