USA vs. Germany: Top Performers from Americans' Massive Friendly Win

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02:  Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States Men's National Team celebrates after scoring his second goal of the game in the second half against the Germany Men's National Team in an international friendly at RFK Stadium on June 2, 2013  in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Coming off a disheartening 4-2 loss to Belgium, the United States men's national team looked to be in for a long day against powerhouse Germany, whether it be the Germans' first, second or 17th squad. 

Naturally, the often unpredictable Americans pulled out the 4-3 victory in stunning fashion. 

Despite it just being a friendly, the gargantuan victory over what many believe to be the 2014 World Cup favorites has the potential to be not only a historical win but a stepping stone for future success. 

Let's take a look at what Americans were at their best during the thrilling win. 


Jozy Altidore

While Jozy Altidore has shown glimpses of his potential since he made his USMNT debut all the way back in 2007, he has more often than not simply disappointed. 

But if the current AZ Alkmaar star, who is still only 23 years of age, can play like he did Sunday, the United States will finally have the elite striker it has so desperately desired. 

Altidore started off his performance with this sumptuous volley to open the scoring:

Throughout the rest of the game, he looked focused. He used his strength and physicality to hold defenders off the ball.

He was aggressive, fighting for every ball in his area. He consistently gained control around the box, fired off several shots and had a brilliant delivery to Clint Dempsey for an assist in the second half. 

It was arguably Altidore's best performance ever wearing red, white and blue. 


Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the German goalkeeper, was terrific for the Americans on Sunday, assisting in this second goal:


Clint Dempsey

At the age of 30, Dempsey is quickly closing on Landon Donovan as the most productive USMNT goalscorer of all time:

After Germany cut the United States' lead to 2-1, Dempsey entered takeover mode.

In the 60th minute, Altidore delivered a ball into the box, where the talented midfielder connected with a flawless strike that ter Stegen had no chance of stopping. It was a beautiful goal, but it was expected considering how open he was inside the box. 

Moments later, he one-upped himself. 

Dempsey lost his marker, put the ball to his left foot and sent a gorgeous, curling shot into the top corner of the net from 29 yards out:

His five-minute brace was a world-class combination of power and finesse, and it's scary to think where this squad would be without their superstar. Dempsey is the lifeblood of this team, and he continually finds new ways to impress. 


Brad Evans

Many questioned Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to play Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans at right-back against Germany, but the often-criticized manager is looking like a genius right now. 

Evans' performance wasn't as deafening as Altidore or Dempsey's, but it was just as impressive. 

Making just his ninth national team appearance, Evans had Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski in his pocket all night, consistently making tackles, blocking crosses and earning timely clearances. 

Evans may not be flashy, but he's an intelligent player who doesn't take many risks, and it worked to an absolute tee on Sunday.

It's difficult to imagine Evans won't be a fixture during the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the USA. The team has struggled to find any consistency from the back four. 


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