ANDY SCHREUR - Thursday, February 7, 2013
Could things have been different with Landon Donovan and Captain Carlos Bocanegra in the lineup?
Tim Howard: 6
Howard made some big saves and allowed the US to stay in the match. Hardly to blame for the first-half bicycle kick golazo and the defensive error leading to the second goal.
Fabian Johnson: 4.5
He didn't have a huge impact on the match and was not able to push forward as Klinsmann would have wanted.
Geoff Cameron: 3.5
Not a great match from Cameron and his blunder lead to Honduras' second goal. He also missed several clearances in the first half and did not seem to communicate well with Omar Gonzalez.
Omar Gonzalez: 3.5
Gonzalez struggled in first competitive match as a USMNT defender. He was not confident on the ball but did have several headed clearances, using his 6-foot-5 frame.
Timothy Chandler: 3.5
Chandler is now cup-tied to the US and seemed to be targeted by Honduras all match long. His failed clearance in the first half lead to the first Honduras goal and he was mostly unable to push the ball forward on the right side.
Danny Williams: 4.5
Williams was not at his best on Wednesday and looked a bit rusty on the ball. However, he was steady with his short passes but did not have a big impact and was not comfortable on the outside.
Michael Bradley: 6
Bradley was the USMNT's best outfield player against Honduras, looking confident and running box-to-box the entire match.
Eddie Johnson: 4
Johnson was on the field to provide speed on the wing, which he did well when Altidore nearly directed in his cross in the first half. Otherwise, he was dispossessed on several occasions and was clearly exhausted going into the second half.
Jermaine Jones: 4.5
Despite his beautiful assist on Clint Dempsey's goal, Jones struggled in the first half and looked tired throughout. Chandler and Jones did not seem to communicate well on the right side of defense and were constantly under pressure.
Clint Dempsey: 5.5
Dempsey's beautiful one-touch strike in the first half was one of the best goals in recent USMNT history. Otherwise, he was frustrated by not receiving the ball near the 18-yard box and was forced to drop further into midfield to provide pressure.
Jozy Altidore: 4.5
Altidore was the lone forward and was forced to try to track down long ball after long ball, which is not his game. He struggled to get the ball in attacking position and worked hard to chase down long balls from the midfield.
Maurice Edu: 4.5
Edu came on for Williams in the second half and was largely a non-factor.
Graham Zusi: 4
Zusi came on to provide width and crossing. Neither really happened and nearly picked up a yellow card after a hard foul and handled the ball in an attacking position just outside the box in the 76th minute.
Sacha Kljestan: 5
Kljestan was an improvement in midfield for the short time he was on but he is essentially out of position out wide.
Jurgen Klinsmann: 2
The offense continues to be anemic despite the assurances from Klinsmann. Putting Altidore alone up top while playing a defensive midfield clearly did not create enough chances on goal. The US is clearly missing speed on the outside with the absence of Landon Donovan. Jones and Williams are holding midfielders being played outside and out of position. Pairing Omar Gonzalez (in his first competitive USMNT match) with Geoff Cameron, who is not playing central defense with Stoke City, in a hostile road environment, was not a sound decision. The decision to bench Captain Carlos Bocanegra in favor of Gonzalez backfired for Klinsmann today and will raise even more questions about the future back four of the United States.