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.