2014 World Cup: USMNT’s Player Ratings vs. Portugal

2014 World Cup: USA's Player Ratings vs. Portugal

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It was a heartbreaking night in Manaus, as the American grit and grind was shocked by a last-second Portuguese goal. While the result isn't what the USMNT wanted (or deserved for that matter), the individual performances of most American players are to be celebrated and praised.

GK - Tim Howard

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GK - Tim Howard

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This was yet another game where Tim Howard was one of the best players on the field. When Portugal was playing better and attacking, Howard came up huge with big saves. He stopped a number of Nani's shots, and when he made a mistake, he was quick to react to it. There was little he could do in either Portuguese goal. 8.5 out of 10 for Howard.

RB - Fabian Johnson

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RB - Fabian Johnson

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Fabian Johnson was the USA's best attacker in the first half. He was going up whenever possible, and each of his runs were serious threats to the Portuguese defense. In the second half, he stayed back to defend Cristiano Ronaldo, and he responded well. He did, however, commit a number of silly fouls that could and should have been avoided. 7 out of 10 for Johnson.

CB - Geoff Cameron

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CB - Geoff Cameron

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It'll be a match to forget for Geoff Cameron, as he was directly responsible for both of the Portuguese goals. He made a terrible clearance that led to Nani's goal in the first half, and he let Varela beat him to the header in the second goal. 3 out of 10 for Geoff Cameron.

CB - Mat Besler

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CB - Mat Besler

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Just like in the game against Ghana, Mat Besler was the USA's best defender. He understands exactly when to cover and when to tackle; his timing is impeccable, and he wins any header that he goes up for. He kept the American defense organized for most of the game. 8 out of 10 for Besler.

LB - Demarcus Beasley

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LB - Demarcus Beasley

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After a terrible World Cup start, Demarcus Beasley had a much better game. Of course, that's not saying much. He chose his runs better this time around and was much more successful in defending his wing. Despite Nani beating him on the dribble a few times, he was always focused on his coverages. 6.5 out of 10 for Beasley.

CDM - Kyle Beckerman

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CDM - Kyle Beckerman

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Much like most of the American team, Kyle Beckerman's performance was much better in comparison to their game against Ghana. He managed to disrupt and anticipate a number of Portuguese passes and was quick to give the ball up to either Jermaine Jones or Michael Bradley. However, he began to show signs of fatigue near the last quarter of the game, as he was beaten a number of times. 7 out of 10 for Beckerman.

CM - Jermaine Jones

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CM - Jermaine Jones

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Above all, you have to value Jermaine Jones' energy and passion on the pitch. He's a tireless workhorse who has the ability to defend well and start up a quick counterattack. That said, he can also play extremely unorganized and leave holes in the back that aren't always covered. But all is forgiven after a great goal that began the American comeback. 8 out of 10 for Jermaine Jones.

RM - Graham Zusi

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RM - Graham Zusi

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Alongside Fabian Johnson, Graham Zusi managed to become a serious bother to the the Portuguese defense on the right wing. He was constantly looking to kick in crosses and showed a great understanding of the game by putting in a smart cross to Dempsey for the second goal. In the second half, however, he was losing too many balls that led to quick counterattacks. 7 out of 10 for Zusi.

LM - Alejandro Bedoya

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LM - Alejandro Bedoya

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For the second game in a row, Bedoya has left an underwhelming image as a starter. He spent large portions of the match away from the ball, going unnoticed and contributing very little to the American offense. While he helped on defense when Joao Pereira went forward, it wasn't enough to make it a solid performance. 4 out of 10 for Bedoya.

CAM - Michael Bradley

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CAM - Michael Bradley

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He was one of America's best players for 94 minutes. He was anticipating passes, pressing the midfield and putting in some of the best passes you'll see in the World Cup. But in the 95th minute, he made a terrible mistake by losing an easy ball in the midfield that led to the last-second Portuguese goal. It was an unfortunate end to an otherwise good night for Bradley. 6 out of 10 for the midfielder.

ST - Clint Dempsey

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ST - Clint Dempsey

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It was a great game from the American captain who managed to score the (at the time) winning goal. Clint Dempsey had the tall task of fighting off the Portuguese defenders as the lone man up front, but he showed that he had more than enough class to do so. He created a number of chances for others and was a constant threat on goal. 8 out of 10 for Dempsey.

Sub - DeAndre Yedlin

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Sub - DeAndre Yedlin

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DeAndre Yedlin was the substitute that the American team needed at the time. His speed and energy gave the USA a huge lift that eventually led to their second goal. In the last minutes of the game, he was able to defend well and kick out any potential threats. 7 out of 10 for Yedlin.





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