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Player ratings: USMNT 1, Czech Republic 0. Which youngsters shone?

Sep 3, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

Pavel Kaderabek, Julian Green AP

A young United States team survived a bevy of substitutions and a big character test from the Czech Republic in a 1-0 road win on Wednesday on NBCSN.

The States played very well in the first half, but needed to adapt to an inspired Czech squad despite making several subs in the second half.

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How did they play? Let us tell you our thoughts on a scale of 1-10, as we once again embark on the seemingly-arbitrary task of assigning value to 17 men, some of whom played less than a half-hour.

[ GAME STORY: US holds on to win in Czech Republic ]

Starting XI

Brad Guzan (8) – Didn’t have much to do at all, and kept the sheet clean. Made himself available to his defenders and cleared some trouble well. Didn’t hurt himself at all in the competition to be No. 1. He kept a clean sheet, so how do we not give him a 10? I don’t know.

Fabian Johnson (7) – It’s clear the young unit was instructed to find Johnson on the right flank and get ready for his crosses. While they weren’t always pinpoint, Johnson did well on both sides of the ball. Was part of the unit that closed things down late.

Michael Orozco (7) – Seemed to really understand his chance and embrace it, though perhaps too aggressively. Left some holes, but also played a very physical game.

John Anthony Brooks (6) – Headstrong and adventurous, you can see why he gives Hertha Berlin massive headaches. He’s capable of the sublime — ask Ghana — but also played with the ball inside his own half within the first 10 minutes, successfully fending off a Czech challenge, and lashed an unruly-length shot wide of the goal.

Ale Bedoya (7) – Did a bit of a late-Donovan spin, being in the right place at the right time to neatly tap in a goal. Still an offense-first player.

Joe Corona (6) – Honestly can’t pinpoint too many moments where the youngster really stood out, for better or for worse.

Mix Diskerud (9) – Made the steal that Bedoya banged home. Orchestrated a young attack and looked comfortable taking chances. Asked more questions as to why he didn’t get the chance to reinvigorate the States off the bench at World Cup.

Julian Green (6) – Was active and lively, but struggled with his aim (especially on corner kicks). A young man playing a young game, he’ll have wanted a better

Jozy Altidore (6) – Wearing the captain’s arm band, Altidore was a little clumsy with his touch but was a physical force to be reckoned with.

Joe Gyau (8) – Showed some serious panache with the ball, dribbling out of a double team along the touch line in his own half. Looked comfortable for a man on debut, willing to shoot on net early off an Altidore pass. Made a young mistake that nearly lead to an equalizer in the 69th minute, and seemed to wear down late.

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Substitutions

Nick Rimando (10). – Made a strong left-footed save on Krejci, who was sprung 1v1 on goal after a free kick. Also saved the side’s bacon after a Gyau giveaway. Made two incredible saves late, and has forced the question of whether he shouldn’t be No. 1 while Tim Howard is away. He is still 35, though.

Greg Garza (6) – Made a neat save of an electric Czech counter attack in the 76th minute.

Tim Ream (7) – Also had a big clear in the goal mouth after the aforementioned Gyau giveaway.

Alfredo Morales (5) – Not entirely visible until a high, harsh challenge in injury time helped earn him a yellow card.

Brek Shea (5) – Didn’t do much aside from a few fouls that may’ve not been fouls. Still, needed to do something and failed to do much

Emerson Hyndman (5) – Making his debut at 18, he committed a miserable giveaway in the 84th minute before racing back to win the ball on a clean tackle.

US lineup

United States: Guzan (Rimando, 46′), F. Johnson, Orozco (Ream, 46′), Brooks, Chandler (Garza, 63′); Bedoya, Corona (Shea, 63′), Diskerud (Morales, 63′); Green, Altidore, Gyau

Goals: Bedoya (39)

  1. onelovesoccer7 - Sep 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Brooks has to be rated higher. dude had a very solid game. Ream’s rating is too high but not outrageous. Gyau had an 8 in the first half, but i think he dropped off in the 2nd half. so not sure an 8, overall, is accurate. other ratings seem fair.

  2. docstraw - Sep 3, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    I don’t think Brek Shea did anything to merit any callups for a while. Hope he gets his club situation sorted but honestly he doesn’t seem good enough for national team duty. 2nd half was a mess so it is hard to judge completely. Sad to see Altidore turn into Emile Heskey but there is very little danger in him these days. Didn’t love the chemistry of the midfield 3. Corona is hard to figure. Not sure what kind of player he really is. Seemed hesitant to try the pass that would unlock the D in moments where he had a window of opportunity. Brooks was strong, as was goalkeeping.

  3. Ian's Rushtache - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Only saw the final 10 plus extra time. Based on that time frame I would suggest Rimando earned a rating of 73/10.

  4. cdkeli - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    The passing was tight and the control was impressive. Never seen the US team play with so much confidence. Kudos to JK!!

  5. canis216 - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Diskerud certainly helped himself a lot, showing tremendous energy and desire to win the ball, which is precisely what Klinsmann has been asking of him. Could have shown some more creativity on the ball, but that’s perhaps a function of a lack of runs from deep or from the wings into the middle. But Mix showed that he could hold his own when starting in a deeper position. That’s huge for him.

  6. nbcrollaround - Sep 4, 2014 at 4:28 AM

    Rimando!

  7. awhayes - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Diskerud was a 10. The fact that he sat on the bench in the World Cup is ridiculous. Especially considering how crappy our midfield was playing. He orchestrated and managed our impressive first half possession game – passing at a tempo and rhythm well beyond what our more senior World Cup guys could achieve. (Corona wasn’t great but did help some in the possession game…)

    Gyau was the best player on the field in the first half. Wow.

    Tim Ream is one of our best 3 defenders (Johnson, Besler). A pairing of Tim Ream and Besler at the World Cup would have been best. (I would have preferred Brooks, Orozco AND Ream to the other CB partners Besler had at the World Cup.)

    Fabian Johnson is on the verge of becoming an elite player. I’m guessing a big-time team goes after him in the next couple years.

  8. digbysellers - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I’d much rather have any negative thoughts about Rimando being the #1 be due to his size instead of his age to be honest. He’ll be close to 40 when the next WC comes around true, but really in the GK world that’s not “old” necessarily. If he plays well and gets a shot I’m all for it even though I don’t see him beating out Howard (who some are already saying will be “old” in another 4 years) when he comes back anyway. But boy, is he a little guy in that net and that’s what makes me the most nervous when he’s out there.

  9. rationalguy63 - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    “Jozy Altidore (6) – Wearing the captain’s arm band, Altidore was a little clumsy with his touch but was a physical force to be reckoned with.”

    This could be the review of EVERY performance by Jozy. I have asserted numerous times that Jozy lacks the touch to be effective. He has feet of stone and can be easily neutralized by a skilled defender.

    Athletic? Sure, but big and strong doesn’t win the day against skills.

    Time to move on and find better skills.

  10. player169 - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Hydeman looked sharp on the ball…changed directions fast like Dempsey and distributed…looked better then a 5…

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