Player Ratings: Belgium 4-2 U.S. National Team

(Image, US Soccer Facebook)

(Image, US Soccer Facebook)

BY PATRICK MacDONALD
Staff Writer

Score’s can often be deceiving and the U.S. certainly played better than the 4-2 scoreline would suggest.

For the most part, they were able to hang with the strong Belgian side only to have moments in which they made mental errors that led to goals. The plus is that’s what these friendlies are for; correct the mental errors now so they don’t happen when it counts.

For now, let’s see how the team did individually.

Tim Howard – GK: 7
Did everything he was supposed to on Belgium’s first goal but was let down by his defenders. Made a few nice saves the rest of the first half. Solid night all around.

DaMarcus Beasley – LB: 8
The best player in a U.S. uniform against Belgium. Completely shut down his side on defense and was dangerous in the attack.

Clarence Goodson – CB: 7
Strong night for Goodson, can hardly be faulted for any of the three goals scored while he was on the field.

Omar Gonzalez – CB: 3
A night to truly forget for the young L.A. Galaxy defender. Ball watched on the first goal and completely mishandled the ball on the second. Other than the two major gaffes, he had actually played well.

Geoff Cameron – RB: 5.5
Also guilty of ball watching on Belgium’s first score, but redeemed himself moments later with the equalizer. Looks to be the defender who kept Benteke onside on the fourth goal.

Jermaine Jones – CM: 7.5
Overall bossed the midfield for the U.S. making some great tackles to stymie Belgian attacks. Late in the game sent a few nice long balls over the top to create a few chances for the U.S.. Had one gaffe in not pressuring on the pass leading to Belgium’s final score.

Sacha Kljestan – CM: 5
A night typical of Kljestan in a U.S. shirt. Didn’t offer much. Turned the ball over a bit too often which seemed to cause him to become overly cautious and tentative as the match wore on.

Brad Davis – LM: 6
Decent night for the Houston Dynamo man. Sent in the free kick that led to the U.S.’s first goal and delivered a number of good balls into the box. One of the calmer U.S. players on the ball.

Graham Zusi – RM: 5.5
Active, if unremarkable night for Zusi. Was good in tracking back on defense, but wasn’t particularly dangerous pushing forward.

Clint Dempsey – F: 6
He scored on a PK and assisted on the first goal to bump up his grade on an otherwise quiet night for Deuce.

Jozy Altidore – F: 5

Had a few good looks, but failed to capitalize on a prime opportunity right before Belgium took the early lead. He needs to put opportunities like those away. He was otherwise a non-factor.

Substitutions:

Brad Guzan – GK: 5
Could have done a little better on Belgium’s third goal, but was otherwise hung out to dry on all three second half goals.

Eddie Johnson – F: 6

Injected a ton of energy into the attack in the second half, made a nice run or two and sent in a few dangerous crosses for the U.S.

Terrence Boyd – F: 4
Boyd has to keep possession or clear that ball that led to Belgium’s 3rd goal. In the offensive zone he showed promise in his runs.

Brad Evans – RM: 5
Nearly put in goal number 3 for the U.S., otherwise didn’t do much.

Matt Besler – CB: 5
Solid, short cameo for the Sporting KC man.

Stuart Holden – CM: 7
Looked tentative in his first cap since 2010, but the high score is just for battling back and making another appearance for the National team.