KRIS LINDSAY - Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The United States booked its ticket to Brazil beating Mexico 2-0 in front of a raucous crowd in Columbus, Ohio.

Goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan were the deciding factors, as well as some superb defending and goalkeeping.

The YA ratings Player ratings: (0-10)

G Tim Howard, 7 - Great positioning from the oft-criticized Howard. Great stop on Dos Santos, and had great awareness on corners.

D DaMarcus Beasley, 6 - Much better outing then his last against Costa Rica. Got forward much better in the second half, and was in better positions defensively. Almost had a terrible own goal in the first few minutes.

D Clarence Goodson, 7 - Solid through the air, great clearances. Drew away a lot of the attention from Eddie Johnson on the corner that led to a goal.

D Omar Gonzalez, 6.5 - Missed a clearance on a critical attack from Dos Santos, but was dominant in the air. His solid defensive presence and communication with Goodson improved much from the lackluster showing against Belgium.

D Fabian Johnson, 5.5 - Got forward quite a bit, looked uncomfortable on the right side, but created a few chances in the first half before being subbed off in the second half.

M Jermaine Jones, 7.5 - Best game for the German-American in qualifiers. His terrific defending on Giovanni Dos Santos in the box one on one epitomized his performance.

M Kyle Beckerman, 6.5 - Clogged passing lanes, and forced Mexico to play wide much of the time. Paired very well with Jermaine Jones in stopping the dangerous attacking midfielders from Mexico.

M Landon Donovan, 6.5 - Hustle was great, kept pressure on the defenders. Passing wasn't as crisp as in previous games, but he was in the perfect spot for the tap in.

M Clint Dempsey, 6 - I don't think there is an American that faults him on the PK miss. Dempsey had great movement inside the 18 yard box, had a couple of chances that were blocked. May have appeared a step slower.

M Alejandro Bedoya, 5.5 - Quiet outing, with the yellow card limited his aggressiveness. He couldn't connect very well with the forwards, but was crucial in keeping possession.

F Eddie Johnson, 6.5 - Great presence on set pieces. Should have scored on the first header, but fortunately got a second chance.


D Michael Parkhurst, 6.5 - Not a threat going forward, but was solid in defense in an absolutely dominant US second half.

F Mix Diskerud, 7 - Critical touch, then a perfect ground cross in front of goal gave him the assist on the Donovan goal. Contributed with good passing after coming on.

M Graham Zusi, 6 - No real mistakes, passing was precise, hustle de-energized the Mexican midfield.

Head Coach Jürgen Klinsmann, - 8 His game plan unfolded beautifully across 90 minutes. His subs were intelligent, his presence felt. The team is playing his style, and it is working.
Thursday September 12, 2013 10:26 am
Quin, I couldn't agree more! Bedoya's touch on the ball and passing was sharp and his defensive tracking back was timely and extremely important. He definitely deserves a 7.0 or 7.5. IMO Bedoya, Donovan, and Howard were the best (consistent) players on the field.
Wednesday September 11, 2013 10:46 pm
Giving Bedoya a 5.5 rating is simply absurd. That kid tracked back constantly and saved Fabian at least three times when he was out of position. Twice he smartly committed professional fouls when Mexico was breaking towards our box and both Jones and Beckerman were completely out of position. Mexico sent 2-3 guys up our right flank consistently which required Bedoya to play alot of defense, yet despite this he still attacked consistently, often out on the wing on his own with Eddie and Dempsey nowhere to be found. At least three times he passed to EJ only to watch him fumble and give up the ball to Mexico. And lets not forget Bedoya tracked down a long ball to the base line, settled it perfectly and played a perfect pass across the mouth of goal that EJ absolutely shoot have buried but he wasn't even running full speed to meet the ball. EJ was also late to react when Bedoya settled and looked up before sending that beautiful pass. A 5.5 player rating is absolutely ludicrous. Beckerman deserved 5.0, Dempsey a 5.5 & Fabian a 5.0. Bedoya deserved a 7.0 for his magnificent effort while on the pitch.

Email (will not appear on the site)


Join the YA Email Alert?

Comments are moderated and will be posted if they are on-topic and free of profanity, abuse and spam. HTML and links are not allowed.