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USA Player Ratings For World Cup Game Against Belgium

Posted on by Abe Asher

tim howard USA Player Ratings For World Cup Game Against Belgium

The US exited the 2014 FIFA World Cup with their heads held high after a 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium. Here are the player ratings.

Tim Howard, 10: He covered himself in all kinds of glory with one of the greatest goalkeeping performances in recent memory.

DeMarcus Beasley, 8: While he was twisted into knots by the tricky Kevin Mirallas, Beasley had another terrific game to cap a terrific tournament. Assured, stingy, and smart. He will be missed.

Omar Gonzalez, 8: Gonzalez had another very strong performance at the heart of the defense, repealing aerial attacks and more than once saving his team with emergency clearances.

Matt Besler, 7: Besler had a great tournament, but it wasn’t just his slip that let Romelu Lukaku in that will haunt him – it was also overcommitting and being rounded by Kevin De Bruyne for the first goal.

Fabian Johnson, 5: The US missed his presence defensively when he exited. A great campaign all around.

Geoff Cameron, 5: Cameron did some good things, but he simply isn’t the player Kyle Beckerman is.

Jermaine Jones, 4: Jones was completely and totally gassed after the group stage. He battled, but couldn’t impact this game.

Michael Bradley, 5: Solid, but not brilliant. He didn’t really deliver for his team until the chip to Green when it was too late.

Alejandro Bedoya, 5: Bedoya looked fit and remained committed to the cause until the end. But Bedoya’s limitations in attack meant that the US didn’t have enough support for Dempsey.

Graham Zusi, 3: Zusi struggled mightily before exiting. He never really got his feet under him, and it was a merciful end when he was brought off for Chris Wondolowski.

Clint Dempsey, 4: Maybe it was the broken nose or the simple isolation up top, but Dempsey had little effect on the game and wasn’t clean enough on the ball with his few touches. The one that really got away was the free-kick chance that will haunt him until 2018.

 

Substitutes:

 

DeAndre Yedlin, 7: This is one man who, beyond a shadow of a doubt, proved almost everyone wrong. He was fast, confident, and useful on both ends of the field when he replaced Johnson.

Chris Wondolowski, 3: The Wondo MLS knows buries the chance he missed at the end of normal time. Yes, the flag was up, but he didn’t know that and should have put it in. Wasn’t impactful in extra time.

Julian Green, 7: Whether he meant it or not, Green had one of the most memorable World Cup introductions ever. He’s the youngest scorer at the tournament since a bloke named Messi tallied in 2006. The future is bright.


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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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