USMNT player ratings: How Klinsmann’s men fared against Germany

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They’ve done it again. The U.S. national team has come from behind to beat one of the world’s top teams — this time the top team, reigning world champions Germany — on European soil.

[ FULL RECAP: Germany 1-2 USA ]

Following last Friday’s thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Netherlands, Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT has a great deal of confidence ahead of this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup (July 7-26).

Without any further ado, player ratings for the USMNT’s 2-1 victory over the world champs…

GK — Brad Guzan: 7/10 — His save of Mario Gotze in the 31st minute kept the early deficit at one, allowing the late comeback to take place. A couple more strong saves shortly before the equalizer seemed to spread confidence throughout the team. Good luck winning “your job” back, Tim Howard.

LB — Fabian Johnson: 5.5/10 — The best of the four defenders in the first half, which isn’t saying a whole lot. The German goal began in Johnson’s part of the field, but his lack of closing down was hardly the most egregious error on the play.

CB — John Brooks: 5/10 — Wednesday was better from Brooks, but his tendency to fall asleep and leave massive areas of space wide open with some of the world’s best attackers (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on Friday and Mario Gotze on Wednesday) has already and will continue to cost the U.S. at the highest level.

CB — Ventura Alvarado: 5/10 — Showed once again that he’s not yet ready to face the world’s top teams, but this week will be a very good learning experience for the 22-year-old in the end.

RB — Timothy Chandler: 3/10 — Speaking of the most egregious error on the German goal, what in the world is Chandler doing/where does he think he’s going? That’s inexcusable, and if we’re being honest, a sign that he isn’t fully committed to the team when he steps out on the field and/or simply not good enough for this level.

[ EDWARDS: After NED, GER victories, USMNT riding newfound wave of momentum into Gold Cup ]

CM — Danny Williams: 5/10 — Came off at halftime following a subpar first half in which he was forced to run around like a chicken with his head cut off, thanks to the defensively failures of those in front of him. Somehow didn’t misplace a single pass in his 45 minutes on the field.

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CM — Mix Diskerud: 6/10 — Scored the equalizer, but an unmitigated disaster defensively in the first half. Was pulled out wide to create massive passing lanes far too easily, which kept Williams, Johnson and Brooks under constant pressure. It could should have been 2-0 or 3-0 early, and Diskerud was a key cog in the breakdowns.

RM — Gyasi Zardes: 5.5/10 — The first half was a huge test for Zardes — whether or not he could figure out the narrower-sitting midfield position in the 4-4-2 diamond. It didn’t go so well, but looked better in the second half after moving up and using his size and strength in hold-up play very well.

CM — Michael Bradley: 7.5/10 — He’s not a No. 10, but on Wednesday you sure wouldn’t have known that based on his man-of-the-match performance. The ball over the top to Diskerud for the equalizer was poetry in motion, and not only does he manage to work himself out of trouble on numerous occasions every game, but he does the same for others around him as well.

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FW — Juan Agudelo: 5/10 — The U.S. had so little of the ball in the first half that Agudelo had very little chance to affect the game in his limited action (came off at halftime). He still has to figure into the USMNT going forward (exceptional talent and all that), but this was his chance to stake a claim to a starting spot, and it just didn’t happen.

FW — Aron Johannsson: 5.5/10 — Johannsson was better than his nightmare against the Dutch, but showed once again why he’s also probably a better off the bench, thanks to his tendency to disappear for prolonged periods.

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RM — DeAndre Yedlin: 6/10 — Not nearly the impact he had upon entering the game against the Dutch, but still brought more in terms of wing play than Chandler, the first-half right back, did on overlapping runs. In a way Yedlin gets credit for Chandler’s poor performance.

CM — Kyle Beckerman: 6.5/10 — Steady as ever (just three misplaced passes in 45 minutes, one of which was a 50-yard diagonal ball) and showed once again the difference between himself and any other defensive midfielder in the entire player pool. He’s an absolute lock for the Gold Cup, and a borderline guaranteed starter.

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RB — Brad Evans: 6.5/10 — It was Evans’ pacy through ball that found Bobby Wood for the game-winner. Much like Yedlin, Evans is made to look better in the second half by Chandler’s struggles in the first 45.

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Bobby Wood, USMNT

CM — Alfredo Morales: 5/10 — Asked to serve as the left-sided shuttler upon entering the game in the 74th minute, Morales struggled to find his rhythm and connect passes. It’s pretty clear there’s only one position in which he’s serviceable, and unfortunately for him, Beckerman is currently holding onto that starting spot for dear life.

FW — Bobby Wood: 7/10 — I’m not really sure what else to say. There are certainly aspects of Wood’s game that make him an interesting prospect (he’s still only 22?!), but his finishing has long left much to be desired. His strike for the winner, a curled blast from nearly 25 yards, was pure perfection. Klinsmann has repeatedly called the kid in despite struggles for his club teams, yet Wood’s name is somewhat surprisingly absent from the Gold Cup roster.

FW — Jordan Morris: 6.5 — Jordan Morris comes off the bench for the U.S., and the kid changes games. That’s just what he does. Barely 20 seconds after entering the game on Wednesday, he went inches from scoring a winner of his own. He’s fearless, he’s ferocious and he’s confident. He runs at defenders, he turns defenders and he’s a better technician than most other (professional) forwards in the player pool. At this point, he almost has to be on the Gold Cup roster.

LIVE — USMNT seeks ‘payback’ v. Canada in CONCACAF Nations League

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The USMNT’s CONCACAF Nations League hopes are on the line when it meets Canada in Orlando at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

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The Yanks seek to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Canucks in Toronto last month, one that heaped pressure on coach Gregg Berhalter.

If the USMNT fails to win on Friday, a match Canada also needs for its World Cup qualifying hopes, it will bow out of the tournament before the semifinal round.

There’s no place for DeAndre Yedlin in the back line, as Tim Ream‘s been chosen to play right back with a center back pairing of John Brooks and Aaron Long. Sergino Dest starts on the right.

The midfield will have Jackson Yueill lying deep, with Weston McKennie and Sebastian Lletget also getting the call.

Gyasi Zardes starts at center forward with Jordan Morris and Paul Arriola on the wings.

EURO qualifying wrap: Sweden joins Finland in qualifying

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Finland and Sweden have qualified for EURO 2020 after posting big wins on Friday, the former doing it at home to relative minnows Liechtenstein while the latter scored an impressive win away to Romania.

[ WATCH: G. Jesus’ comical penalty miss ]


Romania 0-2 Sweden

Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison scored first half goals as Sweden qualified for its sixth-straight EURO. Both are having decent starts to the club season. The veteran Berg has scored five times for Krasnodar, while the 26-year-old Quaison has scored four times for Mainz this season.

Spain 7-0 Malta

The Spanish had seven different goal scorers beginning with Alvaro Morata and Santi Cazorla providing a 2-0 halftime lead. Spain out shot Malta 25-1, with Pau Torres, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, and Gerard Moreno also scoring for an experimental squad.

And what if we told you Jesus Navas scored? Cause he did.

Denmark 6-0 Gibraltar

Christian Eriksen scored twice in the final five minutes after Robert Skov’s brace came sandwiched around Christian Gytkjaer and Martin Braithwaite goals. The Danes climbed to the top of Group D, one point better than the Swiss and three better than Republic of Ireland (who it meets on the last match day).

Switzerland 1-0 Georgia

Granit Xhaka went 90 minutes and Cedric Itten scored the game’s lone goal as the Swiss joined the Danes in climbing above Republic of Ireland.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-3 Italy

The Azzurri were clinical on Friday, with Francesco Acerbi, Lorenzo Insigne, and Andrea Belotti bagging

Elsewhere
Norway 4-0 Faroe Islands
Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein — RECAP
Armenia 0-1 Greece

WATCH: Gabriel Jesus comically misses penalty; Messi pots winner on Argentina return

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As long as Lionel Messi is on the field, Argentina and Brazil is going to be must-watch no matter the location.

Messi converted a rebound of his own won and saved penalty to score his 69th international goal in Argentina’s 1-0 win in a Saudi Arabia-hosted friendly on Friday.

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It was Messi’s first match with Argentina since the summer, when he was banned three months for claiming the 2019 Copa America tournament was fixed for hosts Brazil.

Let’s be real, though: You should be here for this terrible penalty miss from Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian also won his penalty, but his miss was a dreadful dribble wide of the frame. It clicked three boxes of terrible: no direction, no conviction, no technique.

Pique: Griezmann growing into Barca role “little by little”

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This summer, there was plenty of talk that Barcelona’s players wanted Neymar in town and quite the opposite regarding Antoine Griezmann.

The Atletico Madrid star was the player purchased by Barcelona.

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Griezmann, 28, has four goals and three assists in 15 matches, but the bulk of that outlay came in two matches and he’s without a goal or assist in the UEFA Champions League.

A bit different from his 21 goals and 10 assists in 48 matches last season, at least on the goals end, but the Frenchman is settling into a new club and city.

While it’s not like his new teammates think he’s garbage, they aren’t sugarcoating their opinion of his transition nor downplaying their lofty opinion of Barca.

Here’s Gerard Pique, via AS.com:

“Real Sociedad and Atlético were teams who played for Griezmann. That’s not the case at Barca, because the level is higher and he has to find his place in the side. Little by little he’s finding it. He’s got the quality and talent for it.”

Pique also blew off Barca’s extra rest before the new El Clasico date, and talked about Leo Messi’scontract talks as well as his relationship with Sergio Ramos. It’s all here.