[USA-SCOTLAND REPORT CARD]It's hard to remember two Americans having better games the same evening as Landon Donovanand Michael Bradley did in Saturday's 5-1 win over Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla. And Jermaine Jones was no slouch either. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy grades the U.S. players ...
RATING PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Tim Howard (Everton/ENG). 74/-
Could do nothing on the Scotland goal and otherwise had nothing to do.
6 Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/GER). 80/2
Started to move forward late in first half as the USA took over the game.
5 Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo). 4/0
Unlucky to have Kenny Miller's header deflect off his chest into the goal but should have never allowed the Scotsman to be so free.
6 Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers/SCO). 102/12
Got the job done without much trouble the few times the Scots penetrated into the U.S. third.
6 Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER). 4/0
Has only two starts at left back for the USA but you can pencil him in as the starter there for many years to come. Again showed tremendous pace getting forward.
6 Maurice Edu (Rangers/SCO). 33/1
Played in front of the backline and behind Jones and Bradley for much of the game. Had decent match on the ball but rarely pressured by Scots. Came back to take the ball away after being dispossessed late in first half
9 Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona/ITA). 65/10
Has now put together the best back-to-back games of his U.S. career. It was all the little things in the 1-0 win over Italy in February. Scotland game will be remembered for his spectacular half-volley but he also helped set up all three Donovan goals. His confidence on the ball has increased considerably since move to Chievo Verona.
8 Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/GER). 17/2
Might be a maniac on the field but can absolutely dominate weaker opponents like Scotland. Laid ball off to Donovan on first goal, put the ball on a plate for Bradley's goal, found Donovan in space for third U.S. goal and scored on a delicate header to make it 5-1.
9 Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy). 139/49
Was a little lucky to get rebound of his own shot to score first goal. Unlucky, though, not to have a fourth goal when he hit the post in the second half. Ball lofted in for Jones' goal was a gem.
7 Jose Torres (Pachuca/MEX). 15/0
Helped win possession on critical early goal when Scots tried to play ball out of the back. Unlucky when his quickly taken free kick hit the bar in the first half. Often tucked in from his position on left wing. Importance of his composure on the ball can't be underestimated. Best ball freed Donovan for shot off post.
5 Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund II/GER). 2/0
Justified start with his physical presence. Got off several attempts but failed to connect. Touch failed him while free late in first half.
6 Herculez Gomez (Santos/MEX). 9/2
Laid ball off for Bradley to spring Donovan on goal seconds after entering the game, then won ball for Donovan, whose cross found Jones for fifth goal.
5 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 19/1
Header started play that led to goal for Donovan's hat trick.
5 Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting/POR). 63/6
Half hour was a good exercise with four games to play over next two and a half weeks.
5 Joe Corona (Tijuana/MEX). 1/0
Didn't have much of an impact after coming on for Torres.
5 Brad Guzan (free agent). 20/-
Like Howard, had nothing to do in goal.
5 Edgar Castillo (Tijuana/MEX). 4/0
All the action had taken place by the time he came on for Johnson.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high.)