BY PATRICK MacDONALD
If their was anything to take away from the match vs. Scotland, it’s that the United States should have built some confidence.
For some lengthy stretches including the opening 17 minutes, they did just that. Then their confidence eroded and they played with the same skittishness that U.S. fans have long been accustomed to seeing. Sure, Brazil played a keeper in Rafael who practically stood on his head, but 4-1 is still 4-1.
So how did the players do? Let’s find out:
Tim Howard GK – 4
Had a stellar save or two. However, though he was left hung out to dry, 4 goals is still four goals.
Steve Cherundolo RB – 3
A bad night for the veteran. Looked ok at times going forward, but was victimized on the right.
Oguchi Onyewu CB – 2
Was sloppy, slow, not physical, out of sync with his right side partner Cherundolo. It’s a wonder Clarence Goodson didn’t make an appearance in this match. A chance for redemption went off the crossbar. It might be time to finally move on from Gooch.
Carlos Bocanegra CB – 4
A weak night for the captain. Caused his fair share of nerve-wracking moments along the backline. He also should have buried that header off a perfect service by Donovan.
Fabian Johnson LB – 6
So-so night defending, but he remained very dangerous offensively and sent a nice ball in that Gomez buried.
Michael Bradley CM – 7
Looked the calmest on the ball, did a solid job clearing out of the back. However, it was a bit of a head scratcher that he was moved back and Edu closer to the top after Saturday
Jermaine Jones CM – 4
Jones’ matches are like the Star Trek movies. Every other one sucks. Was a little more lively in the second half.
Maurice Edu CM – 4
Started the sequence that led to the U.S.’s only goal…and that’s it.
Landon Donovan RW – 5
What a difference three days makes. Awful in the first half, a little better in the second, but not enough.
Jose Torres LW – 3
After seeing the internet disagree with my assessment on Torres’ Saturday performance I made sure to watch him closely. I saw even less.
Herculez Gomez F – 6.5
Great header home and nearly had a second in the second half. When his team got timid, he remained aggressive.
Clint Dempsey F – 5
Nearly got on the end of Gomez’s blocked header, but otherwise was a sub that was too little too late. Probably should have come on at half.
Michael Parkhurst RB – 5
Didn’t have much affect on the game after being subbed in.
Terrence Boyd F – 4
Has to put away the rebound of Gomez’s shot.
Kyle Beckerman CM -INC
Too short an appearance.
Edgar Castillo LB -INC
Too short an appearance.