Player Ratings: USA reaches new low in Klinsmann era

Of the 16 matches the USA has played at competitive tournaments in the Jurgen Klinsmann era, its four lowest-rated performances -- and five of the six lowest-rated performances -- took place at this year's Gold Cup. For a look how Soccer America rated the U.S. players.

Average Team Ratings:
2013 GOLD CUP (Average: 5.96)
6.09 USA-Belize
5.45 USA-Cuba
5.64 USA-Costa Rica
6.27 USA-El Salvador
6.36 USA-Honduras
2014 WORLD CUP (average: 5.83)
6.67 USA-Ghana
5.77 USA-Portugal
5.08 USA-Germany
5.79 USA-Belgium
2015 GOLD CUP (Average: 4.79)
5.09 USA-Honduras
4.73 USA-Haiti
4.55 USA-Panama
6.27 USA-Cuba
4.09 USA-Jamaica
4.00 USA-Panama

At the 2013 Gold Cup, eight players (Nick Rimando, Clarence Goodson, Kyle Beckerman, Joe Corona, Jose Torres, Mix Diskerud, Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson) finished with average ratings of 6.00 or higher.

At the 2014 World Cup, seven players (Tim Howard, Jermaine Jones, DeAndre Yedlin, DaMarcus Beasley, Fabian Johnson, Matt Besler and Beckerman), reached the 6.00 average.

At the 2015 Gold Cup, Clint Dempsey with an an average of 6.00 in six matches was the only player to attain that mark.

Indeed, just eight of the 20 players rated in two or more games averaged as much as 5.00 or higher.

2015 Gold Cup Team Ratings:
AVG. GAME
5.09 USA-Honduras 2-1 (Report Card)
4.73 USA-Haiti 1-0 (Report Card)
4.55 USA-Panama 1-1 (Report Card)
6.27 USA-Cuba 6-0 (Report Card)
4.09 USA-Jamaica 1-2 (Report Card)
4.00 USA-Panama 1-1 (Report Card)

2015 Gold Cup Player Ratings:
Goalkeepers:
AVG. PLAYER GAMES

5.83 Brad Guzan 7/6/6/5/4/7

Defenders
AVG. PLAYER GAMES
5.33 Omar Gonzalez -/5/-/7/-/4
5.00 Fabian Johnson 5/5/5/6/5/4
4.75 Brad Evans 5/4/-/6/4/-
4.50 Tim Ream -/5/-/-/-/4
4.25 Tim Chandler 3/-/4/6/-/4
4.25 John Brooks 5/-/5/-/4/3
3.75 Ventura Alvarado 3/-/4/4/4/-

Midfielders:
AVG. PLAYER GAMES
5.50 Michael Bradley 6/4/6/7/6/4
5.20 Gyasi Zardes 5/6/5/6/4/-
5.00 Alejandro Bedoya -/-/5/6/4/-
4.60 DeAndre Yedlin 4/-/5/5/4/5
4.50 Kyle Beckerman 5/NR/4/6/3/-
4.50 Joe Corona -/-/-/5/-/4
3.50 Mix Diskerud -/3/-/-/4/-
3.00 Graham Zusi NR/3/-/-/-/3

Forwards:
AVG. PLAYER GAMES
6.00 Clint Dempsey 8/7/5/8/3/5
5.20 Aron Johannsson -/6/5/7/4/4
4.00 Chris Wondolowski 5/-/4/-/-/3
4.00 Jozy Altidore 5/3/-/-/-/-

Less Than Two Games:
6.00 Greg Garza -/6/-/-/-/-
4.00 Alan Gordon -/-/-/-/4/-
4.00 DaMarcus Beasley -/-/-/-/-/4
3.00 Alfredo Morales -/-/3/-/-/-
DNP Nick Rimando -/-/-/-/-/-
DNP William Yarbrough -/-/-/-/-/-
8 comments about "Player Ratings: USA reaches new low in Klinsmann era".
  1. Allan Lindh, July 27, 2015 at 10:29 p.m.

    Maybe it's time to call a spade a spade. After the WC fiasco and not including Donovan for petty personal reasons, lots of us said, OK, give him a chance, see how it goes at the Gold Cup. Abject failure. Time to pull the plug, swallow the millions, and find a real coach. Bayern-Munich fired him for a reason. We were arrogant to ignore that background, now we know why they fired him. A nice smile, bit of boyish charisma will only go so far. He's not very smart, with no real soccer brains, and it's time to pull the plug and move on.

  2. David Mont, July 28, 2015 at 7:06 a.m.

    Allan, you are absolutely right, of course, but you also know that this will not happen. Gulati will never admit his mistake, and Klinsmann's "nice smile and boyish charisma" are obviously going very far with many US fans.

  3. Dave Kantor, July 28, 2015 at 2:46 p.m.

    I agree that Klinsy should be sacked ASAP, but US Soccer is probably waiting for the outcome of the 2017 Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico on October 9th. If the US loses, and gets thoroughly out-played (which is a distinct possibility given recent form), then the calls for his head will grow much louder. While I want Klinsy to be fired, I really want the US to beat Mexico by 2-0, as they have so many times.

  4. Gus Keri, July 28, 2015 at 4:16 p.m.

    Wake up guys and small the roses. the hiring of Klinsmann was never about getting results. It was all about international recognition. He is here to stay.

  5. Tim Brown, July 28, 2015 at 5:35 p.m.

    Reality Check- Usa are just an average program at best. Klinsman has no apparent plan of how to make this the best team possible.

  6. J White, July 28, 2015 at 6:56 p.m.

    From the moment the US squad for the Gold Cup was announced by US Soccer and coach J. Klinnsmann, it was obvioius to me that Klinssman needed to be fired. Players like Wondo of San Jose already had their swan song in a national team jersey. Comments like this have nothing to do with a player's personality, skills, worth, or past performances. They are simply based on the fact that Father Time waits for no man. A Gold Cup is an easy tournament. It really is. Only the semifinal and final ought to be difficult hurdles. Thus, an enterprising coach (and staff) are then always building toward a goal like a) win the Gold Cup 2015, b) secure the CONFED Cup 2017 in Russia berth, c) move solidly along toward easy WC 2018 qualification, d) get a respectable 4th place at the Russian held CONFED Cup - as a minimum goal, and e) reach the round of quarterfinals (as a minimum goal) for the Russian hosted WC 2018. THEN: One, as a national team coach, start the cycle again - with a host of new faces. Yep. That's it. Even the best US players have only about a 4 year life-cycle in the US national team kit. That's it. Except for 4 - 7 exceptional players. And a US national team coach who has 85,000 eligible males to choose from can do this. But you don't and you fail when a name like Beckerman and Altidore are still in the lineup. Beckerman = "Out" due to age. Sorry. Too old. Sport is like that. It discrimates. Altidore = "Out" for inconsistencies, unprofessionalism, lack of commitment, and too many (given) but squandered game chances over the last 5 years. Jurgen Klinsmann does not have the wherewithal as a human being to decisively move on to the next set of players. And, as a former career striker of note, JK has already shown over and over his inability to raise the game of a US citizen striker. Why? How can this be? Answer: Klinsmann cannot coach. Dump him. The US does not need a high profile name US men's national team coach.

  7. cisco martinez, July 28, 2015 at 7:38 p.m.

    The ratings from the Gold Cup this year have our players way too much credit for there performances, only Guzan, F, Johnson, Dempsey, and Bedoya played decent. Klinsmann needs to be fired!

  8. Nalin Carney, July 28, 2015 at 10:44 p.m.

    Klinsman just is not the right coach for the USA.

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