Like I said, I’ve never done one of these before so here goes nothing…
Players will be graded on a 1-10 scale though I guess zeros and elevens are possible if someone plays that poorly or awesome. This is just
on the individual contributions of the player to the game/team and are completely my opinions though I will try to as fair as possible to everyone,
including guys that I’m not fond of (Danny Williams) or who are in bad form with the USA (Jozy Altidore).
Also, for those who didn’t read my full entry on the game, I missed the first 30 minutes due to a small broadcasting error. My local
establishment did not have BeIN Sports as part of their DirecTV package (but they did in 2012) which left me scrambling to find an alternative viewing spot. According to my sources, I didn’t miss much. On to the rankings…
GK #1 Tim Howard – (7) – Had several good saves in the first half. Spent most of his day trying to organize his disastrous backline and
probably cursing. Loved his reaction to the first Honduras goal which was somewhere between shocked, impressed and WTF is my defense doing.
LB #23 Fabian Johnson – (4) – After stabilizing the problematic USA left back spot last year, didn’t really have a great impact on
the game at either end, especially in the second half as Honduras consistently pressured the US goal.
CB #5 Omar Gonzalez – (3) – Generally an ineffective day for the young LA Galaxy back, and that was before he failed to mark Bengston on
Honduras’ winner. You might be able to get away with that in MLS Omar, but certainly not against international competition.
CB #20 Geoff Cameron – (4) – I know that Cameron has all of 12 caps at 27 years of age, but that made him the elder statesman of this
makeshift back four of the future. He needed to step up and lead this bunch and clearly wasn’t ready or didn’t want that responsibility. Harsh, but in my opinion true, Tim Howard isn’t the only guy who can get on defenders.
RB #2 Timmy Chandler – (3) – Timmy, when Steve Cherundolo takes his job back next month, I want you to watch everything that he does and then copy it. As far as you’re concerned, Steve Cherundolo is God. Jurgen Klinsmann is the personnel officer who hired God. The fact that Cherundolo [just underwent knee surgery ]does not change this. (Anyone who knows that reference is my hero, leave the guesses/answer in the comments.)
LM #18 Eddie Johnson – (6.5) – My first reaction to Eddie lined up on the left: What is Klinsmann doing? Thirty minutes later I was sad
to see him get subbed off. Great energy and pace on the left on both ends and easily could’ve scored the opener if Duece wasn’t there.
CM #4 Michael Bradley – (6) – Spent too much time picking up what little clearances the defense gave him. Very poor day from set pieces
generally although he very nearly set up the equalizer in stoppage time with a corner. Did he ball watch on the equalizer? Possibly, but not nearly as bad Omar did on the winner so I wasn’t as upset with it…it’s a perfect overhead kick, you can’t defend a world class strike.
CM #13 Jermaine Jones – (6.5) – Very solid first half, filled the center of the midfield very well and was the only player to consistently create movement, especially on the attack. A perfect pass to Dempsey for the opener and another player I was sad to see subbed off.
RM #14 Daniel Williams – (3.5) – I don’t want to keep saying that Danny isn’t an international starter, but until he proves me wrong I’d
rather see him come off the bench where he might be able to impact a game for 15 minutes because he just doesn’t do it for the first sixty. Rightfully first man subbed off and that’s saying something with the way the backline was all day.
ST #17 Jozy Altidore – (5) – Just didn’t get to see enough of the ball because he doesn’t have anyone to get it to him and he doesn’t come
back enough to get it. I’m okay with Jozy getting starts, he’s killing it for AZ, but he’s a pure striker, always facing goal. He needs someone who can play off him better like Gomez or Dempsey/Donovan on the wings. He just gets lost out there when the US doesn’t give him a chance to run onto the ball and the few half chances he does get are few and far between.
ST #8 Clint Dempsey – (7) – Amazing finish though sadly only the second best goal of the game. Still don’t know why he started up front
instead of at right mid but either way, didn’t get the ball enough and when he did couldn’t do much with it.
Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann – (3) – Terrible lineup, no fluidity to the formation, but I actually thought that the three early subs were aggressive and attack orientated but at the end of the day nothing can save him from that disastrous backline performance with Bocanegra sitting on
MF #7 Maurice Edu – (6) – Had an immediate impact coming in for Danny Williams, mainly because of his predecessor’s performance. His energy
level alone between the boxes should be enough to see him featured in the next set of qualifiers.
MF #16 Sasha Kljestan – (5.5) – Tried to make an impact on the left side but didn’t have enough opportunities in the thirty minutes he was
on the field but his playmaking ability in the midfield can’t be denied, when his team can actually gain possession.
MF #19 Graham Zusi - (4.5) – Spent most of the time fouling on the right wing and was in my opinion lucky to escape a yellow on multiple
occasions. Almost assisted on the equalizer off a corner late in the game.