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Player Ratings: See how the US players fared against Azerbaijan

May 28, 2014, 12:12 AM EDT

US men's national team player Michael Bradley runs with the ball during a World Cup preparation match against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on May 27, 2014.    AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Getty Images

The U.S. national team beat 2-0 Azerbaijan on Tuesday night in San Francisco thank to goals late on from Mikkel Diskerud and Aron Johannsson, with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann given plenty of food for thought.

Players such as Brad Davis and Alejandro Bedoya shone, while others struggled to impose themselves against a nation ranked 85th in the world.

How will the USMNT cope in Brazil?

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With the first warm up game out of the way, it’s time to give each player a mark out of 10 for their performance as the countdown to Brazil looms large.

Here it goes…

USMNT player ratings vs. Azerbaijan

Tim Howard – 6

Barely called upon to make a save the entire match. Howard’s throws were exemplary and he captained the USA with his usual coolness. Standard. Shutout. Enough said.

Fabian Johnson – 6

Practically anonymous in the first half. Didn’t have much defending to do at right back but in the second period he bombed on well at times and supported Bedoya. Promising signs from the Hoffenheim defender.

Geoff Cameron – 7

Composed on the ball and showcased his ability to play raking passes to get the USMNT on the front foot, Cameron did his chances of starting at CB in Brazil no harm at all with this performance. Replaced at HT by Gonzalez after a job well done.

Matt Besler – 6

Committed as ever and positionally sound, Besler is a lock to start in Brazil and he looked settled alongside Cameron in the first half. Won headers and tidied up, a few stray passes early on will have annoyed him.

DaMarcus Beasley – 6

Tested defensively and coped with the pressure in the first half, Beasley made a few brief forays forward but had little impact offensively. Replaced at half time by Chandler.

Graham Zusi – 6

Great deliveries on set pieces and showed his quality on the ball whenever he got the chance. A 45 minute run out for the Floridian who showed some good touches in midfield.

Michael Bradley – 7

Used in an advanced midfield role at the point of the diamond, Bradley made some superb runs but still looked a little uneasy in having to integrate the attack from just behind the forwards. His positioning was good and his shot was blocked on the line that led to Diskerud’s game-winner.

Jermaine Jones – 6

Wasteful in possession at times, Jones stuck to his task just in front of the back four and plugged the gaps well. Worked hard to make himself available. He wasn’t tested defensively.

Alejandro Bedoya – 6

Some pacey bursts down the left flank caused Azerbaijan problems but his final pass needs some work. Switched over to the right flank in the second half and again worked hard. Good movement.

Chris Wondolowski – 6

After his last minute inclusion in the starting lineup due to Dempsey’s injury, Wondo could’ve scored twice in the opening 15 minutes. First he headed straight at the ‘keeper from five-yards out then he had another headed from a set piece well saved. Lively but replaced after 60 minutes by Johannsson.

Jozy Altidore – 7

Good hold up play which bodes well for the World Cup where he is likely to be isolated on his own for large periods of time. Altidore still looks to be lacking in confidence but is a real handful. Won the free kick that led to the games only goal.


Omar Gonzalez – 6

Looked a little shaky after replacing Cameron at half time with his knee taped extravagantly. Wasn’t tested much. His fitness is still a huge question mark ahead of the World Cup.

Timmy Chandler – 6

One stray shot way over the bar and another which deflected just wide, he looked solid slotting in at left back. Chandler showed he is a good option in defense and is versatile.

Brad Davis – STAR MAN 8

Should have won a penalty kick just after coming on at half time but the referee bizarrely awarded a free kick. Davis looked lively cutting in from the left flank and caused plenty of problems. Proved he has an impact off the bench after delivering both set pieces which led to goals for Diskerud and Johannsson.

DeAndre Yedlin – 6

Had 30 minutes to show what he could do and showed he was solid defensively. A few rash challenges. Lets put that down to youthful exuberance, as the Seattle youngster wasn’t afraid to get stuck in.

Aron Johannsson – 7

Struggled to impact the game for the final 30 minutes after replacing Wondolowski but then popped up to score a great header. Job done.

Mix Diskerud – 7

Replaced Bedoya late on as the USA’s final sub, Diskerud pounced to scored his third goal for the U.S. to win this game. The Rosenborg midfielder proved he has a knack of changing games off the bench.

  1. trogdor4 - May 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Chandler was HORRIBLE …. No way he was a 6

    Gonzales was slow, a step off to be sure … 5 maybe?

    Davis was good offensively, but I worry about his defense.

    Yedlin looked awfully shaky … 4 or 5

    Not sold on Bedoya yet …

    Could Zusi and Davis be the creative wing midfielders for an Altidore/Johannsson or Dempsy/Johannsson combo?

    • mknow406a - May 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      Really? Prey tell what Chandler did that was so “HORRIBLE.” He’s a RB slotted in on the left side. He gave up NO breaks. was not responsible for any defensive lapses and won at least one corner going forward… What, based solely on his performance in this match, warrants “HORRIBLE”?

      • trogdor4 - May 28, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        I’d love to see Chandler’s pass completion percentage …

        He lost possession time and time again for us.

        No defensive lapses? None of our backs were really challenged. Especially on the left side.

        Only the right side saw defensive action, and Yedlin looked like a deer in the headlights. He gave up a ton of possession too.

      • mknow406a - May 28, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        @trogdor4 – which begs the question, if Chandler was so HORRIBLE, why didn’t they expose his side to the attack. Again, he is a RB slotting into the left side for the first time in a while and there is going to be a slight adjustment period… but who in the US pool would have made a better option at LB off the bench?

  2. mknow406a - May 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Based on performance, I’d say Johannsson leapfrogged over Wondo… Wondo had the chances, but failed to finish them. The keepers in the WC are much better than Agayev and Wondo simply didn’t have the class to beat him, even being unmarked inside the 18… Johannsson on the other hand, had one chance, and one goal. You won’t get 3 or 4 chances in the WC. You need to make EACH opportunity count. Bradley looked off tonight. He certainly did not have the same impact as against Mexico. While Mixx showed again why he’s in the 23.

    • lyleoross - May 28, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Not sure how fair this is. I’m not a Wondo fan, but his header, and Agayev’s save were both world class IMO. Judging Wondo on this game alone seems difficult. On the other hand, he’s only ever been an above average striker anyway.

      • sa371916 - May 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        I disagree. Wondo has to put the first one away. Head it back towards the corner and its a goal, instead he headed it straight at the keeper. The second one he did everything right and it was a good save.

        Too bad the PKs weren’t called it could have been a romp and I am curious as to who would have taken them with Dempsey out, Bradley, Zusi (in the first half on Altidore hand ball), Davis (in second half), Altidore? It would have been nice to know the PK porgression. My guess is Dempsey, Bradley, Zusi, Altidore, but I don’t know.

      • lyleoross - May 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        I can’t argue that point, I actually missed the first header so it’s hard to know the context. The second was well done though.

      • mknow406a - May 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        Welcome to the World Cup, where several keepers are in the top 25 in the world and pull off top shelf saves regularly. It’s a whole different level and you need to be able to finish any chances, especially Wondo’s first one, if you hope to win and advance in the WC.

      • lyleoross - May 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        I don’t disagree with that, so who you gonna replace him with? Bad is bad, but reality is reality. And please don’t come back with LD because I will point out that there are several keepers in the top 25 in the world and pull off top of the shelf saves regularly, especially against guys who are as limited as LD and Wondo are.

        BTW – no way are we advancing, that is part of the reality of the WC. If you’re the U.S. and you’re stacked against Germany and Portugal, you’re not going to advance.

      • mknow406a - May 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Who would I replace him with? “Based on performance, I’d say Johannsson leapfrogged over Wondo” was the original post. I harbor no illusions that the draw is tough, BUT Portugal drew twice against an Israel team that Mexico handled pretty easily last night… Yes, it is very challenging, but not impossible. However, if you miss wide open headers from 6 yards out, then it does become impossible…

  3. drewvt6 - May 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Ever notice how Brad Davis and Wondo look superhuman against 3rd rate teams? Then as soon as the competition plays even as fast as Mexico they’re terrible. They won’t help much against Germany, Portugal, Ghana.

  4. ljshea1 - May 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Would just like to point out how absolutely awful Bradley played, especially to his standards. Not captainly whatsoever

    • classicalfje - May 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      One bad game. He’ll be fine in Brazil don’t worry.

    • drewvt6 - May 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      First off I don’t think he was awful. Second of all, I think he didn’t look as good in his advanced role as Jones did in his holding role. If we can get a fully committed Jones, that will really help things in defense.

      • midtec2005 - May 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        I think Jones was the problem, he kept crowding the same spaces Bradley was in. They are both great, when they aren’t playing together.

      • drewvt6 - May 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        I agree with your assessment. Somehow Cameron, Edu, Beckerman find a way to let Bradley operate to his full potential. I’d really like to see Jones play a disciplined role that fits with Bradley because he’s so athletic and releases players so quickly.

  5. lanzurrah - May 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    I thought Bradley looked rather sloppy tonight. Really lazy passes. I was surprised he was rated a 7.

  6. WYMF Editor - May 28, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    All 6s, 7s, and an 8? We know the game was lazy and boring, but that doesn’t mean your players ratings have to be lazy and boring, as well.

  7. jimmycrackcorn99 - May 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Decent numbers, hard to knock your ratings, but I liked Jones, Bedoya, Howard and Johannsson more than your numbers. Jones was especially solid and not too overzealous like he normally is, so I give bonus points for (finally) playing smart.

    Except for successful set pieces, it lacked a portion creativity for my taste. I love the 4-4-2 because it fits the players better. Jozy will take a lot of heat for not scoring again, but I think he did what JK asked him to do. If they go to a more defensive 4-2-3-1 against stronger teams I am convinced that Altidore is 100% the wrong forward.

    Lots of new guys, 3 games before WC begins we’re still experimenting, but please let’s not overrate the win.

    • nightwind15 - May 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Altidore did what JK asked him to do? What, using his terrible first touch, his lack of skill in the air, his lack of hustle (first half) and poor decision making around the box? Get real. I for one cannot figure out why he is even on this team.

  8. engwolf - May 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    I was actually impressed by Bedoya. I like him to start at LM even over Davis still yet after Davis’ admirable performance.
    I feel like the team will be a bit better offensively when Dempsey is able to play assuming he is not continually hampered by his sore groin.
    Chandler played decently at LB and is a more physical option over Beasley to push players off of the ball, but we didn’t get to see him too much defensively in this game.
    As commentators and others have suggested, the team seemed heavy-legged in this game after hard weeks of training. I’m definitely optimistic for the other send-off games and ultimately the World Cup!

  9. harryonthehill - May 28, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Please let us all know what game you were watching. Altidore turned over the ball a dozen times either through a poor first touch or too many touches before shooting. Our midfielders chased the game and all forced too many passes. Blame the wind if that eases your mind, but a half dozen players should be 5 or below on this scale. Come World Cup, the issues you see against an average team are major problems and goals for real opponents.

    • lyleoross - May 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      I agree on Altidore. I heard the commentators say they thought he looked fine, but he did seem to have a number of awful first touches. Bradley wasn’t that bad IMO, not up to his usual standards, but then you expect that given the come down in his playing time and location in the past season.

    • nightwind15 - May 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Your comments about Jose are spot on.

  10. braxtonrob - May 28, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    It was windy.
    Altidore did a great job of falling down and getting the calls. I, however, would rather have Johannsson up top for 90 minutes, as he is a true striker (as opposed to Altidore’s attacking-MF style, minus the passing), and Aron prefers to just run by the defense when they try to shove him to the ground.
    Brick walls have softer touches than Jermaine Jones and if he had played one more ‘hopeful’ long-ball in the 1st half I would have kicked my TV. That being said, he played fantastic in the 2nd half, go figure.
    Bradley played great in the 1st half, then not good (except for that brilliant strike that Mix did well to eventually put in), in the 2nd half, go figure. Bradley and Jones looked like they never played together in their lives, that can’t bode well.
    Chandler over Parkhurst boggles my mind, and this game just proves that point.
    Brad Davis is under-appreciated by most USMNT fans.
    Everyone else looked very good, although chemistry was very spotty, at best.

  11. bostonredsoccer - May 28, 2014 at 6:52 AM

    on the free kick that led to the games only goal.

    I think we’ll blame the late hour for this one…

  12. nightwind15 - May 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    HOW IN THE WORLD CAN YOU RATE ALTIDORE A 7? HE IS A 4 AT BEST. I will say he hustled more in the second half but Wondo outplayed him even though he blew two chances. I am really tired of you pundits coddling Altidore.

    • braxtonrob - May 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      I agree. I like Altidore, but can we all just accept that he’s not getting it done, and relegate him to being a late sub?
      I’d rather have BOTH Aron and Wondo on the pitch at the same time up top, than a lonely Altidore who, frankly, is not a ‘true’ striker (he looks more like an attacking MF’r to me, assuming he became more willing to pass the ball. The guy is creative, but clearly he’s playing out of position.)

    • ascriptlikethis - May 28, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Nightwind, I think you’re letting your bias cloud your judgment. Jozy’s first touch wasn’t always good, but it wasn’t always bad either. In the first half he had a great touch to Bradley who completely missed Bedoya’s run up the left flank that would have had him 1 on 1 with the keeper. He won a lot of fouls (including the one that led to the first goal), although I do wish sometimes he used his frame to stay on his feet instead of falling at most contact. He won a lot of balls that came his way and laid them off for teammates. His presence allows for Wondo and Johannsson to make their runs because he is occupying defenders. He also completely burned an Azeri defender in the second half. He wasn’t a world beater, and isn’t a world beater, but his performance last night was more than satisfactory.

  13. frankiefablo - May 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Bradley usually creates numerous offensive opportunities through his aggresive dispossession of opponents and quick counter passes. Last night it was apparent that he was not interested in throwing his body around as he normally does, and I can’t blame him. This game isn’t about Bradley winning a starting spot or asserting regional dominance over an opponent with emotional ties. Not that I condone taking games off but I think his performance was more a matter of intent than form.

  14. pf1977 - May 28, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    bradley looked really sloppy last night. poor first touch and wasn’t sharp on his passes. am not sure if he wasn’t comfortable in the formation or he just had an off night. or is this some sort of toronto fc funk that has infected his game?

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