By Mike Woitalla
The USA's winless streak extended to four games with a 4-1 loss to Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday -- matching its biggest defeat of the Jurgen Klinsmann era, a 4-1 loss to Brazil in 2012.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
5 Bill Hamid (D.C. United) 2/0
A bad day for the 23-year-old to pick up his second cap, he did have an excellent save off Daryl Murphy’s close-range effort and sent a pinpoint pass to Bobby Woods for the USA’s best second-half scoring chance. Beaten four times on tough shots.
3 Fabian Johnson
(Borussia M'Gladbach/GER) 29/1
Right back gave up the ball under pressure to set the plate for Ireland’s go-ahead goal.
4 Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City)
He intercepted a number of dangerous balls across the middle but lost Anthony Pilkington on the first goal.
2 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG) 31/1
Stumbled around the ball to allow Murphy’s close-range shot in the 27th minute. Whiffed at the cross-field pass leading to the 3-1, a shot that deflected off him. Committed a foul for the free kick that gave Ireland its fourth goal.
4 Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER) 17/0
The left back won a couple corners when he attacked, but Ireland ruled the wings on both sides.
6 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA) 37/2.
The best U.S. player. Set up three promising attacks down the right wing during the only period when the USA established some rhythm -- for about 15 minutes in the middle of the first half. Delivered a back-heel pass that sent Johnson on a promising run down the flank in the in the second half. The closest thing to a U.S. playmaker.
3 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 42/1
Gave up the ball too often with bad passes and mis-traps, and lost a 50-50 battle in midfield that Ireland exploited on its first goal.
5 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR) 25/5
Scored a nice goal after creating the sequence by forcing a bad pass from David Meyler -- but did little else.
3 Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt/GER) 6/0
Intercepted Meyler’s pass and sent a ball into the penalty area that eventually led to Diskerud’s goal, but besides drawing a foul and winning a corner kick, lacked initiative on the left flank.
4 Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG) 75/25
Delivered a nice chip for Wondolowski to set up Diskerud’s stab into the net and hit the crossbar with his only shot, but posed no other danger for the Irish. Capped his evening with a yellow card for a cheap-shot foul.
4 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes) 25/9
A fine assist during an otherwise quiet performance. Replaced at halftime by Bobby Wood.
RATING PLAYER (TEAM) GP/G
4 Bobby Wood (1860 Munich/GER) 5/0
As against Colombia on Friday, blazed through the middle for a one-on-one only to be denied by the keeper’s fingertips.
4 Greg Garza (Tijuana/MEX) 5/0
Had a prime chance to score during his 25-minute appearance but couldn’t strike it out of keeper Shay Given’s reach.
nr Jordan Morris (Stanford Univ.) 1/0
The collegian's debut started with 14 minutes left and he set up a shot for Garza.
nr Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED) 2/0
Hardly saw the ball after arriving the 77th minute.
nr Tim Ream (Bolton/ENG)
Entered in the 87th minute.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)