New England Soccer Today

Player Ratings: U.S. Men’s National Team at Slovenia

After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the United States National Team players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection). This week Sean Donahue contributed ratings for the USA’s 3-2 victory over Slovenia.

Tim Howard5.5

Clint Dempsey continues to lead the U.S. attack. (Photo by CHRIS ADUAMA/

Not much he could do on either goal and did well commanding his box in the poor conditions.

Steve Cherundolo5

Quiet night, though passing was still sharp. Almost cost the team with his poor headed clearance, but recovered well.

Clarence Goodson4.5

Generally good positioning, but outmuscled a few times when challenging for the ball.

Carlos Bocanegra5.5

Solid 100th cap, but he needs to do a better job organizing the rest of the backline.

Timmy Chandler4

He had his moments going forward, but he was out of sync with the rest of the backline defensively leading to dangerous chances for Slovenia.

Kyle Beckerman4

Consecutive subpar performances for the man counted on to be the anchor in front of the backline. Beckerman’s marking and one-on-one defending was poor.

Michael Bradley5.5

Good set pieces and smartly adapted to the diamond midfield, but didn’t see too much of the ball.

Fabian Johnson7

Very active in the attack and looked dangerous from the opening whistle. Did well to earn the penalty kick. Impressive first start.

Clint Dempsey7.5

Typical Dempsey. Scored a goal, helped create another and was a constant threat all night. When things are going wrong Dempsey can still create something out of nothing.

Edson Buddle7

Great goal and proved a good partner for Altidore. Just what the U.S. attack has been missing.

Jozy Altidore5.5

Good penalty and clearly works better with a partner, but has to finish his chances when they come, such as the tap-in he missed on Johnson’s cross.

(sub) Brek Shea4.5

Failed to make an impact off the bench and didn’t do well keeping possession when the U.S. was trying to hold the lead late.

(sub) Maurice Edu – N/A

Helped shore up the midfield as a late sub, but too little time to make much of an impact.

(sub) Jermaine Jones – N/A

Clock management sub.

(sub) Robbie Rogers – N/A

Clock management sub.

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