[JAMAICA-USA REPORT CARD] How much the USA depends on Michael Bradley was evident by its inability to take control of its World Cup 2014 qualifier against Jamaica without him in midfield. Poor play by the three starters playing in his role doomed the USA in its 2-1 loss. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy grades the U.S. players ...
5 Tim Howard (Everton) 80/0
Beaten twice on free kicks, the first a low drive by Rodolph Austin that deflected off Beckerman and wrong-footed him and the second on a golazo from Luke Shelton. Was lucky not to be seriously hurt when he raced out the area and tangled with Shelton minutes before the go-ahead goal.
5 Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland/DEN) 14/0
Not as enterprising as Steve Cherundolo, whom he replaced in the starting lineup, but steady nonetheless.
5 Clarence Goodson (Brondby/DEN) 32/3
Started in place of longtime Carlos Bocanegra and had the job of bringing the ball out of the back but never looked entirely comfortable.
5 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG) 7/0
In first start in a World Cup qualifier had a decent game. Made one great play to poke the ball away with Ryan Johnson lurking behind him.
4 Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER)
The USA needed another attacking element but didn't get it from Johnson who has been so effective coming out of the back other times this year. Lacked of possession in midfield didn't help.
4 Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04/GER) 8/0
Played with his usual abandon, got cautioned and looked to be on the verge of blowing his top about the 80-minute mark. Injured himself on awkward challenge and was off the field on the restart that resulted in Rodolph Austin earning the free kick that Luton Shelton converted for the winning goal.
3 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 23/1
Fouled Austin on play that led to free kick that deflected off his ankle for the first Jamaica. Couldn't keep up in midfield and was subbed out after only 57 minutes.
4 Maurice Edu (Stoke City/ENG) 39/1
Through ball sprung Gomez in the early seconds on play that Dempsey finished off for U.S. goal. But reckless challenge resulted in foul that led to free kick Shelton put away.
5 Clint Dempsey (Tottenham/ENG) 88/28
Give him credit: worked hard and played the entire 90 minutes despite his three-month layoff while his transfer from Fulham was negotiated. Goal after 38 seconds was the fastest ever by an American in World Cup qualifying.
4 Jozy Altidore (AZ/NED) 50/13
Hardly saw the ball during his 70 minutes on the field. Like Johnson, suffered because of the midfield's inability to maintain possession.
5 Herculez Gomez (Santos/MEX) 15/4
Great work earned first goal. Beat Adrian Mariappa in the goal area and had first shot with right foot deflected back to him by keeper Dwayne Miller. Then put second shot with left foot on target but it was blocked by Nyron Nosworthy.
4 Danny Williams (Hoffenheim/GER) 7/0
Provided more physical presence than Beckerman did after coming on.
4 Brek Shea (FC Dallas) 14/0
Brought some energy and provided a few bursts down left wing but could not sustain effort.
3 Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/AUT) 6/0
Not a factor, like and for the same reasons as Altidore, the player he replaced.
(1-low; 5=average; 10=high.)