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 Howard – 5.5
Not much he could do on either goal and did well commanding his box in the poor conditions.
Steve Cherundolo – 5
Quiet night, though passing was still sharp. Almost cost the team with his poor headed clearance, but recovered well.
Clarence Goodson – 4.5
Generally good positioning, but outmuscled a few times when challenging for the ball.
Carlos Bocanegra – 5.5
Solid 100th cap, but he needs to do a better job organizing the rest of the backline.
Timmy Chandler – 4
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 Beckerman – 4
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 Bradley – 5.5
Good set pieces and smartly adapted to the diamond midfield, but didn’t see too much of the ball.
Fabian Johnson – 7
Very active in the attack and looked dangerous from the opening whistle. Did well to earn the penalty kick. Impressive first start.
Clint Dempsey – 7.5
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 Buddle – 7
Great goal and proved a good partner for Altidore. Just what the U.S. attack has been missing.
Jozy Altidore – 5.5
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 Shea – 4.5
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.