USMNT MATCH RATINGS VS. CANADA
JAMIE HILL - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
USA played Canada to a drab 0-0 draw on Tuesday night and here are the grades
The American attack was feckless in its attempt to break down the sturdy Canadian bunker, while the US defense was not strenuously tested for much of the match. Continuing a familiar theme in the Klinsmann era, the US dominated possession but failed to generate many dangerous scoring chances. Ultimately, this culmination of the January camp will be viewed as a disappointment to fans hoping to see a variety of players make a strong case for inclusion in the full national team.
Sean Johnson - 6
Johnson was not tested often, but he was well-positioned to make a reaction save on a first half De Rosario header, Canada's most dangerous attack of the night.
Tony Beltran - 5
Beltran had an unremarkable night. He occasionally found himself out of position and did not dispel concern that he lacks the quickness to be effective against top competition.
Omar Gonzalez - 6.5
This match wasn't the best opportunity to give Gonzalez a true test, considering Canada never applied too much pressure on the US backline. Still, Gonzalez was a powerful presence in the air and avoided any mistakes on Canadian counterattacks.
Matt Besler - 6.5
Like Gonzalez, Besler did not hurt his NT case but the circumstances of the match limited how much ability he could show off. Besler did show distribution skills that should appeal to Klinsmann in the future.
Justin Morrow - 5.5
Morrow was caught out of position at the very beginning of the game, leading to a semi-dangerous moment for Canada and seemed a half-step behind the game mentally. He was industrious getting forward and joining the attack, but he needs to work to adjust to the speed of play at the international level.
Brad Davis - 6
Davis was one of the best players on the field in the first half, but was fairly anonymous after the break. He served in a number of quality balls to the box, both from set pieces and from the run of play. Davis has never had the speed to be a legitimate option on the wing for the US team, but he showed enough technique and vision to merit consideration as a midfield sparkplug off the bench.
Kyle Beckerman - 7 (Man of the Match)
Beckerman put in a strong shift on the night. He was tidy in possession and was influential in cleaning up the center of the park. The US clearly lost ground in the midfield battle after he exited the game.
Brad Evans - 5
Evans didn't make much of an impact on the game as a midfielder in the first half. At right back, he put in a hard-working shift but is not well-suited to the position in terms of joining the attack.
Graham Zusi - 6
As the attacking player in camp with the highest current NT status, Zusi was expected to help drive the offense. He did what he could, but it wasn't enough to push the US over the top and snag a goal.
Eddie Johnson - 5.5
Johnson did his part to hold up the ball, but didn't make himself as dangerous as he needed to be.
Chris Wondolowski - 5.5
Wondo had a few nice moments in combination play. He was unable to accomplish what he does so well in San Jose, which is slip away from defenders at opportune times and poach goals.
Josh Gatt - 5.5
Gatt's fight and energy stood out in a lethargic game. His speed will open many doors for him throughout his career, but to be more than a bench option for the national team he will need to refine his decision-making. He knows how to start attacking plays but he's not always sure how to end them.
Benny Feilhaber - 6.5
Feilhaber flashed a familiar silkiness on the ball and generated several promising attacks with pinpoint passes. His ability to control the ball and maintain possession in tight spaces stood out tonight.
Alejandro Bedoya - 5
It was a disappointing return to the national team for Bedoya, who did not show much in a substitute appearance.
Juan Agudelo - 6
Agudelo was lively up top and drew a few fouls to set up set piece opportunities.
Alfredo Morales - N/A