US Vs. T & T Gold Cup 06/09/07; Individual Player Ratings


Predictably, Trinidad was not very good. Would’ve liked to see the US get 3 or 4, but oh well; a win’s a win.

Keller: 5.5; didn’t have to make any big saves; distribution was inconsistent
Spector: 6; had his best performance for the National Team this year, although he still has some work to do; instrumental in Ching’s opening goal
Parkhurst: 6; never going to dominate in the air, but displayed quickness, skill, and an impressive knack for reading the game; had a few near-disastrous miscommunications with DeMerit, but I really like the way he plays
DeMerit: 6; distribution was a little inconsistent; a few miscommunications with Parkhurst caused some problems, but overall played well
Simek: 7; Frankie looks like he is going to make a serious push to be the first-choice right back heading into World Cup Qualifying; Trinidad wasn’t the strongest of opponents, but Simek defended well when called upon and was dangerous going forward the entire game; displayed very sound technical ability, strong tackling, and advanced tactical awareness
Clark: 6.25; had a quiet game, but that’s typically a good thing for a holding midfielder because it means he was well-positioned, controlled the midfield, and distributed the ball soundly
Feilhaber: 6; ended up playing a pretty solid first half after taking about 10 minutes to get into sync with an entirely different group of players; continues to display his intelligence on the pitch and his exceptional technical ability; his more dangerous passes were for naught due to the ineptitude of the far-side linesman
Mapp: 6.5; very nice work to set up the Ching goal; continues to display talent, but still has some work to do; I would like to see Bradley try him at a right-mid with Dempsey and Donovan up-top. He could be very effective on the right drawing his defender wide and cutting in to shot with his left like he did at the end of the 1st half (his assist to Bornstein against Denmark also came off a run down the right).
Ralston: 5; not one of his best games, but he was not terrible by any means
Johnson: 6; linesman robbed him of some well-deserved opportunities to add to his tally; hopefully 1. the injury isn’t too bad and 2. the goal will boost his confidence when he is able to return
Ching: 6; squandered several opportunities, but did get on the board eventually; played the key pass that sprung Donovan to set-up the second goal

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