KRIS LINDSAY - Thursday, November 21, 2013
The USA played to a difficult defeat in the last game of the year, falling 1-0 to the Austrians in Vienna. Here are the player ratings:

Starting Lineup

GK Tim Howard (7) - Howard had four saves, and couldn't do much for the goal that was scored. His distribution was decent on the night as well.

RB Geoff Cameron (7.5) - Cameron may have solidified himself as the go-to right back. He had a lot of success getting forward, and stood out in the back. Probably should have had the equalizer, but it wasn't called.

D Omar Gonzalez (5) - Had some bright moments and some difficult moments. Struggled with cohesion with Brooks. There are still question marks on the back line that will need to be sorted out.

D John Anthony Brooks (5) - Brooks struggled to find his footing, and it cost the USA the goal that should have been cleared out. It was clear that Brooks and Gonzalez weren't used to playing together, but they solidified in the second half.

LB DaMarcus Beasley (4.5) - Was partly at fault on the goal and probably should have stopped the cross. He was ineffective getting forward, and struggled in the back. Nearly allowed Austria to get a second early in the second half.

M Jermaine Jones (5) - Struggled with the ball at his feet, and gave the ball away several times before being subbed off in the second half.

M Michael Bradley (6) - Had some great lobs that put teammates into dangerous positions, but lacked a bit of control in the midfield.

M Alejandro Bedoya (5) - Very quiet night. Had a hand in the should-have-been goal, but struggled at getting the ball to others in dangerous situations.

F Aron Jóhannsson (5) - Many thought that this would be a takeoff night for Johannsson, but the Icelandic-American struggled with the ball at his feet, and seemed to lose himself on the field, not knowing where his teammates were and giving the ball away frequently.

M Brek Shea (4.5) - It's official: Shea is a game changer, but only as a late substitute. He was largely ineffective throughout the game, and he lost the ball several times in the midfield.

F Jozy Altidore (6.5) - Good control of the ball, and had a couple of dangerous shots. Much better than Scotland, but still unable to find the back of the net.

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann (4.5) - It seems clear that the 4-2-3-1 provides very little going forward for this team, yet Jurgen continues to use it until the USA find themselves in a tough spot, before the switch to the 4-4-2. Maybe try starting on the 4-4-2?


M Mix Diskerud (6) - Mix was successful in moving the team around in attack, but not in his usual effective manners of slip passing and point-of-entry changes.

M Eddie Johnson (4.5) - It's pretty clear that the wing is not the home for Johnson, who found it difficult to create space for himself. He got into a couple of dangerous positions, but made little impact on the game.

F Terrence Boyd (6.0) - Was able to get off a dangerous shot, but is still trying to find that elusive first goal. Got into good places, but struggled finding his touch in critical moments.

M Sacha Kljestan (5.5) - Didn't give the ball away, but was a non-factor for the time that he was in. Wasn't able to break down the Austrian defense.

RB Eric Lichaj (N/A) - Came on late, not a significant factor.

F Chris Wondolowski (N/A) - Came on very late, no real action.

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