Player Ratings: USA 2-0 South Korea

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BY PATRICK MacDONALD
Staff Writer

All in all, the friendly played in Carson, California against South Korea’s B-team was meaningless. However, the U.S. looked better than it did against Canada in a similar match a year ago and that’s encouraging.

Players like Chris Wondolowski and Michael Parkhurst earned themselves second looks in future matches, while others like Brad Evans made the call for a change at right back even louder. Not a perfect performance, but solid from an offseason B-team.

It appears as if the players are buying into Klinsmann’s message across the board and that is the biggest positive that can be taken from this match.

(FULL MATCH RECAP HERE)

Onto the ratings:

Nick Rimando GK – 6
Solidified his role as the third keeper, gobbling up anything that came his way. Didn’t get much started in terms of possession though.

Brad Evans RB – 4
Had a truly illuminating match at right back in that no one should want to see this guy playing there at Brazil. Got turned around by South Korean B-players — what’s Ronaldo going to do to him? Offered little in the attack as well.

Omar Gonzalez CB – 6
Did what he needed to do, forming a nice partnership with Matt Besler. The match was devoid of the usual Omar Gonzalez gaffe.

Matt Besler CB – 6.5
When Brad Evans got beat bad, Besler was there to save the day. Fine day on the backline, passed nicely out of the back as well.

Michael Parkhurst LB – 6
Sometimes all you need at fullback is a steady defender and Parkhurst, playing out of position, was just that. He even had one or two decent moves into the attacking third.

Kyle Beckerman CM – 6
Played that cleanup role in front of the defense as well as he always does. Good passing and possession as well.

Mix Diskerud CM – 5
Had some decent possession, but never really put a mark on this match. At one point, poor touch cursed him as he tried to gather the ball mere feet from the goal with no Korean defenders interested in taking it from him.

Graham Zusi RM – 7
Very good match for Zusi. Had a hand in each goal for the U.S.. His cross hit Davis before Wondo knocked in the rebound and he got the assist on the second.

Landon Donovan CAM – 5.5
Not bad, not great. Looked a bit more active early than he did as the match went on.

Brad Davis LM – 5.5
Good job getting at the end of Graham Zusi’s cross leading to Wondo’s first goal. Didn’t offer much else for the rest of the match.

Chris Wondolowski F – 7 MotM
The guy certainly has a knack for getting in the right place at the right time. Heads up play putting away his first goal. And great job finding space to put away the second. Got a nice ovation for his efforts.

Substitutes:

Eddie Johnson F – 5
Didn’t do anything spectacular, nor did he hurt himself. Still the 3rd striker in the the U.S. depth chart.

Benny Feilhaber CM – 5.5
Was aggressive in getting his head or foot on the ball but didn’t do much once he got possession.

Clarence Goodson CB – 6
Still 1A at the centerback position, no big mistakes to cause him to not be on the World Cup roster.

DeAndre Yedlin RB – 5
A little erratic in his first national team cap, but calmed down the longer he was on the field.

Luis Gil CM – 5.5
Not too active but had some nice spots in possession and fought hard for the ball in one instance.

Eric Alexander RM – INC
Looked OK in his cameo.