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

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

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In a heart-stopping match, the USA's dream of hoisting the World Cup was ended by a spectacular Belgium side. The USMNT showed their usual heart and passion, as well as amazing goalkeeping from Tim Howard, but they fell short of the task. Find out how each American player performed against Belgium.

GK - Tim Howard

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GK - Tim Howard

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The USMNT's best player during this World Cup has been Tim Howard. Howard did everything humanly possible to avoid the American defeat today. Shot after shot, Belgium was beginning to get frustrated with Howard's amazing saves, but after 16 saves, Howard could only do so much. In what was the best performance from a goalie so far, Howard gets himself a 10.

RB - Fabian Johnson

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RB - Fabian Johnson

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Fabian Johnson only managed to play for 30 minutes, but in those minutes, he was having an extremely hard time with Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne. Belgium was making a habit of attacking his side and it made him look bad. Johnson gets a 3-out-of-10.

CB - Omar Gonzalez

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CB - Omar Gonzalez

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For the first 90 minutes, Omar Gonzalez was the USA's best defender. He was left one-on-one on a number of occasions but always came out winning. He made good coverages, as well as timely tackles, but when Lukaku came on, he could never handle him. Lukaku's strength and athleticism were too much for Gonzalez, who was always on the losing end. Gonzalez gets a 6.5-out-of-10.

CB - Matt Besler

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CB - Matt Besler

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Much like Gonzalez, Matt Besler's first 90 minutes were great. Belgium was taking advantage of the wings and the poor midfield, but Besler and Gonzalez tried their best to make up for it. Besler, however, showed his exhaustion when Lukaku came on, where his terrible mistake led to Belgium's first goal. 6-out-of-10 for Besler.

LB - Demarcus Beasley

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LB - Demarcus Beasley

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Demarcus Beasley had to suffer through the attacks of de Bruyne, Hazard, Mertens and Mirallas on his side. While he did as best as one could expect, he was constantly abused by their dribbling and speed. Belgium's best attacks came from his side. He did, however, have interesting runs on attack near the end. 4-out-of-10 for Beasley.

CM - Geoff Cameron

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CM - Geoff Cameron

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Geoff Cameron was the surprise inclusion in the starting 11 as a defensive midfield, but the gamble didn't pay off. He was yellow-carded in the early stages of the game and that conditioned the rest of his game. He was constantly late on his coverages, couldn't control the midfield, and didn't give the USMNT any more offense than Beckerman had been doing. 3-out-of-10 for Cameron.

CM - Jermaine Jones

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CM - Jermaine Jones

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As usual, Jermaine Jones showed the usual grit, grind and heart that he's become known for. But his touch was off today. He failed on a number of passes during the game, which subsequently led to the USA losing the midfield battle. He pushed himself to the limit, but couldn't come out on top. 5-out-of-10 for Jones.

RM - Graham Zusi

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RM - Graham Zusi

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It was a poor performance from Graham Zusi. He was never able to contribute anything offensively and he couldn't effectively cover any of Vertonghen's offensive runs. When the U.S. needed fantastic performances from each of their players, Zusi couldn't deliver. 3-out-of-10 for Zusi.

CAM - Michael Bradley

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CAM - Michael Bradley

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Michael Bradley was never able to play at the level we're used to during this World Cup. As has been the norm throughout the tournament, he was often imprecise in his passes and hardly recovered any balls. He showed up in the last half of extra time though, putting in an amazing assist for Green to finish, and did his best to lead the U.S. to a tie. 5.5-out-of-10 for Bradley.

LM - Alejandro Bedoya

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LM - Alejandro Bedoya

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Alejandro Bedoya was, once again, invisible. One has to wonder why Klinsmann insists on starting him, as he provided very little on offense. What's even more worrying is the fact that he was on the side with Belgium's worst defender. He was subbed out for Green, who took advantage of that same side. 2-out-of-10 for Bedoya.

ST - Clint Dempsey

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ST - Clint Dempsey

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For the first 70 minutes, Dempsey was left far too alone to be able to do anything. With Wondolowski's entrance, he dropped back a bit to control the ball and create for others. He fared better in that role, helping the U.S. to get a hold of the ball again. He had the would-be-tie on a fantastic set piece, but was brilliantly denied by Courtois. 7-out-of-10 for Dempsey.

Sub - DeAndre Yedlin

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Sub - DeAndre Yedlin

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Just like in the past two games, DeAndre Yedlin's entrance was an immediate sparkplug to a stagnant offense. The USA's best attacks came through his offensive runs. That said, those same runs left a huge hole in the back that was never covered by Cameron. Belgium took advantage of that and attacked a lot from that side. He was exhausted at the end of the game from giving his all. 6.5-out-of-10 for Yedlin.

Sub - Chris Wondolowski

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Sub - Chris Wondolowski

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Chris Wondolowski will have trouble going to sleep for a long time after tonight's loss. He had the victory at his feet at the 90th minute when a Jermaine Jones' header landed right in front of him to finis; he panicked and shot it above the crossbar, much to the disbelief of everyone, including Klinsmann. His performance, and this match, might very well be remembered for that miss. 2-out-of-10 for Wondo.

Sub - Julian Green

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Sub - Julian Green

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Before this match, Julian Green was just thought of as the reason Landon Donavon was left out. But with his entrance today, he'll be looked at as the rookie that gave a nation hope. His beautiful volley started up the American onslaught, which unfortunately fell short. His dribbling, speed and ability give the USA something to look forward to in the coming years. 8-out-of-10 for Green.

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