Player Ratings: Austria 1-0 USA

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BY PATRICK MacDONALD
Staff Writer

It should have been a 1-1 tie, but the record book will say a 1-0 loss.

The U.S. close out the 2013 campaign with a loss, playing better than they did against Scotland a few days earlier. Despite the limp into the offseason, the U.S. finished with it’s highest win total and percentage ever while winning both the Gold Cup and the Hex. A successful season all around.

For now, let’s look at how everyone did against Austria:

Tim Howard GK – 6
Had no real chance on the goal, for the most part cleaned up everything that came his way. A real nice save on what would be the last play of the game.

Geoff Cameron RB – 6.5
Was fine defensively all night. As the U.S. needed more offense, he started pressing forward and made an impressive impact with a shot on goal and a few nice crosses. His deflection on the first half corner should have been ruled a goal.

Omar Gonzalez CB – 7
Played mistake free soccer, had a nice few passes out of the back and generally kept his section in the middle clear of danger.

John Brooks CB – 4
For the most part, was solid. However, two worrisome moments stand out as he could have been burned for a goal as he was brutally faked out early in the first half. He needs to do better to clear that cross on the winner.

DaMarcus Beasley LB – 5.5
Quiet night for Beasley. Only real mistake was the one that allowed Austria’s goal where he allowed too much space out wide.

Jermaine Jones CM – 4.5
Got forward a bit too much and was truly sloppy in possession. Klinsmann needs to hammer home the mentality that Bradley is the two way guy whereas Jones is the destroyer – a role he excels at.

Michael Bradley CM – 5
Not a great night for Bradley. He was good in keeping possession when under pressure, but he was unable to break down the Austrian defense with his passing.

Alejandro Bedoya RM – 5.5
Had a few moments where he displayed the type of skill that could change a game, but overall, those moments were too few and far between

Brek Shea LM – 5
Played relatively mistake free soccer, but his greatest asset – aggressive play – was rarely displayed.

Aron Jóhannsson F Р5
Had a blistering shot that nearly missed in the first half, was overall solid in possession, but he faded as the match wore on.

Jozy Altidore F – 5
Had some nice moments in possession, set up Bradley nicely on a scoring opportunity. Narrowly missed a shot in the first half. Good job creating space on his second half shot on goal, but he needs to put that in.

Substitutions:

Mix Diskerud CAM – 6
Calm under pressure on the ball which is an asset. Aided in spurring the attack onward in search of a late equalizer.

Eddie Johnson LM – 4
Showed once again he’s not a winger. Nothing was created on his side of the field in his half hour of work.

Terrence Boyd F – 5
Lively in an attempt to equalize for the U.S.. Had a nice shot that went high. May have been more effective earlier before Austria packed it in to hold on for the win.

Sacha Kljestan RM – 6
Definitely one of the more dangerous players in passing and holding possession as they searched for the equalizer, even while playing out of position.

Eric Lichaj RB – 5
While he wasn’t given much of an opportunity, he didn’t do enough with the short time he had. Despite a dangerous foray forward after coming on, he quieted down very quickly.

Chris Wondolowski F – INC
A cameo that amounted to little.