USMNT player ratings: How Klinsmann’s men fared against the Dutch


First things first, let’s all take a deep breath and try to compose ourselves after what we witnessed this afternoon.

Yes, the U.S. national team just came from behind — 3-1 down with 20 minutes to play — to beat the Netherlands, third-place finishers at last summer’s World Cup, 4-3, on Dutch soil.

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Yes, it was “just a friendly,” but it was the kind of friendly victory that couldn’t have come at a better time — and broken a worse trend — for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side just 32 days before the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Without any further ado, player ratings for the 4-3 victory over the Dutch…

GK — Brad Guzan: 6/10 — Other than having to pick the ball out of his own net three times, Guzan was just fine in goal. The saves he did make were pretty routine, with the exception of Robin van Persie’s close-range header in the 47th minute. The USMNT is in good hands with Tim Howard still out of the picture through this summer.

LB — Brek Shea: 5/10 — Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes found lots and lots of joy — too much, to be honest — down the wings in the first hour, which led to the first two Dutch goals.

source:  CB — John Brooks: 6/10 — It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. That pretty much sums up Brooks’ outing, which will be remembered as much for the lesson that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar taught to him in the first half, as his surging run through midfield for his 70th-minute goal.

CB — Ventura Alvarado: 5/10 — A first half to forget, and a second half on the bench. Alvarado, 22, was subbed off at halftime after repeatedly losing track of Huntelaar — more frequently than so did Brooks, even — and spending more time chasing back toward his own goal than anything else.

RB — Timothy Chandler: 5.5/10 — As was the case with Shea, too much space and time for the talented Dutch wingers led to two easy goals in the first 60 minutes. Has Chandler developed at all since debuting for the U.S. in 2009, or has he actually regressed?

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CM — Kyle Beckerman: 7/10 — Protecting Michael Bradley (more on him in a second) with a true defensive midfielder is the first thing necessary to get the most out of the USMNT’s best player (Bradley), and Beckerman did just that.

CM — Alfredo Morales: 6/10 — See above: Beckerman, Kyle, only slightly less effective.

CM — Michael Bradley: 8.5/10 — On Friday, Bradley reminded us all what many have known all along — he’s the most important USMNT player by a country mile, and every lineup should be built to maximize what he does best: tireless work from end to end, driving runs through the heart of midfield and providing the second-to-final through ball from deeper midfield positions (all three on display HERE). Bradley did all of those things late on against the Dutch, and the entire team — by that point, mostly youngsters — were nigh unstoppable.

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source:  LW — Gyasi Zardes: 7/10 — 81 minutes of work, and he got a goal, but some might feel he could/should have had a second and/or third. Still, his rise from MLS benchwarmer to fighting for a Gold Cup roster spot in the span of 16 months is pretty remarkable.

CF — Aron Johannsson: 4.5/10 — To put it nicely, Johannsson had a stinker in Amsterdam. Sure, he worked hard and that’s important for a lone center forward, but the role doesn’t really suit him all that well. For all the work defensively and trying to hold the ball up against two, three and four defenders at a time, he was never really able to link up and bring anyone else into the game.

RW — Fabian Johnson: 7/10 — Johnson, naturally a left-sided player, built upon his best club season (Borussia Monchengladbach finished third in the Bundesliga and qualified for next year’s Champions League) with another strong performance. His cross for Zardes’s goal was pinpoint, while Chandler would have had an even worse game without Johnson’s defensive assistance.

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CB — Michael Orozco: 5/10 — Completely lost Huntelaar four minutes after entering the game, setting the tone for the onslaught that was the first 20 minutes of the second half. Klinsmann’s constant changing of center back partnerships isn’t doing his players any favors, either.

CM — Mix Diskerud: 5/10 — One of the earlier subs to come on, but had very little impact on the game. Hit a couple of dangerous cross-field balls, but mostly served as a defensive presser.

RW — DeAndre Yedlin: 7/10 — In his 33 minutes on the field, Yedlin completely changed the game for the USMNT, just as he did at the World Cup, constantly providing width and a running in behind the Dutch defense time and again. He remains the U.S.’s ultimate late-game weapon.

CM — Danny Williams: 6.5/10 — No noticeable drop-off when he replaced Beckerman, and he took his goal — wicked deflection and all — well in the 89th minute.

CF — Bobby Wood: 7/10 — Forget the goal — OK, just kidding — but Wood was a huge improvement over Johannsson in the 65th minute. The game was more open by that point, but Wood took what was in front of him and made the most out of his latest opportunity.

LW — Jordan Morris: 7/10 — This kid continues to have an impact, no matter the level of competition — Ireland, Mexico or the Netherlands. Such a smart player, sees and uses space so well, and provided the perfect cutting cross to Wood for the winner. We’re going to find out how he fares in a competitive game sooner than later.

LIVE, UCL: Tottenham, Man City both in action

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Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday, but both Premier League clubs face very different situations.

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Spurs host Red Star Belgrade knowing they have to win to give themselves a decent chance of reaching the last 16, while Man City can make it three wins from three if they take care of Atalanta at home.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid head to Galatasaray, Juventus host Lokomotiv Moscow, PSG face Club Brugge and Bayern Munich take on Olympiacos.

Below is the full schedule for Tuesday’s late games, with all games kicking off at 3 p.m. ET.

Click on the link above to follow all of the action live, while we will have you covered with a roundup of the action right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League schedule

Group A
Club Brugge v. PSG
Galatasaray v. Real Madrid

Group B
Tottenham Hotspur v. Red Star Belgrade
Olympiacos v. Bayern Munich

Group C
Man City v. Atalanta

Group D
Juventus v. Lokomotiv Moscow

Premier League player Power Rankings

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Our latest Premier League player Power Rankings have landed.

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Matchweek nine provided plenty of star performances, with eight new entries in our top 10. Man City, Chelsea, Everton and Leicester City are all well represented in our rankings this week.

Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.

1. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – Even
2. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) – New entry
3. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – New entry
4. David Silva (Man City) – New entry
5. Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – New entry
6. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – Up 12
7. Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – New entry
8. Daniel James (Man United) – New entry
9. Abdoulaye Doucoure (Watford) – New entry
10. Theo Walcott (Everton) – New entry
11. Jorginho (Chelsea) – Down 8
12. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Down 2
13. Andre Gomes (Everton) – New entry
14. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Down 9
15. Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) – Even
16. Rui Patricio (Wolves) – Down 3
17. Gabriel Jesus (Man City) – New entry
18. John Lundstram (Sheffield United) – New entry
19. Danny Ings (Southampton) – New entry
20. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – New entry

Beckham’s stadium complex for Inter Miami taking shape

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Piles of steel sit at one end of the property, waited to be lifted into place. Workers were going in all directions, some pounding nails into wood, others ready to pour concrete, others driving heavy equipment over piles of dirt.

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For now, it’s a construction site.

Before long, Inter Miami will call it home.

“Organized chaos,” Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said as he took a look around the site of the now-demolished Lockhart Stadium where work on a new complex is happening 12 hours a day, seven days a week. “But we’ll be ready.”

These are hectic times for McDonough and Inter Miami, the team headlined by soccer icon David Beckham that will embark on its inaugural MLS season starting early in 2020. The team doesn’t have a coach yet. Or players. Or a schedule. Or even the first blade of grass for its new pitch.

Over the next few weeks, all those issues – and countless others – will be addressed. Construction is on schedule, with all signals pointing toward everything being ready for the team’s first home match that’s likely to come in March.

Still, that doesn’t do much to help McDonough’s sleep cycle.

“This takes up a ton of time and everything keeps me up at night,” McDonough said. “But it’s OK. We’re just on an accelerated timeline. There’s so much stuff going on. But this is expansion. It’s awesome. Everything we’re doing here, we’re trying to do it right.”

At any given time, there are about 225 workers on the job site – the whereabouts of all of them tracked with an app that gets data from a chip attached to the back of their hard hats. If there’s lightning in the area, work gets halted for 30 minutes until the cell passes. And that’s a big deal, because even with next season still months away every minute counts.

Nothing is ready, yet – but it will be.

“The way it was built out, we’re thinking of the athlete first from the minute they walk in,” said Jacklyne Ramos, the team’s vice president of communications as she stood inside what will be the building containing the locker room and other key spaces for the team. “The main stadium, that’s for the games. Where we are now, this is where they’ll live.”

The Associated Press got a tour on Monday of what will be Inter Miami’s inaugural home. The shell of the team’s headquarters – locker rooms, equipment room, dining area, coach’s office, what will become the sports performance lab, the academy workout facilities and more – is coming together. Every detail has been thought of; the walk from the players’ parking lot to the building will be short, the training room will be small (“I don’t want them comfortable in there,” McDonough said), and an area will be built just off the outside wall of the locker room to air out cleats after training sessions.

“They’ll never be in the building,” McDonough said. “Boots can stink.”

Beckham spent about five years trying to get MLS back in South Florida, and after many sites were considered – there’s still plans for the team to eventually play in another stadium that Beckham and his partner Jorge Mas want built in Miami – they settled on the former Lockhart site. Lockhart is where the MLS’ Miami Fusion played from 1998-2001, eventually folding because of poor attendance.

The centerpiece of everything is the 18,000-seat stadium, and parts of what will become the field are already largely marked off. Drainage was installed first, followed by four inches of rock for a base. From there, sprinklers go into place and four thin pieces of wood are set in place to mark where the goalposts will go. About a foot of soil will be added in the coming weeks, watered and compacted and graded. Sod is scheduled to go in Nov. 14; from there, it’ll be protected and fenced off and finally, what now seems like an oversized sand pit right now will look like a place to play soccer.

Behind that are more fields, including a turf one can be used for high school football and other events. The other half-dozen grass fields will be for training and the team’s affiliate clubs.

A coach will be hired soon. A roster is coming. There are plans for a soft opening a few weeks before the season and then, when the first match is played all the mess and chaos will be forgotten.

“I wasn’t ready for this. I’m still not,” McDonough said. “I’m learning as we go. Conduits, positioning of poles, there’s so many things that you don’t realize until you live it. But that’s what it takes and we’re getting it done.”

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Champions League score predictions: Week 3

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The pivotal third matchday of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage is here, and there are some tough clashes coming up for the four Premier League clubs.

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Below we predict the scores for all 16 UCL games taking place over the next two days, with Tottenham needing a win at home against Red Star Belgrade to get their UCL campaign back on track, while reigning champs Liverpool face Genk, Chelsea heading to Ajax and Man City host Atalanta.

Elsewhere, Inter host Borussia Dortmund and Lille and Valencia do battle in a tasty clash, while the likes of Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich face tricky but winnable tests.

Feel free to make your own predictions in the comments section below, too.


Group A
Galatasaray 1-3 Real Madrid
Club Brugge 1-2 PSG

Group B
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Red Star Belgrade
Olympiacos 1-2 Bayern Munich

Group C
Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Man City 3-2 Atalanta

Group D
Juventus 3-0 Lokomotiv Moscow
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen


Group E
Genk 1-4 Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg 2-4 Napoli

Group F
Slavia Prague 1-3 Barcelona
Inter Milan 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Group G
Leipzig 2-1 Zenit
Benfica 1-1 Lyon

Group H
Lille 2-1 Valencia
Ajax 2-1 Chelsea