USA-Germany International Friendly Player Ratings

USA-GERMANY EXPRESS:
June 10 in Cologne
Germany 1 USA 2. Goals: Goetze 12; Diskerud 41, Wood 87.
Att: 40,348.
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The USA stunned reigning World Cup champion Germany, 2-1, Tuesday in Cologne to complete a sweep of European powers. Like against the Netherlands on Friday, the Americans came from behind to win, and the unlikely hero off the bench was Bobby Wood. Germany took the early lead but the Americans equalized late in the first half on a goal by Mix Diskerud that capped a 30-pass sequence. They carried that momentum into the second half during which they were the better team.

U.S. Player Ratings
STARTERS:
7 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), 30/0. Sharp first-half saves on Mario Goetze and Mesut Ozil to keep the game close. Tough catch under pressure stymied Germany in stoppage time.

5 Tim Chandler (Nuremberg/GER) 21/0. Left the back post open on Germany’s first goal and gave Goetze way too much time and space to put it away. Changed to left back for the second half and hit a good cross that Johannsson swung on and missed.

5 Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX) 5/0. Slow to close down German attackers in the box and caught a couple of times trying to play the offside trap. Stretched by the guile and pace of Patrick Hermann but looked much more secure in the second half. In stoppage time he cut out a low cross at the near post and lost an aerial duel.

7 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 12/2. Stuck out a foot several times to block threatening passes near the edge of the penalty area. Very strong and confident in the second half.

5 Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER) 32/1. Used space on the left flank to serve a couple of dangerous balls and including a driven near-post cross the U.S. nearly turned into a shot.

4 Danny Williams (Reading/ENG), 16/1. Not quite quick enough to intervene as Germany swept forward on the break but won a few duels. Cautioned for late tackle and came off at halftime.

7 Mix Diskerud (New York City FC) 30/6. Weak challenge on Hermann allowed him to set up Germany’s first goal. Scored excellent goal for U.S. by running onto chip from Bradley and chesting it down to nail it first-time on the bounce. Created chance for Zardes with nice chip from close range.

8 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 98/13. Surged through the right channel from midfield to play the ball wide for Chandler to cross. Lofted a great ball from the right side that Diskerud took on his chest and banged into the net. Force a solid save on his attempt at an olimpico. Surged forward to crack a hard, low shot that forced an excellent save.

6 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 7/1. Pierced the right side but fired over the bar from about 20 yards. Ran onto a ball from Diskerud to challenge keeper without getting a clean shot. Moved up to forward in the second half to trouble Germany with his energy and pace.

6 Aron Johannsson (AZ/NED) 20/3. Went wide right several times in the first half to threaten and aided in a buildup with a clever back heel. Whiffed on a nice serve from Chandler in the 65th minute.

3 Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution) 20/3. Struggled with his hold up play. Got behind German defenders a couple of times but wasn’t able to free himself to take a crack at goal.
 
SUBSTITUTES:
6 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), 45/1. Slotted neatly into the holding/supplying role and gave balance to the midfield behind Bradley.

7 DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham/ENG), 12/0. Broke forward in the first minute after coming on after the break to deliver a cross from near the goal line and slowed the German attempts to come down his side. Cut back a ball for Bradley to fire on goal. Cautioned for late and needless slide tackle.

7 Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), 19/1. Gave his usual dose of grit and ruggedness while chasing down Jonas Hector and Ozil. Nicked ball away from Lucas Podolski at the very last second. Crisp pass to Wood provided him the chance to win the game.

6 Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt/GER), 10/0. Good block stopped his shot from the edge of the penalty area. Nice pass set Bradley free to launch attack in the 82nd minute.

7 Bobby Wood (Erzgebirge Aue/GER), 7/2. Came into the match ready to contribute and got in a good touch that opened up the German back line. Scored superb goal by turning with the ball and belting a low-left footer from 25 yards out.

6 Jordan Morris (Stanford University), 5/1. Narrowly missed with a first time strike just seconds after coming off the bench. Dummy run gave Wood a bit more space to exploit for the winning goal.

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

June 10 in Cologne
Germany 1 USA 2. Goals: Goetze 12; Diskerud 41, Wood 87.
Germany -- Zieler; Rudy, Mustafi, Ruediger, Hector; Schweinsteiger (Khedira 46), Guendogan (Kramer 46); Herrmann (Bellarabi 73), Ozil, Schuerrle (Podolski 46), Goetze (Kruse 73).
USA -- Guzan; Chandler, Alvarado, Brooks, Johnson (Evans 46); Williams (Beckerman 46), Zardes (Morris 74), Diskerud (Morales 74), Bradley; Johannsson (Wood 74), Agudelo (Yedlin 46).
Att: 40,348.

TRIVIA. The USA beat a reigning World Cup champion for only a second time. It beat Brazil, 1-0, in the semifinals of the 1998 Gold Cup.

17 comments about "USA-Germany International Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. Santiago 1314, June 10, 2015 at 6:04 p.m.

    "F"ing "10s" for Everyone! !!! USA!!!..USA!!!..USA!!!...WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN WIN!!! Right NOW... AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM,. As personified by Bradley...Playing in that Rinky Dink MLS,,, He doesn't give a Care about Who the other team is...Wind him up and let him go..Don't pin him down Up Front (like WC2014) ... Maybe JK is figuring it out...

  2. Chris Sapien , June 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

    OMFG! And don't come back with the "the USA is the only nation who takes friendlies serious sh*t"! Imagine what we could be if we had a solid and consistent back four, that would free our attacking mids and forwards! We could say goodbye to the 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 diamond etc. for at least a decade. Bradley is a beast, and he kills it when we bring on the speed of youth! Outstanding! Not gonna' end on a negative, but, Chandler your time is waning fast......

  3. Ginger Peeler, June 10, 2015 at 7:56 p.m.

    Amen, Santiago and Chris!!! After the win over the Netherlands, the Klinsmann haters went kinda quiet. Even more so after this amazing, wonderful win!!! This was the German A team missing a few of its players. It certainly was NOT our usual A team because we were missing Altidore, Dempsey and Jones. And we had a lot of our younger players being "thrown in the freezing water" to see how they would do. OMG!!! Klinsmann did it again! He pulled the rabbit out of the hat! Go USA!!!

  4. Ric Fonseca, June 10, 2015 at 8:06 p.m.

    ... and after today's win, who are "Altidore, Dempsey and Jones???" Actually I shoulda said, who needs these blokes?

  5. Valerie Metzler, June 10, 2015 at 8:52 p.m.

    :-)

  6. cisco martinez, June 10, 2015 at 11:14 p.m.

    We'll done boys, well done. Let's take the goal cup, let's go U-20's, I believe...I believe...

  7. Fred Omond, June 11, 2015 at 12:04 a.m.

    What a great display of grit and heart! The future is here and Klinsman’s acumen has once again shone through. Klinsy’s substitutions were dead on point and most of the lads in the field today played their hearts out. The world just needs to take notice, US soccer has finally arrived. Thumping Holland and Germany within a span of five days is no mean feat.

  8. Gak Foodsource, June 11, 2015 at 12:20 a.m.

    really nice goals from Wood and Diskerud.

  9. Santiago 1314, June 11, 2015 at 6:32 a.m.

    Si, Si, Señor Fred...Play your Hearts Out for the USA...We don't need to Overcoach or try to Structure the US Players...So what If we are not The most Skillful or Pretty...Their Smart, Atheletic, Creative and Competitive...Wind them Up and Let them do Battle....Let's go u20s and WNT... Bring home the Hardware.!!!

  10. Kent James, June 11, 2015 at 9:14 a.m.

    Well done, boys. No mean feat taking it to the Germans on their home soil. I think the ratings are pretty accurate; With the exception of Brooks (who seems to be in the early Onyewu mold), the back 4 did not impress (there was no excuse for Chandler not covering Goetze on the German goal; that was defense 101). I generally like Johnson and Williams, but Johnson didn't have much to do (I was surprised JK left Chandler in and took Johnson out), and Williams was lucky he was not ejected for that very late, studs up tackle (that came out of nowhere). I like Agudelo, but he did nothing up front (he didn't even seem that interested). Everyone else was exceptional! I now see why everyone is excited about Johansson. I've always considered Diskerud as a very skillful player (and his goal is a good example of that), but he also played tenacious defense and had a great workrate. Zardes played well (even better up top than in MF), and look at Evans, nutmegging the Germans as he attacks their goal from right back. What a great day for US soccer. And of course, there's Bradley; so many times he fooled the Germans marking him by dribbling past them, or turning unexpectedly, or hitting an angled pass. He was the engine that drove the US train. One of his best games ever.

  11. James Madison, June 11, 2015 at 1:29 p.m.

    Take the win and run. Any time. However, as in the case of the Netherlands match, the win inflated most of the ratings by a point. The exceptions are Guzan and Bradley and Beckerman, who was, if anything, under-rated and who seems to team better with Bradley than anyone else does.

  12. John Roode, June 11, 2015 at 10:34 p.m.

    Guzan 7 Chandler 6 Alvarado 2 Brooks 7 Johnson 6 Williams 6 Diskerud 7 Bradley 9 Zardes 3 Johannsson 4 Agudelo 4 Beckerman 5 Yedlin 7 Evans 7 Morales 5 Wood 7 Morris 7 Alvarado is a serious problem... a disaster waiting to happen. I've never seen a player at this level mark so much air and create so many problems for the other centerback with his lack of vision and coordination. If Zardes had ANY technical skill at all, he could be devastating. For now, he is pretty much a black hole. Johannsson should not be playing the top nor should he be in the middle of the field. He's a flank player on this team. He's just not physical enough to ever play with his back to the goal or track down a ball over the top. Otherwise, there is some real talent on this team.

  13. John Roode, June 11, 2015 at 10:38 p.m.

    BTW... the reason the German defense was so stretched and out of shape at the end was because of the off-ball movement by Morris. He's a stud and a great team player. Very unselfish. I'd like to see if he could bring that energy for 75-90 minutes. If so, he starts up top in a 4-2-3-1.

  14. Kent James, June 12, 2015 at 12:14 a.m.

    James, you're right about Beckerman. I initially did not think he would ever contribute significantly to the USMNT, but especially when paired with Bradley, he's done a lot of underrated work (though JK seems to notice, so that's good). He is a tenacious defender (which he's always been), but he's actually very reliable with the ball; he always provides an outlet when his teammates are under pressure, and rarely turns it over. The work he does allows the more offensively oriented guys to do their thing...

  15. Rick Estupinan, June 15, 2015 at 4:50 p.m.

    Greg Lalas , it is clear you are an American , so I commend you for your knowledge in set plays in Football (Soccer ) . The analyses you gave is very accurate and even people with general knowledge of the game don't seem to notice these details .
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  16. Rick Estupinan, June 15, 2015 at 5:02 p.m.

    It was an excellent game ! I think finally we have a good wining team,providing they keep on playing like this.It is really not so bad if they loose playing like they did today,been consistent with their previous performance .

  17. beautiful game, June 15, 2015 at 9:57 p.m.

    Most of you bloggers have fallen into complacency. Good finishing, but still a lot of work needs to be done to play a more simple style of possession. Two nice wins, but the same issues persist; patience, efficacy, make things happen, and team shape. .

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