The first friendly after a World Cup is usually a particularly mind-numbing affair, but there were certainly positives for the United States to take out of another win on European soil at the Czech Republic, and one big sound-bite from Jurgen Klinsmann on his 2018 expectations. Here are the player ratings.
Brad Guzan, 7: Did well in his half in goal, doing nothing to jeopardize his place as the number one goalkeeper in Tim Howard’s temporary absence.
Timothy Chandler, 6: After not seeing any time at the World Cup, Chandler had a nice game getting forward on his flank, and mopping things up effectively on defense.
John Brooks, 6: Brooks very nearly made a few bad mistakes – even though he’s imposing physically and has a strong future, he needs to cut out the errors.
Michael Orozco, 6: Played solidly in his 45 minutes, as he tries to play his way back into the picture after missing the World Cup roster by a long way.
Fabian Johnson, 7: Clearly playing with a high level of confidence after his summer move, Johnson marauded with the prowess we’ve become accustomed to seeing from him.
Julian Green, 3: Once again, Green looked physically overmatched – a boy among men. Unable to compensate on this occasion with on-ball skill, Green was ineffective.
Mix Diskerud, 8: Terrific outing from Diskerud – maybe his best in a US shirt. He made the goal, and was ever-present in the game, not drifting in and out as he usually does. More of this, and he becomes an important player in the buildup to Russia.
Joe Corona, 5: Not a particularly memorable outing from Corona, who like Orozco is one of a few Mexican-American players who missed out on the World Cup roster and is now trying to get back into the picture.
Alejandro Bedoya, 7: This was a good outing from Bedoya, who was the senior player in that midfield. Scoring the game-winning goal – his second tally for the US – didn’t hurt either.
Joe Gyau, 6: Gyau did some things to make American fans perk up. The final product isn’t there yet, but the hope is that that is coming. Gyau is very much like Green in terms of potential.
Jozy Altidore, 5: It was the type of game we’ve seen a number of times from Jozy, the captain for the day. He held the ball up well, worked hard, but at times was found lacking with his touch.