U.S. Player Ratings: Bradley and Johnson team up for golazo

By Mike Woitalla

Coming off a 2-0 win on Tuesday over Azerbaijan the USA downed a much livelier Turkey, 2-1, on Sunday in Harrison, N.J. Right back Fabian Johnson scored a superb goal, set up by Michael Bradley, while left back Timmy Chandler delivered the low cross that Hakan Kadir Balta whiffed on to allow a Clint Dempsey tap-in.

5 Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), 99/0.
Easily handled the three shots that came to right to him. Made way for backup Guzan at halftime.

7 Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER), 21/1.
Solid defensively and scored a golazo after flying into the penalty area on a one-two with Michael Bradley.

5 Matt Besler (Sporting KC), 16/0.
Played solidly in the central defensive against a Turkish team that, unlike Azerbaijan on Tuesday, launched waves of attacks.

6 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), 26/1.
Started the day with a foolish foul, but headed clear several threatening Turkish crosses. Blocked a goal with his hand that gave Turkey 90th-minute PK and but somehow escaped ejection.

5 Timmy Chandler (Nuremberg/GER), 12/0.
Broke up a Turkish breakaway in the 32nd minute, delivered the low cross that created Clint Dempsey’s goal. Faded in final minutes and beaten on play that led to Turkey’s PK goal.

4 Graham Zusi (Sporting KC), 22/3.
Most disappointing of the projected World Cup starters. Only highlight was his cross-field pass to Julian Green.

5 Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/TUR), 41/2.
Extinguished a fourth-minute Turkish attack and swept adequately in front of backline. Got away with plowing down Caner Erkin in penalty area in 22nd minute. Blocked two shots late in first half.

7 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 85/12.
The USA’s midfield engine superbly set up Johnson’s goal with a chip into the penalty area.

4 Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), 16/0.
Got away with fouling Osman Tarik Camdal in penalty area in the 31st minute and with a handball to keep the ball in play in the second half. Did not deliver the service from the wing as he’s expected to, but had a touch in the sequence on the USA’s first goal.

6 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) 104/37.
Made a highlight reel spin move on Hakan Kadir Balta in the first half. Misplayed some balls but pounced on Balta’s miscue to score what turned out to be the gamewinner in the second half.

6 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG), 69/21.
Had a goal called back for a push and/or handball so remains scoreless for club and country since December. But his toiling up front kept Turks on their heels and Altidore helped set up the first goal when he won a clearance and drew a trio of Turks to the corner before passing to Davis.

6 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG) 25/0
Tested more than Howard was in first half, saving a close-range blast to the near-post and a long-distance attempt with an impressive dive. Had no chance on PK.

5 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 36/1.
Handled the defensive midfield role competently after replacing Jones at halftime.

6 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 4/0
Was beaten upon coming on at halftime by Ahmet Ilhan Ozek but settled down and broke up many Turkish attacks.

3 Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER) 2/0.
Had a scoring chance right after arriving in the 64th minute but took a poor first touch and went down with a defender's hand on his shoulder. Never found his rhythm. Managed to win a corner kick but then took it badly.

5 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders), 4/0.
Shook off nerves after kicking out of bounds with first touch and battled hard against Olcan Adin on wing.

4 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR), 19/3.
Failed to follow-up on Tuesday’s goalscoring performance with anything notable during 21 minutes on the field.

(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

25 comments about "U.S. Player Ratings: Bradley and Johnson team up for golazo".
  1. Mark Hardt, June 1, 2014 at 6:09 p.m.

    Why does Altidore get a six? Digging hard and throwing people around is not the measure of a striker. He needs to score goals and he is not. Bench him in favor of Johannssen.

  2. cisco martinez, June 1, 2014 at 6:37 p.m.

    Altidore gets a 6 because he can hold the ball, bring in the attack, and create space for Bradley and Dempsey. He is better than you think that why he plays in the EPL.

  3. Allan Lindh, June 1, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.

    You mean that's why he plays occasionally in the EPL. Bet you a nickle he's gone by next fall.

  4. Charles Stamos, June 1, 2014 at 7:09 p.m.

    What a freaking disaster at left back! Could Chandler have had a worse game? Not marking, out of position, give-away passes, allowing the breakaway leading to the PK, OW! Up top, Altidore is not finishing. He also needs to not be so obvious with his fouls. Get someone else in there, Dempsey makes one slick move the whole game, but he can't trap the ball, his lackadasical play gives the defense time to defend, he can't hardly pass to anyone, he will only provide a good pass to himself. His goal was a gift. At midfield, Bradley is the captain, he's fantastic going forward and wonderful taking a pass under pressure and making the correct move to get out of the defensive half; a marvelous assist and a nice finsih by FJohnson. JJones was a good pairing with Bradley. Zusi and Davis get mixed reviews as they show signs of creative play and defense, but lack the consistency that is needed in midfield. Very poor marking in the first 15 by our backline, are they in a zone? Are they afraid to get close to an attacker before the ball is served. Very fortunate there were not any Turkish attackers who could score. The 2nd half defense was much better, except of course for TChandler. By the way, his cross was muffed by Turkey, virtually leading to an own goal. Howard and Guzan played very well. Green Beckermann and Brooks did well as subs, Yedlin and Dik not so good. Not a bad effort, but get a left back!

  5. Joe Rector, June 1, 2014 at 8:31 p.m.

    Couldn't agree more Charles with your Chandler comments. 90% of Turkey's attack came through him or guys covering for him.

  6. j bapper, June 1, 2014 at 8:47 p.m.

    How is this guy Chandler playing in Germany? He was horrible again. Also, If Julian Green plays at all in Brazil, we are in big trouble.

  7. Gus Keri, June 1, 2014 at 8:58 p.m.

    By the way, guys, these players are a tiny little bit ahead of Donovan. I am sorry. I couldn't resist.

  8. David Mont, June 1, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.

    Chandler a 5? He was horrible all game! And it's quite possible that Green may grow up to be a decent soccer player, but is there one soccer reason as to why he is on the team now??

  9. Joe Linzner, June 1, 2014 at 9:31 p.m.

    are you people watching the same game?

  10. James Hardern, June 1, 2014 at 9:44 p.m.

    Ayup, Chandler's rating is much too high. I think he was at a 3 level for the game; 6 for offensive contribution and a big fat 0 on defense. Don't look now, but we've got some serious concern at LB... again.

  11. Charles Stamos, June 1, 2014 at 9:56 p.m.

    Joe - Actually, No. I watched the game on Univision as the ESPN version usually has some inane commentary. Later,I will go back and watch it again on ESPN. Maybe Chandler has a better performance in English. So, what's your opinion on the game/players?

  12. Thomas Brannan, June 1, 2014 at 10:41 p.m.

    Altidore a 5 rating. ????? It's to the point I like reading the comments more than the columns.

  13. Thomas Brannan, June 1, 2014 at 10:45 p.m.

    I ran through this real quick. Altidore actually got a 6, didn't he. Well, that makes the column even more laughable. Only two other players get a higher rating.

  14. Thomas Brannan, June 2, 2014 at 2:59 a.m.

    Where Turkey gets the PK. Chandler actually ran away from the Turk before he shot and hit the USA arm for a PK. He actually left him less than 2 yards away from the USA GK. That is why he even got the shot off that hit the arm. It looked like American Youth Soccer. I believe Lalas said Green looked like a child when he got in. He did, more youth soccer. The greater question is why does JK go to Germany for players. That is a theme for a Two Part Column.

  15. Mark Hardt, June 2, 2014 at 7:02 a.m.

    Commentators continue to defend Altidore and praise his little things. But he is a feature striker. He is not getting paid for setting picks. Everone also makes it sound like we have no choice that you must have a big strong guy in this offense playing striker. But that is just theory. Plenty of undersized players excel in sport. For example Tim Duncan is an undersized center playing in the NBA finals. You don't really know what will happen. put Johannssen in there against Nigeria and see what happens. Also I think Altidore will be loaned to the 2nd division or a small country first division like Holland or Belgium.

  16. Mark Hardt, June 2, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.

    JK does not trust the MLS so he will take any live body from the Bundesliga over an MLS player. When peoples backs are to the wall they go with what they knew when they grew up. That is why people surround themselves with people from their hood. LEbron does it. He knows and loves the Bundesliga so in the face of so much uncertainty he goes with the familiar. Green was a dirty backroom deal. The only way he could pull Green away from Germany is to promise him Brazil. This cut out Donovan, Goodson and others. Unprofessional and dishonerable.

  17. Richard Weishaupt, June 2, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.

    Look at all those 4's for outside midfielders. I guess Landon would have gotten a 2 or 3 since they are all ahead of him.

  18. David Mont, June 2, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.

    This is funny: " Chandler...delivered the low cross that created Clint Dempsey’s goal". Chandler was wide open and delivered a very poor cross that should've been easily cleared. But the Turkish defender makes a complete hash of it leading to the Dempsey goal, and Chandler is apparently given a decent game rating because of a lousy cross.

  19. Walt Pericciuoli, June 2, 2014 at 11:04 a.m.

    Jozy a 6? Dempsey a 6? This is the last time I get sucked into to reading this player rating column.It is a joke and has absolutely no relevance to actual player performance or effectiveness.

  20. Barry Thomas, June 2, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

    I'm surprised to find myself apparently as Dempsey's only critic today. Yes he had an early turn that was very clever, flashy, and produced nothing. And he did get the game winner, but certainly didn't have to work for it. He repeatedly declined to press Turkey's defense when they came into possession, and couldn't put a shot on frame all afternoon. Why is he captain instead of Bradley?

  21. Greg Morris, June 2, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

    Much too high for Chandler. Those giveaways late in the game were horrendous. I am not a Jozy fan but that was his best game in a long time. He simply must play with that energy and aggressiveness. Contrast it with Dempsey. Who on here would not be destroying Jozy for a performance like that? Deserves credit for being in the right spot on the goal - of course people would say it was just a poachers goal if it had been Wondo. Other than that, his lack of effort and energy was a disaster. His refusal to move even a step on passes led to several counters, he did not do his part to press up top when the ball was lost and he did not make himself available for passes from the defense or midfield.

  22. Lewie Stevens, June 2, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.

    I sometimes get the feeling from both Bradley and Dempsey that their non-chalance is somehow a sign of their excellence and that contributes to their sloppiness. Dempsey needs to be more active in creating opportunities and maybe doing the things that the commentators praise Altidore for. At times Bradley really brings the energy and it is a difference maker. It would be awesome to see Dempsey do likewise.

  23. Daniel Clifton, June 2, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.

    I was amazed to watch Chandler actually back off the guy who stole the ball from him and then went right to goal. The only thing between the Turkish guy and the goal was Brad Guzan and Chandler dropped off the guy. He should have been all over him pressuring the ball. Green making this team is just baffling unless you accept that Klinsmann made a deal with him.

  24. Charles Stamos, June 2, 2014 at 8:42 p.m.

    Daniel - Had TChandler done the aggressive play attempting to tackle him from behind outside the PA; he likely would have saved a goal, been red carded and missed the next sendoff game. Don't know how that would play out with JK or the extra time with the USA a man down, but we do know what the result was with him backing off!

  25. Philippe Fontanelli, June 2, 2014 at 9:28 p.m.

    This was a subpar and anemic performance inspite of the win over Turkey. Portugal, Germany and Ghana in that order will destro the USMNT. We will not only not win a game we will not even draw one. It will be embarassing. I have and always had great respect for Klinsman as a player but as a coach forget about he is too egotistical and too nationalistic for Germany. Completely discards the Latin players in the favor of the German nationalists.

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