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USA-Colombia Player Ratings

By Mike Woitalla
(@MikeWoitalla)

The USA's winless streak hit three games when it failed to hold a 1-0 lead, from Jozy Altidore's 9th minute penalty kick, and fell, 2-1, to Colombia in London on Friday.

Starters:
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG) 28/0.
Handled Colombia’s long-range efforts with ease. Blitzed on the first goal and not much he could do on second.

4 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders) 10/0
Finished a superb run down the right flank with a bad cross in the 40th minute. More active when he moved from right back to wide midfield in second half and sparked some fruitless counterattacks, but also coughed up the ball for a dangerous Colombian foray.

5 Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution) 48/3
His second game in central defense again a mixed bag. Hit some promising long passes out of the back. Broke up several Colombia attacks, but lucky not to be called for 45th-minute PK handball. Beaten by James on first goal, and, on an unlucky bounce, by Edwin Cardona, who chipped in the cross Teofilo Gutierrez headed home for the 2-1.

5 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 8/1.
Intercepted quite a few through balls but didn’t connect passes after he won them. On first goal was distracted by offside Teofilo Gutierrez, whom the ref judged not to be interfering with the play.

6 Greg Garza (Tijuana/MEX) 4/0
Did a decent job keeping the Colombians from succeeding down their right wing.

6 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA) 36/2.
Most active U.S. midfielder in first half but faded in second after sending a fine cross to Rubio Rubin in the 46th minute.

4 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 41/1
Part of a midfield that let Colombia run show in the center.

4 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR) 24/4.
Central midfielder took a poor shot in the 3rd minute and spent most the game chasing with no signs of playmaking.

3 Fabian Johnson (Borussia M’Gladbach/GER) 28/1
Ineffective in midfield in first half and as outside back in second half stopped marking Bacca on the 1-0, and let Gutierrez get away on second goal.

5 Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED) 1/0
U.S. penalty kick came on a handball after his battle with Pablo Armero. His diving header that went just wide was a rare second-half highlight for USA. Good debut for an 18-year-old.

6 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG) 75/25
Started strong, winning a corner and free kick before burying the penalty kick. Seen in second half mainly helping out in midfield.

Substitutes:
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Bobby Wood (1860 Munich/GER) 4/0
Forced a Camilo Vargas finger-tip save from narrow angle a minute after entering in 67th minute and had close-range shot saved by Vargas in 80th minute.

5 Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt/GER) 5/0
Replaced Bedoya with 23 minutes left and set up Wood’s 80th-minute chance.

nr Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) 4/0
In 12-minute appearance was key in the sequence on Wood’s chance, bringing the ball down field and delivering a nifty back-heel pass to Morales.

nr DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo) 121/10
Veteran played last 10 minutes at left back.

nr Julian Green (Hamburg SV/GER) 4/1
In four-minute appearance was outjumped by Gutierrez on gamewinner while covering for Johnson.

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

10 comments about "USA-Colombia Player Ratings ".
  1. cony konstin, November 14, 2014 at 7:47 p.m.

    Rubio Rubin you made WESTSIDE PROUD today. Keep it real and especially humble. There is a lot more to come besides your first CAP.

  2. Kent James, November 14, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.

    I thought Brad Guzan deserved a better rating (6); the first goal was 3 v 1 (with an offside player making it confusing to boot), and he made a few great saves. I thought he played well.

  3. Chris Sapien , November 14, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.

    Here's how the conversation between the Center and Assistant should of went: Center, "did you view the offside player as either interfering with play or interfering with the opponent? Assistant Ref. "yes". Center, "so did I", Wave off goal. Pretty easy. How you can judge a straight through ball nearly hitting an offside player directly centered in front of the goalkeeper as a second attacker comes from the side, as not interfering, I will never know.

  4. Lucinda Hampson, November 15, 2014 at 7:14 a.m.

    Nice to see US soccer covered so well. Thank you!

  5. Jon Steuernagle, November 15, 2014 at 10:08 a.m.

    @Chris - 100% agree that should have been an interference call and the goal waved off. On the downside, the entire defense just stopped moving thinking offside - play the whistle boys.

  6. Felipe Lobelo, November 15, 2014 at 10:38 a.m.

    @Chris - US soccer (players, fans, etc) will be better served by not coming up with silly excuses like blaming the ref or Klinsman's inexplicable "we are tired" excuse. I know what i'm saying as we Colombians used to always come up with excuses (and sometimes continue to do so - most recently blaming the ref for our 2-1 Defeat against Brazil in the WC) and that gets into the team's psyche and slows development. How often do you hear the Uruguayans or Argentinians or Germas coming up with excuses? They dont - ref wronged them? Move on...it happens...such as the blatant no-call on Jones's handball in the box or the foul on Armero who was undercut while in the air and led to handball and PK. Did Colombians kept playing until they got anothet chance? Yes they did....they dominated possession and created way more chances than the US and deservedly won the game.... If you are going to complain about ref's decisions try your best to point out errors on both sides...being a good supoorter includes a healthy dose of introspection on your own team's issues. Go USA!

  7. cisco martinez, November 15, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.

    USA looked outclassed in the midfield, Colombia's inside out runs made our midfield and defense mediocre. Our defenders must play until the whistle is blown, the lack of tracking from Johnson and Greene were abysmal. I thought Jones, Rubin, and bedoya had decent games, I was expecting more from Mix, he needs to be more assertive in midfield. Overall we had chances to win, but too often Colombia dominated midfield possession, which is often my criticism of our team and our programs.

  8. Chris Sapien , November 15, 2014 at 3:11 p.m.

    @Felipe, you obviously don't read my posts, or at least not close enough. I am very critical of the US and call their play and the officials performance as I see it. Never do I make "silly excuses" for either. Also I neither care nor put any effort into listening to other nation's post game quotes or assessments. Waste of time, as I couldn't care less. As a high level ref myself, I view all games as an opportunity to refine my craft just in case I am thrown into the same situation some day. Don't be so fast to conclude that someone is an unapologetic homer, because they don't sit down and write a book pointing out every significant occurrence in a game. I didn't think I needed to state the obvious like Columbia dominated and the result was fair to make people like you feel empowered.

  9. Daniel Clifton, November 15, 2014 at 5:03 p.m.

    I agree with Chris Sapien that the first Columbian goal should have been called off. How the offside Columbian didn't interfere is beyond me. He almost touched the ball. The US defense had to take him into account. That is interfering. Jones should have been called for a clear hand ball and Columbia should have been awarded a penalty kick.

  10. beautiful game, November 15, 2014 at 6:44 p.m.

    To much yada-yada bloggers and second guessing. When are u people going to face the truth; low individual Soccer IQ = overall team inefficiency. Looking good and getting it dome on a sporadic basis does not get results.

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