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USMNT Player Ratings From USA vs Portugal World Cup Game

Who said soccer was boring, eh, sports fans?! The United States of America were some thirty seconds away from the World Cup knockout stages and a stranglehold on the Group of Death, but a Cristiano Ronaldo cross, headed in by Silvestre Varela, broke American hearts.

Still, this US team has nothing to be ashamed of. They were the better team. USA scored two fantastic goals. And they are still in line to advance. After that performance, they certainly should.

Here are the player ratings.

Tim Howard, 9: Save for one strange moment on Nani’s late first-half screamer, Howard was unspeakably good. He had multiple jaw-dropping saves, and continues to be the United States’ best and most reliable player.

DeMarcus Beasley, 9: Vastly underappreciated by the majority of fans and pundits, Beasley was terrific. He was perfect in defense. Smart, quick, assured. This was a massive improvement over his performance against Ghana.

Geoff Cameron, 3: Cameron had a very tough night. His howler let in Nani for the first goal, and he was the man who lost Varela on the equalizer. He got away with a yellow-card worthy tackle on Ronaldo at the end of the first half, and was a weak-link in the defense.

Matt Besler, 7: Besler had a very good game, playing with confidence and making huge tackles up the field consistently. Had a brush with injury late, but thankfully shook it off. The US will need him against Germany.

Fabian Johnson, 6: Johnson was terrific in getting forward all night, a presence that the US missed against Ghana. His final product wasn’t there, but he was dangerous and competent in defense.

Jermaine Jones, 9: What more can you say about this guy? His screamer of a goal to tie the game was one of the best in the tournament, and certainly the best in his career, but his work-rate and pressure in all positions on the field was remarkable. He tired at the end, but has been sensational throughout the tournament.

Kyle Beckerman, 6: Beckerman was almost silently solid again, but he didn’t have the impact he did against Ghana. Still, the dreadlocked midfielder never gave the ball away, and he has become an integral part of this team.

Michael Bradley, 6: This was a vastly improved performance from Bradley, even if he lacked the spark he has at his best. But his giveaway late led to the game-tying goal, and he missed his big chance. He needs to be even better moving on.

Alejandro Bedoya, 4: Bedoya didn’t do anything in particular wrong, but he was almost totally anonymous all night. Landon Donovan, anyone?

Graham Zusi, 6: Zusi was active on the ball and did a lot of good things, and his assist to Dempsey was perfection. Zusi probably won a starting place over Bedoya or a second forward against Germany, even if he didn’t play the cleanest game.

Clint Dempsey, 8: Dempsey was put in a nearly impossible position. A natural second forward or attacking midfielder, he was alone up top and apart from the first half hour, didn’t see much of the ball. But he scored – he always does in the World Cup.



DeAndre Yedlin, 7: Yedlin, believe it or not, did exactly what he was brought on to do: Use his speed and cover a ton of ground.

Chris Wondolowski, 7: Wondo also did exactly what he was brought on to do: Make himself useful up top and waste time.

Omar Gonzalez, 5: Gonzalez was on the field for some four minutes, but he was around the gaggle that failed to pick up Varela in the box.

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  1. Michael Bykowsky

    June 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    If I hear another announcer say how great Bradley is I’ll puke. And I think Howard was a 6 at best. The ball to his left that hit the post had him totally off balance and the flick over the bar after that was lucky. Kicks were short and a few went off the pitch (and not over the other end line). YOu don;t expect him to stop the first goal but he looked foolish.

  2. Mark Francis

    June 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    DeMarcus Beasley a 9? Based on what, his abs? He should have been in Ronaldo’s shorts.

    Bradley a 5 at best.

  3. George Washington

    June 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Bench Michael Bradley. Open goal and the worst give away. Sprinting is allowed Mikey.

  4. rich

    June 23, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Strongly disagree on wondolowski, his time-wasting was amateur. He reached the corner flag and actually tried to cross, it bounced back to him and he instantly gave up a throw to portugal. Very poor. Play it off of them for a US Corner, play short corner, repeat, and the game is over.

  5. Mca

    June 23, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Bradley getting too much criticism. He’s the most important player on the team and of course he loses the ball sometimes, because most of the good things this team does eventually go through him. Of course Portugal are going to pressurize him more than any other US player.

    That he loses the ball in the midfield is incidental. A US player let it out for a throw in immediately before that, and three US defenders couldn’t stop Varela’s header. Losing possession happens, and if it were anyone other than Ronaldo the cross wouldn’t have been as good as it was. Unfortunate for USA, but pinning the blame on Bradley is ignorant and asinine.

    • Vlad

      June 23, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Your clueless. Bradley right now is the LEAST important player on the pitch. He is providing nothing absolutely nothing on the team defensively. Go back and watch the game, every single time there was a player in his area with the ball he jogged along side not even pressuring the ball. That is what led to the shot that rang off the post

    • rob knit

      June 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      All I have to say is this:

    • jtm371

      June 23, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      I believe it is ignorant and asinine not to pin the blame on Bradley if the US does not advance. Now you know why he ran back to mls.

  6. Justin

    June 23, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Bradley gets a 2 from me because of THIS.

  7. R.O

    June 23, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I don’t agree with Beckermann score of 6 considering you gave Bradley a 6.

    Beckermann was overall was better than Bradley. So either raise Beckermann’s score to a 7 or lower Bradley to a 5.

    People are posting that a 9 for Beasley was too high, well maybe – so give him an 8. But he had a significantly better game than the one vs. Ghana. Played very good D and also took the ball down the wing often and kept possession. Strong game by Beasley.

    Howard a 9, aaah, how about an 8.5, made some judgement errors and on the first goal went to ground to soon.

    Zusi a 6, he was better than Bradley and delivered some excellent crosses from Corners. So again either lower Bradley’s score or raise Zusi to a 7.

    Fabian Johnson should be higher, also a 7.

    In the end, Jermaine Jones was super. So many of us were worried due to his past ways that he would be a liability but he’s stepped up to the next level. Terrific.

  8. Sean

    June 23, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Too high for Beasley IMO. He was very solid for large portions of the match, but he made mistakes that allowed both goals scored against. He left Nani after the poor Cameron clearance — understandable, but still poor, and he gave Ronaldo far too much space at the end of the match, allowing him to come through with the great cross to help equalize.

  9. Hope

    June 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I cannot see giving Bradley a 6 even though he was early in the breakdown of the the last goal. Fabian was lobbing in great shots all night long. He was doing his job. Most defenders did well unless looking at that very early goal or late…and the late one was emotionally bad

  10. Mo

    June 22, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Phenomenal comeback for the US but how is it that three CBs are in at the end of the game and none of them pick up Varela’s run? The US better tighten up that back line and not make so many rookie mistakes or else they won’t last long in the knockout rounds (if they make it out of the group that is).

  11. Gregg

    June 22, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I have to agree that Fabian played well . He was dangerous all game long making runs exposing Portugal’s defense.

    Bradley, while better than Ghana was underwhelming. A 6 is too high. Especially when you have a wide open net and put the ball only one place where the defender can clear it.

    Beasley did a good job but at a 9, that is just too high. Maybe a 7 at best. He did nothing on the offensive end which is ok.

  12. Delboy

    June 22, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Bradley is being exposed at this World Cup I think he has been the worst American player across the two games. There was a reason he sat on the bench at Aston Villa and Roma.

  13. Evan

    June 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Fabian Johnson definitely merits more than a 6. He was incredible going forward and didn’t really put a foot wrong defensively.

  14. jtm371

    June 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Bradley to high Zusi to low other than that can live with your numbers.

    J Jones has been the best in the two matches.

    • George Washington

      June 23, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Bradley is garbage. A turd sandwich could have scored on that open goal.

      • Actual Soccer Player

        June 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        Go outside, have someone throw a soccerball at you from an angle at high speed, and then try to one-time it as hard as you can at a target about 5 feet wide from 10 yards out. It’s insanely hard for anyone, even world-class players, to be that precise at high speeds; you can tell who has actually played soccer and who only thinks they’re an expert because they sit on the couch and watch a few games every four years based on their reactions to Bradly’s shot.

  15. Smokey Bacon

    June 22, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Fabian Johnson was superb, especially in that humidity. Beckerman had a fine game. The rating on Cameron is a bit harsh but I can’t argue with the rationale. Dempsey and Howard are leaders at both ends of the pitch. It’s all good.

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