Player Ratings: USMNT 2-1 Ghana

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By PATRICK MacDONALD
Staff Writer

Let’s be clear; if the U.S. plays like they did against Ghana against the likes of Germany, and even today’s abysmal Portuguese side, they will not advance out of the Group of Death.

That being said, as ugly as it was, the U.S. was amazingly resilient, securing a vital three points while exorcising the demons of the previous two World Cups.

With 6 days to bask in the victory, let’s take a look at how each player performed:

Tim Howard – GK: 7
Wasn’t challenged too often but when he was needed, he gobbled up everything that came his way, keeping the U.S. in the match. Also played a key organizational role in keeping his inexperienced centerbacks in order. Was hung out to dry by Johnson on the goal.

Fabian Johnson – LB: 4
Had a few nice forays forward, especially late, but he needed to stick on his man better on the goal.

Geoff Cameron – CB: 6
Overall solid match as he cleaned up what came in his zone. Passing out of the back was off — as it was for the entire defense.

Matt Besler – CB: 6
Had a solid 45 minutes keeping Ghana off the board before being subbed off due to injury.

DaMarcus Beasley – LB: 3
Was abused all night on the left side and was very lucky to not have given up a goal. Ghana went at him early and often.

Kyle Beckerman – CDM: 6
Stayed put in front of the defense and did what he was tasked to do. A familiar knock on the guy, being too slow, reared its head for a few moments in an otherwise solid outing.

Jermaine Jones – LM: 8
Possibly the best player on the pitch for the U.S.. Was defensively sound destroying plays whenever he had the chance. He was also one of the best passers on a night where passing was abysmal.

Alejandro Bedoya – RM: 5
Nothing terrible, nothing special. His corner kicks left much to be desired. Injured or not, Zusi may be the better option against Portugal.

Michael Bradley – CAM: 4
Just an off night for the midfielder. He’s certainly not being helped by Klinsmann playing him out of position, but even then, he’s capable of passing better than he did against Ghana.

Clint Dempsey – F: 6.5
Got the the U.S. the lead early but didn’t do a whole lot after. Displayed admirable toughness in the face of a very physical Ghana D.

Jozy Altidore – F: 5
Looked poised to have a decent game before straining his hamstring. A real shame that he went down. His hold up play was sorely missed after he left the game.

Substitutions:

Aron Jóhannsson РF: 4
His hold up play left a lot to be desired and couldn’t find opportunities to get any chances on frame. That just isn’t his game.

John Brooks – CB: 7 (EOS MotM)
Was shaky early but settled down to have a nice defensive match. And of course, great job getting a head on the game winner, which certainly appeared to mean a whole hell of a lot to him.

Graham Zusi – RM: 7
Great service on the corner kick that led to the goal. Possession also improved as he was inserted to the game.

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