[USA-BRAZIL REPORT CARD] A five-game U.S.win streak ended with a 4-1 loss to Brazil, though a late U.S. flurry probably deserved the reward of a second goal.
Several players nevertheless came up with solid performances.
RATING PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Tim Howard (Everton/ENG) 75/0.
Batted down a long-range shot that was hit right at him and covered it on the bounce. Really couldn’t do anything to stop any of the four goals other than perhaps challenge for corner kick that produced number two.
4 Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96/GER) 81/2.
Burned a few times by Neymar and Co., and was utterly marooned on give-and-go that set up third Brazilian goal. Offered a few good balls going forward and got into a couple of barking matches with opponents.
3 Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon/POR) 64/6.
Struggled through a very rough first half, losing the mark on a corner kick during Brazil’s second goal after being whistled for handling when a shot hit his arm. Banged a header off the crossbar during a late U.S. flurry, then moved too slowly on an offside trap as Brazil scored its fourth.
4 Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers/SCO) 103/12.
Atrocious giveaway in first half put his team in trouble on counterattack that led to first goal. Too often he and Onyewu weren’t in sync, though the caliber of opposition has to be considered. Couldn’t orchestrate the pressing and marking to defuse Brazil’s attacking forays.
7 Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER) 5/0.
Great run and ball from the byline set up Herculez Gomez’s point-blank goal, also shimmied free in the second half to loft a ball Gomez nearly knocked down for Clint Dempsey to score. He may be new to the left-back position for both club and country but he looks the part.
5 Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) 140/49.
Good touches for the most part and hit a few very dangerous set plays that nearly produced goals. Lost a few one-v-one duels early and didn’t get his aggressive mojo back until the second half. Moved higher upfield to play as a de facto second forward prior to Terence Boyd’s entry. Clever chip set up excellent chance for Gomez.
4 Jermaine Jones (Schalke/GER) 18/2.
Rugged and aggressive as usual, did a fair job of disrupting Brazil’s midfield play but wasn't much of a factor offensively. Took a caution five minutes after Brazil’s third goal and departed in the 71st minute when the U.S. brought on a second forward.
4 Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers/SCO) 34/1.
Very unsure of whether to step or drop when playing the higher point of a three-man midfield but also needed a bit more help by teammates showing for the ball. A step late reacting on several Brazilian passing sequences.
6 Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona/ITA) 66/10.
Amazing, well-timed through ball that split two opponents in lead-up to U.S. goal typified his attacking contributions, and he also nailed a header from a corner kick that forced a good save. Diagonal balls to the flanks produced crossing opportunities.
4 Jose Torres (Pachuca/MEX) 16/0.
Early caution may have taken away some of his confidence. He seemed unsure on both sides of the ball but some of that may have been a result of the early 2-0 deficit that injected an element of urgency in his play.
7 Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna/MEX) 10/3.
Crashed into the goalmouth to score a header not as simple as it seemed due to a deflection that caused a last-second change in the ball’s flight. He knocked it in via the forehead, no problem. Worked the lone-forward spaces hard and often, and if not for a poor chest trap on a great chip from Clint Dempsey might have found a better shooting angle to score a second goal.
6 Clint Dempsey (Fulham/ENG) 83/26.
Set up several opportunities with through balls and chips, nearly scored but couldn’t get to Gomez header before it was cleared.
4 Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland/DEN) 12/0.
Scorched by Neymar a few minutes after replacing Cherundolo, got into the flow in the final minutes.
5 Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund II/GER) 3/0.
Extremely unlucky not to score with follow-up effort that forced remarkable block save by keeper.
NR Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 20/1.
Shored up central midfield for the final 10 minutes and got forward to apply some attacking pressure.
NR Edgar Castillo (Tijuana/MEX) 5/0.
Replaced Johnson for the final 10 minutes.