Player Ratings: USA 2-1 Ecuador

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by PATRICK MacDONALD

No Jones. No Bedoya. No Wood. That is the prospect the U.S. Men’s National Team faces in the semifinal when they face the winner of Argentina vs. Venezuela.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. After all, tonight the U.S. won a hard fought match against Ecuador that featured the scrappy-best that U.S. fans know and love. Some questionable refereeing kept this from being a total party with Jermaine Jones being sent off with a straight red. However, despite the U.S. success, it is hard to look ahead with optimistic eyes — especially with the amount of players they will lose in the semifinals.

Here are the player ratings:

Guzan – GK: 6.5
Not tested all that much, but came up well on the moments he needed to.

Fabian Jonnson – RB: 7
Was asked to man a position he does not play for in either club or country and held down his side mighty fine. Came up with a late game saving tackle, here and there.

Geoff Cameron – CB: 6.5
A few nervy moments, but for the most part was fine.

John Brooks – CB: 7
Came up big again on most occasions, also had a few nail biters.

Matt Besler – LB: 6
Emergency duty with Yedlin out and performed fine holding down the fort on the back line.

Michael Bradley – CDM: 6.5
An errant pass here and there, but otherwise buckled down and made some key defensive stops, especially late.

Gyassi Zardes – RM: 7
Aside from one errant pass, Zardes had a match that, if he repeats, will silence most critics (yes, including this one). Right place, right time on his goal.

Jermaine Jones – CM: 5.5
A typically busy Jermaine Jones type of match. He had a beautiful assist on Dempsey’s opener. His red was very questionable, but nevertheless hurts his rating.

Alejandro Bedoya – LM: 4.5
Not much to show for in this match. Botched a gimme goal. Earning a yellow, missing the next match really hurts an already short handed U.S.

Bobby Wood – F: 5
Good possession leading up to the first goal, fine hold up play throughout. However that yellow knocking him out of the next match is yet another hardship cast upon his teammates.

Clint Dempsey – F: 8 EoS MotM
Dempsey was all over the place in this one. Opened up the scoring plus got the assist on Zardes’ goal. As long as Deuce goes, the U.S. goes.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Kyle Beckerman – CDM: 6

Did the yeoman’s work to help close out the win.

Graham Zusi – LM: 6
See Kyle Beckerman.

Steve Birnbaum – CB: NA
Nothing more than a time wasting sub.