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.