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For the overwhelming majority of the game, Matt Besler was a quiet but calming presence for the U.S. back line. Much of what Besler does goes unnoticed, but for a center-back, going unnoticed can be a good thing.
When the U.S. midfield failed to pressure the Jamaican attack, more often than not, it was Besler stepping up to pressure the ball. Besler also contributed to the attack on a number of occasions, finding both Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore with penetrating passes behind the Jamaican defense.
While Besler’s game was largely mistake-free, he did have two bad moments back-to-back in the 76th and 77th minutes, respectively.
On the first play, he lost track of Jermaine Beckford on the weak side of the field, but did do well to recover on the play and bump Beckford off the ball. A minute later, Besler tried to settle a Jamaican service into the box, but took a bad touch, and the Jamaicans got a second chance at the U.S. net.
Overall, however, it was an impressive performance by the U.S. center-back.