Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Michael Bradley heads strong class
by Ridge Mahoney, February 12th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ


[USA-MEXICO REPORT CARD] Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney grades the U.S. players and comments on their performance in Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Mexico ...

USA-MEXICO (2-0)
U.S. PLAYER RATINGS
GRADE PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
Starters

7 Tim Howard (Everton/ENG) 36/0
Two safe, confident saves in the first half highlighted a typically solid game.
6 Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew) 82/6
Ran relentlessly but not foolishly, won corners with deep runs and recovered loose balls through sheer desire.
7 Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege/BEL) 39/5
Powerful in the air, as usual, tackled cleanly and reacted quickly to win balls or trap opponents, hacked away a goalbound shot.
6 Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes/FRA) 63/10
Early flub could have been costly, but he recovered quickly with strong play and a nice ball out of the back on the second goal.
5 Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock/GER) 22/0
A bit shaky while pushed forward; few miscues while defending and handling a major test rather well.
6 Clint Dempsey (Fulham/ENG)46/13
Not so dangerous on the ball, but worked smartly and hit a good shot on frame that was saved.
6 Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA) 14/3
Lack of necessary guile at the edge of the opponent's box didn't cloud a solid two-way array of positioning, timing and tackling.
8 Michael Bradley 26/5 (Borussia M'gladbach/GER)
Well-taken goals were highlights of a masterful game sprinkled with clever touches and first-time balls to maintain possession and connect teammates.
7 DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers/SCO) 82/17
Hit a great cross and precise corner kick to create a pair of excellent chances; also pressured opponents and slid inside intelligently; nearly ran onto a great Bradley through ball.
7 Landon Donovan (Bayern Munich/GER) 106/37
Shackled on the dribble by gang-tackling, yet still conjured up three clear chances with his head and feet.
6 Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo) 35/10
Ruggedly held his ground and kept his head under duress; occasionally drifted out wide to good effect.
Substitutes
6 Jozy Altidore (Xerez/SPAIN) 7/2
Set up second goal with turn and dribble just before getting nailed.
NR Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo) 18/1
Two giveaways weren't punished.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying    
"Everyone wants to get through the first round: That's our goal. Jurgen [Klinsmann] has said, 'Our ...
Scores PK, plows down coach, red-carded    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] In Scotland, Hearts captain Jamie Hamill converted a penalty kick against ...
Fox Sports named AYSO premier sponsor    
[SOCCER BUSINESS] The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) has concluded a wide-ranging partnership with Fox Sports, ...
U.S. U-20s fall to River Plate in Super Group final    
[DALLAS CUP] The U.S. under-20 national team dropped a 2-0 decision to River Plate in the ...
Noyola and Souza team up for first Dash victory    
[NWSL: Week 2] The expansion Houston Dash got two goals from Teresa Noyola to rally for ...
Will Johnson: Timbers must face the reality    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Portland Timbers remain winless in seven games after another loss to old nemesis ...
Los Dos move into top spot    
[USL PRO: Week 5] LA Galaxy II got goals from Galaxy loan players Charlie Rugg and ...
Boyd scores twice, Bedoya adds goal in big Nantes win    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Terrence Boyd scored two goals -- his first goals in seven weeks -- as ...
Girls soccer handle takes on life of its own    
[SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH] SoccerGirlProblems (@SoccerGrlProbs) launched in 2011 to tweet humorously about the soccer problems of ...
De Grandpre returns to Red Bulls    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Marc de Grandpre is back with the New York Red Bulls, having been hired ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives