2014 World Cup: USA’s Player Ratings vs. Germany

2014 World Cup: USA's Player Ratings vs Germany

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The USMNT's performance against Germany wasn't exactly ideal, but all that matters now is the qualification to the next round. And while USA celebrate this loss, they'll soon have to go back to the drawing board to fix serious issues. Find out how each American player did against Germany.

GK - Tim Howard

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GK - Tim Howard

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Make no doubt about it; Tim Howard was the USMNT's best player during the group stage. Once again, he saved the Americans from a huge defeat. He was integral in stopping a number of shots and was constantly shouting orders to his defenders. 9 out of 10 for Howard.

RB - Fabian Johnson

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RB - Fabian Johnson

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As expected, Fabian Johnson wasn't very active on offense and stuck to keeping his flank well-defended. And like most of the defense, there was little he could do against the excellent German midfield. That said, he used his speed to his advantage, keeping up with Podolski and Mueller as well as he could. 6 out of 10 for Johnson.

CB - Omar Gonzalez

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CB - Omar Gonzalez

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Omar Gonzalez was the surprise inclusion in the starting XI, and he didn't disappoint. He was the best American defender on the field. He made crucial tackles in the first half and won every header in the second half. He covered most of his teammates' mistakes well and kept his own mistakes to a minimum. 8 out of 10 for Gonzalez.

CB - Matt Besler

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CB - Matt Besler

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Matt Besler wasn't quite as good as he has been throughout the tournament. He had trouble keeping up with Klose and Mueller and was left out of position on a number of occasions. In the second half, with Germany slowing the pace down, he was able to compose himself and pull the game through. 6 out of 10 for Besler.

LB - Demarcus Beasley

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LB - Demarcus Beasley

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Demarcus Beasley had a terrible start, as he was constantly beat by Ozil and with off-ball movements by Boateng. But after the first 15 minutes, he was able to recover and he managed to lock down his flank for most of the game. He also had a couple of interesting forward runs, although they never amounted to anything. 6.5 out of 10 for Beasley.

CM - Jermaine Jones

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CM - Jermaine Jones

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Few players have the passion displayed by Jermaine Jones on the field. He was the USMNT's best field player today, as he fought for every 50-50 ball and ignited the best American attacks. He hounded every German player around him and stole a number of balls in the midfield. You can't help but feel that same passion when you see Jones give it his all every game. 8.5 out of 10 for Jones.

CM - Kyle Beckerman

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CM - Kyle Beckerman

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You won't notice Beckerman that much, but his role in Jurgen Klinsmann's system is vital. He always made himself available to the defense for the easy pass and linked up well with Bradley and Jones. He covered his teammates very well when they attacked and never lost the ball. He fouls when he has to, and he times his movements perfectly. 7.5 out of 10 for Beckerman.

RM - Graham Zusi

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RM - Graham Zusi

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When Graham Zusi started out the game on the right flank, he was drowned out by the German midfield. When Klinsmann made him switch flanks with Davis, he performed much better. The best American attacks in the first half came on his side. During the second half, he focused more on the defensive end and was subbed out after gassing out. 6.5 out of 10 for Zusi.

CAM - Michael Bradley

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CAM - Michael Bradley

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On paper Michael Bradley is the USMNT's best player, but during the group stage he's been a major disappointment. While he had a couple of good passes against Germany, he also gave a number of balls away and did little to bother the German midfield. A player like Bradley has to show up a lot more if USA want to go deep in the tournament. 4 out of 10 for Bradley.

LM - Brad Davis

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LM - Brad Davis

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Very little was shown from Brad Davis in his World Cup debut. He's known as an excellent crosser and an even better set-piece taker, but he was practically invisible against Germany. Outside of a few passes to the back-line, he never impacted the game. 2 out of 10 for Davis.

ST - Clint Dempsey

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ST - Clint Dempsey

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As has been the case throughout the tournament, Clint Dempsey had the tough task of fighting against the defense by himself. Unfortunately, the German defense was too good, and Dempsey couldn't handle the ball for two seconds without being hounded by Hummels and Mertesacker. He had his only chance near the end of the game but headed it too high. 5 out of 10 for the captain.

Sub - Alejandro Bedoya

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Sub - Alejandro Bedoya

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Alejandro Bedoya came in to give USA some fresh legs and help defend. He complied well with his duties, although Germany had already taken the foot off the pedal. He did, however, have the team's best chance at the end, with Philipp Lahm making a crucial save. 6 out of 10 for Bedoya.

Sub - DeAndre Yedlin

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Sub - DeAndre Yedlin

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Much like the game against Portugal, his entrance gave USA some much needed speed on the wings. While he only played a couple of minutes, he bothered Hoewedes with his speed and participated in Clint Dempsey's missed chance at the end. 6 out of 10 for Yedlin.

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