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Player Ratings: How the US players fared against Germany

Jun 26, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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Against an incredibly strong German side, the United States Men’s National Team showed the grit to belong in the Round of 16. And, with a little help from Cristiano Ronaldo and our friends in Portugal, that’s exactly where the Yanks are heading.

It wasn’t pretty but the US held Germany to a single goal with Jurgen Klinsmann making two personnel changes to the starting XI used against Portugal, swapping Omar Gonzalez for Geoff Cameron at center-back and Brad Davis for Alejandro Bedoya.

So with their third and final match of the group stage in the books, here’s how each US player fared on a scale of 1 to 10.

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USMNT player ratings vs. Germany

Tim Howard – 7

Rock solid goal-keeping from Howard, who faced a number of probing first-half crosses from Lukas Podolski and Jerome Boateng as well as a Mesut Ozil hammer that Howard deflected with a brilliant leg save. Fair play to Muller on the goal, Howard stood no chance.

DaMarcus Beasley – 5

Struggled early on with Boateng’s overlaps and Ozil’s trickery but put in some solid tackles as well as an explosive 25th minute weaving run that helped advance play out of the American’s end. Had some nervy second-half moments with Miroslav Klose but fought his way through valiantly.

Omar Gonzalez – 7

Brutal scuff on an early Boateng cross had American’s trembling but the Galaxy big man settled in nicely, making two notable slide tackles including one on Muller, who was in on goal. Proved very strong in the air, especially on Boateng’s 47th minute cross that had Ozil clear in on goal.

Matt Besler – 7

Besler kept his focus on the primary objective – keeping Muller quiet. And despite the Bayern forward scoring, Besler held the tricky Muller well in check. Key second-half tackles on Schweinsteiger’s attempted through-ball to Klose and Muller’s late ball to Ozil are proof positive why Besler will soon be hunted by European clubs.

Fabian Johnson – 6

A menace going forward but defensively had some worrying moments in the first-half, getting pulled in too far centrally and allowing Podolski too much space. Stepped it up in the second-half managing a few notable clearances that helped settled the back line during times of distress.

Kyle Beckerman – 6

Lock-down defending, sharp passing, positionally sharp and fiesty in the challenge, Beckerman was a rock. Started to lose composure immediately after Muller’s goal but regained it and went on to put in some key tackles, particularly on Ozil.

Jermaine Jones – STAR MAN 8

An absolute warrior, Jones was all over the park in the best way possible. Playing in a more advanced role than usual, Jones presented the German defense with problems on a number of occasions. Defended well, was a nuisance and somehow managed to avoid being shown a yellow card, which would have kept him out for the Round of 16.

Brad Davis – 2

Boateng’s overlapping runs and five first-half crosses forced Davis to swap sides with Graham Zusi to relieve the pressure. Unnecessarily conceded the 54th minute corner that led to Muller’s goal and was promptly substituted for Alejandro Bedoya. A tough World Cup blooding for Davis.

Michael Bradley – 4

Always needed to see more of the ball but failed to find a way to do so. Looked tired. Played three fantastic outlet passes but struggled keeping possession.

Graham Zusi – 6

Strong work rate with movement all over the park. Maintained possession in tight spaces and unleashed a fierce 22nd minute shot that curled mere inches over the bar.

Clint Dempsey – 6

Struggled to see much of the ball but the work-rate and attitude was there. Wasted two key second-half opportunities that would have spread the German defense and opened up space. Nearly scored on a last second header.


Alejandro Bedoya – 6

On for Brad Davis in the 59th minute Bedoya brought some good energy and could’ve been a hero in extra time if he had taken his chance better.

DeAndre Yedlin – 6

Yedlin worked hard, on for Graham Zusi in the 82nd, producing a phenomenal extra time run that nearly resulted in a Bedoya goal. Danger man. A must-play in every match moving forward.

  1. lyleoross - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I wonder if Bradley feels like he’s carrying the weight of US expectations on his shoulders? He has looked tired throughout, and I wonder if he’s sleeping? It might be time to take a chill and relax.

  2. tridecagon - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    I never thought I’d see the day when I was happy to read Jermaine Jones’ name in the starting 11. He was a complete beast in all three of the group games. In Klinsmann we trust.

    • midtec2005 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Absolutely! Same goes for Beckerman, he was rock solid again. He kept possession better than most players as well.

      Gonzalez was solid too, good on him for making the most of his chance.

      It would have been nice to get a goal back though.

    • grm35741 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:02 AM

      I agree and now he has been the man of the tourn. Klinsman has shown me he knows best. every coaching decision that has left me wondering (Omar yesterday, Dempsey alone up top, sticking with Beasley, Wondo as a late sub etc) all have worked out.

      Bradley has been heroic, pressuring and covering but now we need him to be his old self going forward.

  3. onelovesoccer7 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    good ratings. Davis was terrible. proved that he shouldn’t have been brought. his left food is only good if he can use it, which he couldn’t because he was getting dominated.

  4. Maurice Barksdale - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Brad Davis is a deer in headlights out there, and he should be on the bench the rest of the way. Jermaine Jones is stepping up big time and becoming a leader. Bradley just doesn’t seem very confident and is second guessing himself.

  5. midtec2005 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    I think we should also point out how dangerous Yedlin was, again. Great substitute!

  6. elgallo2001 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Yep. I seconded guess JK bringing Davis over LD and this game prove that. I love that he brought Yedlin. I think that young guy is going to be a fantastic wide man for us in the future. All else is pretty spot on. I can’t understand why Bradley is not showing his usual form? We need him to step up next match.

    • braxtonrob - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Bradley just needs to have more confidence on the ball, and make the OBVIOUS pass, not the unpredictable one.
      Maybe he’ll play better next game (now that the pressure of Group play is over.)

      • tundra67 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        I thought he had a very good game against Portugal, (except for losing possession right before the late tying goal – obviously a glaring mistake)

  7. granadafan - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Davis clearly has no business being on the field let alone on the US Men’s National team.

  8. jdfsquared - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    8 of 13 US players today are MLSers. All 4 involved in the second goal vs. Portugal are MLSers (Yedlin to Bradley to Zusi to Dempsey). Would’ve been great to see a goal today, but gotta give props to the league for providing much of the personnel for good performances against top shelf teams.

  9. greenandgoldgirl - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    The knock against Germany has been they are vulnerable on the outside. It made we wonder what could have been if Yedlin had been subbed in sooner. I just so wanted them to score! I am proud of what they’ve accomplished when no one gave them much of a chance. Go USA!

  10. el timo - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Great result from the three games….advancing out of the group of death! Bradley had a better game today, quickened his pace, fewer giveaways. He’s clearly a different player playing at the top of the diamond than his usual, deeper role. Gonzalez is a better center back than Cameron, and good for him closing guys down today in the box, but that doesn’t mean Cameron isn’t a better midfielder than Davis, or Beckerman with a card. Hope we see some Wondo and some Diskerud against Belgium. And, yes, we will win!

  11. wwb477 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Beasley was out on an island by himself many times, yet again. Thought he played solid defense and was dangerous going forward. Bradley isn’t in top form on the ball but still played some great balls and played well on defense. Bradley held possession better than he has and didnt lose the ball in the defensive third as Beckerman and Jones did multiple times. Zusi played poorly on both sides of the ball. Howard should have done better with that rebound. Davis should be playing with his club. Thought Gonzalez looked solid and agree with you El Timo about Cameron.

  12. geejon - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Final score is very flattering. This was one of the worst performances I’ve seen from this team in a loooong time. Couldn’t string 2 consecutive passes together. It was embarrassing.

    This team has to find/develop someone who can play in Bradley’s position. The guy has been horrible and directly responsible for this team’s inability to hold the ball and looking like a kick and hope squad. He’s never going to be subbed off never mind sat down simply because the team has no one else who can play that position but he’s killing the team with his horrendous play. He looks terrified out there, constantly getting stripped or making brutal passes.

    If that’s how he’s going to play they need to forget playing thru the middle, start Yedlin, and play a wide game based on speed and crossing. They can’t keep getting abused in the middle of the pitch the way they are. If he was playing for a country that wasn’t just “happy to be there” like the U.S. they’d be calling for his head.

    • jdfsquared - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      First place in qualifying, Gold Cup champions, and knockout rounds two WC’s in a row does NOT say “happy to be there”. Ask Dempsey if he’s just happy to be there and see how your nose looks after that.

    • grm35741 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:06 AM

      a bit harsh!

  13. redrock81 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Say what you will but Germany absolutely dominated the game today though they didn’t go and outright and crushed the US either.

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