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USA-Czech Republic Player Ratings

By Mike Woitalla
(@MikeWoitalla)

Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's experimental squad -- he fielded only two 2014 World Cup regulars (Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya) -- came out of Prague with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

The Czechs were preparing for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, which gets underway next Tuesday against the Netherlands.

The USA tested its youngsters. John Brooks (21) went the full 90 in central defense, 19-year-old Julian Green got his first U.S. start and went the distance, as did 21-year-old debutant Joe Gyau. Also making U.S. debuts were 18-year-old Emerson Hyndman and 23-year-old Greg Garza.

Mix Diskerud, 23, a World Cup squad member who didn’t see time in Brazil, ran the midfield with Bedoya and the two combined for the gamewinner.

Starters:
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG) 26/0.
Not tested. Vaclav Pilar’s long-range shot came right to him.

6 Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER), 27/1.
Right back won his battles with Ladislav Krejci and surged forward to support Gyau.

6 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 6/1.
Made a goal-saving sliding clearance in first half.

5 Michael Orozco (Puebla/MEX) 12/3.
With Brooks kept Czechs from coming through the middle.

5 Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER) 14/0
Left back had few problems keeping the Czechs at bay and moved up to combine with Green.

6 Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II/GER) 1/0.
Most active player in first half. Confident on ball, raced down right flank, but crossing was subpar. Czechs resorted to fouls to stop him in the second half.

6 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR) 21/3.
Set up the 1-0 when he pounced on Vladimir Darida’s poor first touch and took shot that keeper Petr Cech parried to Bedoya. Toiled in defensive midfield.

7 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), 33/2.
Firmly stroked home the rebound of Diskerud’s shot. Was the main link between backline and attack. Closest to what could be called a U.S. playmaker.

4 Joe Corona (Tijuana/MEX) 12/2.
Suffered through some bad touches in the first half but looked sharper in the second half before being subbed in 63rd minute.

5 Julian Green (Hamburg/GER), 4/1.
Making his first start and playing his first full game for USA, the 19-year-old had some promising touches, kept Czech midfielders on defensive, but his long shots posed no threat.

4 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG) 72/23
The veteran striker caused no problems for Czech defense.

Substitutes:
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
7 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 14/0
Second-half keeper’s foot save on close-range Krejci shot in 60th minute was first of four key stops, which included clipping the ball away from Daniel Pudil on a breakaway.

5 Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers/ENG) 7/0
Relieved Orozco in central defense at halftime.

3 Brek Shea (Stoke City/ENG) 27/2
Squandered three counterattacks by coughing up the ball.

5 Greg Garza (Tijuana/MEX) 1/0
Came in at left back for final 27 minutes.

5 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG) 1/0
Hit some crisp passes and sprinted back to recover ball after his one misplay during 21-minute performance.

4 Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt/GER) 2/0
Capped 27 minutes with ugly yellow-card foul.

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

14 comments about "USA-Czech Republic Player Ratings".
  1. Kent James, September 3, 2014 at 6:08 p.m.

    I was only able to see the first hour, but this young, inexperienced squad certainly outplayed the Czechs during that time. A lot of good ball movement, quick, skillful touches, and not leaving any gaps in defense. Gyau, Diskerud, Johnson and Chandler seemed to stand out during that time, and nobody looked like a weak link. I can't tell if we played that well or the Czech's played poorly, but I would have expected that the Czechs, in preparation for their Euro qualifying and playing at home, would have put us under a lot of pressure, and they didn't (unless it was all in the last hour).

  2. Chris Connelly, September 3, 2014 at 6:10 p.m.

    Felt that Altidore deserved a little higher ... silly turnovers behind him squandered chances after some decent hold-up work. At this point have to imagine the only opinion Shea can change is Klinsmans, as he continues to show nothing to deserve the repeated chances he gets. Morales looks to need a lot more maturity, and Rimando continues to amaze me.

  3. Miguel Dedo, September 3, 2014 at 6:55 p.m.

    Lady Luck (or very poor Czech finishing over the last 30 minutes) also gets a 7.
    Green and Altidore were disappointments, Morales's play looked to be a couple of grades below his ego.

  4. Santiago 1314, September 3, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

    OMGyau…Houston!!! We have a Triple Threat…\\... Green**Altidore**Gyau…-- …Dempsey**Bradley**Jones…--…//…Johnson**Cameron**Brooks**Yedlin…//** GK**WHO Cares…They All ROCK!!!! I liked to hear that JK agrees with ME… we Could have//SHOULD HAVE, at Least, gone to the Semi-Finals in Brazil*** RE-POST,,,commented on: July 7, 2014 at 12:32 a.m…”” The "IFs" DO matter, "IF" you are Spending MILLIONS of Dollars on Games and Training Camps and paying a Coach MILLIONS of Dollars, and he Drops People off the Team because of "Control" Issues (Boyd, Donovan, E. Johnson)...Then we get Wondo, instead of Eddie or Landon sitting on the 6, for an easy Tap-In...Wondo is the Epitome of "The Peter Principle"(He rose to the Level of his Incompetency ) Not really his Fault, why do you think he was so easily Traded by Dynamo, We saw him miss those chances, Year, After Year, AFTER YEAR!!!...TICOS did do Better than USA, Never said they didn't... Shows what a Coach, who takes His Inferior Talent, and BELIEVES THAT HE CAN WIN, Can instill In His Players... With the Poor Quality(Mundane, Average ability )of players in this World Cup, Even Costa Rica, could have Won It.. What "IF"JK had not taken the "Spunk" out of Dempsey, by Isolating him to the Lone Ranger Forward, (Something Dempsey is not suited to; Physically or Psychologically)...JK F@cked up Dempsey's Mindset and He went "Houdini " as you so aptly Described it... But again, those of us who have watched Clint, since he was 12, could have told you how to Shut Him Down...Don't let him see the ball, and he will Pout and Shut Down, and Become Disinterested... Shame, that it was our Own MILLION dollar Coach that did it to him... Waste of a Truly Gifted Talent.. All because JK didn't bring a SUB for Jozy, Probably because he was afraid that Jozy(another Pouter) Would have had his "Feelings" Hurt... THE "IFs" Do Matter, "IF" you could have snuck in The Backdoor, and Won a World Cup, devoid of Quality... Costa Rica almost did it with a "HIGH SCHOOL" Offside Trap... But JK couldn't even anticipate that Lukaku was going to run over Besler...2 days before the game, I was posting,in here, that Brooks, should start over Besler... “”
    *** I am Just waiting for the Apology, from JK, for Leaving off Donovan and Boyd, Then I will Totally Forgive him…
    GOOD GAME U.S.A...WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN!!!!

  5. James Froehlich, September 3, 2014 at 11:28 p.m.

    Kent --- totally agree on the great passing and ball movement especially in the first half. Bedoya, Corona, and Diskerud worked especially well together. Would love to see them with Bradley or Jones as DM. Bedoya never seems to get any love! He spent the entire WC helping to make Beasley look good. In this game he was all over making great passes and cleaning up defensively but still no love!!!

  6. Kent James, September 4, 2014 at 12:05 a.m.

    James, you're right about Bedoya. I think the reason he gets little recognition is that he's VERY solid, but does nothing spectacular. He does continue to grow on me. I should have included him in the people I thought played well; he deserved the goal (and it was not as easy as it looked, since he had to avoid the sliding tackle that covered all but the space at the near post that he hit; Diskerud's good anticipation won the ball (and he did that a number of times), and Bedoya's work rate and solid finishing got the goal.

  7. Tim Gibson, September 4, 2014 at 8:15 a.m.

    Well Said James & Kent, Bedoya is rock solid everytime he steps on the field lately. I love this kid! He's fearless & plays bigger than his size. I am especially loving his defensive skills, but lately he's moving forward more as his confidence does as well. Gyau had a great game & I'm anxious to see him again to see if it's the real deal. Would like to see him & Jozy get something going. Speaking of Jozy, he doesn't get much love here, but I feel for the guy. It just seems like he is often caught down field with the ball all alone - surrounded by 3 D-men. This is another reason why I'd love to see Gyau & him hit it off. Both of these guys are so strong on the ball & draw several layers of coverage & it's exciting to see. But it's time to start paying dividends & hopefully Juergen can now find a way to take it to the bank. GO USA!

  8. Walt Pericciuoli, September 4, 2014 at 9:46 a.m.

    Encouraging outing. Nice to see the young players playing without fear. 1st half showed what they could do. 2nd half, too many subs for the team to absorb and play became disjointed, thankfully Rimando rose to the occasion and secured the win. Overall, I liked what I saw. Everyone except Shea and Altidore deserved 6 or better. They were my least favorite players on the night.They don't seem to fit with this group. Would love to see Johannsson in this mix.

  9. David Mont, September 4, 2014 at 10:01 a.m.

    What more did Rimando have to do to deserve more than 7?? 4 is a bit too harsh for Altidore. I thought he did reasonably well holding up and distributing the ball. And why Klinsmann keeps calling up Shea is beyond me. There is a reason why he can't even make the Stoke bench. He is just not a good player.

  10. Scott O'Connor, September 4, 2014 at 10:29 a.m.

    Agree with much that has already been said. I thought Fabian Johnson was very impressive. Perhaps the best player on the pitch for either team. Had the commentator talking about Barcelona's "interest" in him seeming pretty reasonable. Also Brooks was very comfortable and even pushed forward with the ball without compromising the defense. The game broke down when the Czech 6 subs were much stronger than our 6 subs, as one would expect from a European side with a deep bench and our side playing guys for the first time. The first half was indicative of our general quality and we made them look inept for most of the first half.

  11. Rick Estupinan, September 5, 2014 at 2:40 p.m.

    In response to Kent James,you are lucky did not have to suffer watching the second half.it was painful to watch the US just hanging there.The Checks were unlucky not to scored at least 3 or 4 times,and Rimando was a good reason they didn't.
    Altidore,US Captain ?,please,what a joke!
    this "tank",can not contribute in any way to any team,here in the States or in England.

  12. Rick Estupinan, September 5, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.

    A.Bedoya,M.Diskerud,N.Rimando,BEST PLAYERS FOR USA.
    Altidore,and J.Green,the worst!

  13. Santiago 1314, September 5, 2014 at 10:43 p.m.

    @Rick,,,CorrectaMundo...Except you forgot Gyau...Certainly the Revelation of the Game...Bedoya is a very Steady, nothing Spectacular...Good for him to get a Goal...

  14. Santiago 1314, September 6, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

    -0-.-0-.-0-. For Altidore(Team Captain)???...@Ginger Pointed this Out...@Ginger,,, I went back and Watched the Tape, Unfortunately, You are CORRECT!!!...Jozy did NOT put his Hand Over his Heart...UNACCEPTABLE for a USA Player, ESPECIALLY THE CAPTAIN, to do that...All the other Players did, (Yes, @BJ, Even those Pesky German and Mexican Players)...Maybe JOZY is incapable of Holding a Banner and a Piece of Paper AND having to Place the other Hand over his Heart...He sure Butchered, whatever he was supposed to be reading...If he does it again, I would Substitute him, ONE MINUTE INTO THE GAME, for TOTAL Emphasis...Having Represented this Country, All over this World,(in some very Dangerous Places).. I AM DISGUSTED...It was bad enough putting up with his Pouting and Laziness, But this is beyond the Pale...USSF Needs to leave him off for the next game...Don't leave it up to JK...You Listening SUNIL

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