US vs. China 06/02/07 Individual Ratings

Just watched the game; China looked awful

Howard: 5.5; couldn’t do anything about the goal; made a nice save from a free-kick, but I didn’t feel he set up the wall too well with Beasley on the end instead of a bigger player like Razov or Dempsey
Spector: 5; solid tackling; got burned once in the 1st half but was bailed out when the cross was over-hit; distribution was a little shaky; fouls too much
Bocanegra: 6; solid debut as captain; got beat badly in the area once; nearly snatched a goal a late
Onyewu: 6.5; better performance by Gooch; still lacks a little quickness but he did well in the air (as usual), distributed the ball much better, and got a goal off a set piece
Bornstein: 5.5; I still don’t think he is the automatic first choice left-back that some people think he is, but he played well overall aside from a nearly disastrous give-away early in the second-half; good distribution but was not really tested too much defensively (which is where I feel he needs improvement)
Beasley: 7; Beasley looked much closer to top form; nice run to draw the penalty and a great ball to put Dempsey in mid-way through the 2nd half
Feilhaber: 8.5; Man of the Match in my opinion; great goal, great service on Dempsey’s goal; read the game well, precise distribution, strong tackling, and some crafty dribbling out of pressure; did just about everything
Bradley: 7.5; great tackling and distribution; magnificent ball through to Beasley to draw the penalty
Kljestan: 6; great ball through to Feilhaber on second goal; overall played pretty solid in his debut
Razov: 5; did not create much
Dempsey: 6.5; missed two good chances in the 2nd half and got caught in a possession a few times, but overall played well; quality goal off the set piece; played a key role in the 2nd goal holding the ball and knocking it back to Kljestan for the ball through to Feilhaber

Keller: 5.5; not a very busy second half
Davies: 5.5; great strength and speed; looked more dangerous than Razov; showed some skill with a nice piece of dribbling just outside the Chinese area
Simek: N/A; did not see enough to evaluate his performance, but I really like Simek and I am not at all surprised that he’s drawing serious interest from Premiership clubs
Nguyen: N/A; tough to evaluate him on 10 minutes, but he looks great; nice run through the middle that ended with him being taken down and beautiful cross to Bocanegra in the waning minutes
Marsch: N/A
Hill: N/A

Let me know what you think…

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  1. Anonymous June 4, 2007
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