USMNT RATINGS VS. TURKEY
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KRIS LINDSAY - Monday, June 2, 2014
The United States defeated Turkey 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena, behind goals from Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson. Here are the ratings from the game:

Tim Howard - 6.5 - In the right place at the right time, had a couple of nice saves and made several good decisions.

Fabian Johnson - 7.0 and MOTM - Fantastic talent on the one time finish goal. Looked like he was still learning to communicate with Cameron at some points, but was largely solid in his one on one matchups.

Geoff Cameron - 5.5 - Had a few missteps, and had a hand in the penalty (pun intended). His heading is effective and was used in several situations to get the US out of dangerous moments.

Matt Besler - 5.0 - Looked a bit out of sync with Chandler and Cameron. There were several gaping holes that Portugal and Germany are looking at with anxiousness.

Timmy Chandler - 5.5 - Looked stronger in defense as the game went on, and had good service going forward. It was from his cross that Dempsey got his tap in goal. Had the lazy moment late where he gave up the ball that ultimately resulted in the goal.

Jermaine Jones - 6.5 - Great game defensively for Jones, who may have had his best outing in a US shirt in a while. While there were a few turnovers committed going forward, he was excellent on defense, and helped to bail out the back four on multiple occasions.

Graham Zusi - 6.0 - More of a quiet evening from Zusi, but had several good passes that result in chances.

Brad Davis - 6.0 - Not as a great of a game as he had against Azerbaijan, but was effective with his passes, and lethal with his set pieces.

Michael Bradley - 6.5 - Showed a touch of class on his chip over the top to Fabian Johnson. Had some nice through passes, and helped with his dribble and passing to break out of a clogged up midfield.

Clint Dempsey - 6.5 - Had a few chances early before tapping home a goal from a defensive mistake. Worked well with Altidore, creating many more chances than in the previous game.

Jozy Altidore - 6.0 - Would have scored higher had he finished one of his chances, and likely would have been man of the match. Great hold up play, and great runs that got the US in several scoring positions.

Substitutes

Kyle Beckerman - 6.0 - Did well maintaining possession in tight spaces, but was it enough to put him ahead of Jones? Probably not, especially after Jones' strong performance.

Brad Guzan - 6.0 - Had a pair of nice saves, although he did misjudge one shot. Guessed right on the penalty, but couldn't get there in time.

John Brooks - 6.5 - Good recovery speed and solid marking from the young German-American. He's not necessarily in contention for the starting role, but he began an argument for it today.

Mix Diskerud - 6.0 - Brought a lot of energy in, and was hustling to every ball. Was creative with his passing, and helped to track back. May be making his own argument for a starting position against Ghana.

Julian Green - 5.5 - Had a great run to get himself in a fantastic position, but couldn't quite bring the ball down with his first touch. Looks like he is getting more comfortable on the field, but hasn't made enough of a contribution yet.

DeAndre Yedlin - 6.0 - Had a couple of key clearances in the end. His speed was key in slowing Turkey's attack from the wing.

Coaching

[b] Jurgen Klinsmann - 5.5 - Clearly there are problems with chemistry in the back four. Klinsmann is taking a gamble by playing the two fullbacks on their opposite natural positions, and we'll see if it pays off. Credit to him seeing something in the Turkish defense that allowed Jozy and Dempsey to have several quality chances.
muchadu
Friday June 6, 2014 11:52 am
Our scoring opportunities were telling in the Turkey game. Johnson's skill in the near the box is a sorely missing component. Great to see Bradley have a perfect assist! Again something desperately needed in a WC game. If Klinsi could just start AJ and Demps up top and leave Jozy as the sub, then we would be going places. He has gotta stop drinking the Jozy Koolaid and realize the quality AJ will bring. The goal for Demps was what he does best... POACH....Demps will thrive with opportunities provided from AJ.
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