Ukraine vs. USA: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 5, 2014

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - SEPTEMBER 06:  Clint Dempsey #8 of the United States reacts after scoring off a penalty kick against Costa Rica during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional on September 6, 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The United States fell to Ukraine, 2-0, in an international friendly on Wednesday in Larnaca, Cyprus. 

The American defense was caught out on both goals, one of which came in each half. 

The result did give manager Jurgen Klinsmann a look at what fringe players he should bring with him to Brazil and which ones should stay at home for the World Cup.

Continue reading below for a complete analysis of the United States players from the loss. 

United States Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Tim Howard6.57
Geoff Cameron6.57
Oguchi Onyewu55
John Brooks55
Edgar Castillo44.5
Jermaine Jones66.7
Sacha Kljestan55
Alejandro Bedoya67
Clint Dempsey65
Fabian Johnson5.56
Jozy Altidore55
Brek SheaN/A6
Aron JohannssonN/A6.5
Danny WilliamsN/A6.5
Juan AgudeloN/A6

Half-time Analysis: 

Tim Howard: Howard did make a nice save right before the first goal, but he was left hanging by his defense on the rebound. 

Geoff Cameron: Of the four defenders, Cameron was the best, but that isn't saying much given how terrible the other three members of the back line were. The right-back did produce a few promising runs down the right wing, but nothing came from those chances. 

Oguchi Onyewu: Combined with Brooks at center-back, Onyewu had a terrible first half. He failed to deal with the runs made by the Ukrainian attacking players and he did not do anything to help his cause for the World Cup.

John Brooks: The youngster started out strong with a clearance and a block in the eighth minute on successive chances, but he failed to defend on the Ukraine goal. 

Edgar Castillo: Castillo could not deal with Yarmolenko on the right wing and he looked helpless for the entire 45 minutes. 

Jermaine Jones: Surprisingly, Jones held his composure and had a decent first half as he tracked back to help defend on a few occasions. 

Sacha Kljestan: A quiet performance was not what Kljestan needed in the first half to impress Jurgen Klinsmann. 

Alejandro Bedoya: Bedoya had a chance to provide on a corner kick late in the half, but no one converted for a solid chance on goal. 

Clint DempseyWe were expecting Dempsey to lead the attack in the midfield, but he didn't make much of an impact.

Fabian Johnson: On the left wing, Johnson was quiet throughout most of the half as he adjusted back to the left-midfield position. 

Jozy Altidore: Believe it or not, Altidore was actually out on the pitch in the first half. The Sunderland forward didn't take his invisibility cloak off until the team marched into the locker room.


Full-time Analysis: 

Howard: The final score does not represent the solid game in goal that Howard had. On both goals, Howard made the initial save, but he had no help to recover from both of his efforts. 

Cameron: If you had to choose who the best player besides Howard was on the pitch, it was Cameron. The right-back continued his stellar club form into this game and he once again proved how valuable his versatility will be in Brazil. 

Onyewu: With his performance against Ukraine, Onyewu basically took his name out of contention for the 23-man World Cup roster. 

Brooks: The Hertha Berlin center-back made clear that he is one for the future, not for the present as he made too many bad decisions. 

Castillo: Was relieved of his duties in the 63rd minute and he did not get much of a chance to redeem himself from his pitiful first half. 

Jones: Jones proved why he keeps getting selected by Klinsmann for the starting lineup in the second half. He was a steady hand in the midfield to link up with the attack by way of a few key passes. 

Kljestan: Let's just say Kljestan did not help his World Cup cause with his showing in Cyprus on Wednesday. 

Bedoya: A promising start to the second half showed what Bedoya could bring to the World Cup squad. He was one of the lone bright spots in the American attack. 

Dempsey: Deuce's biggest highlight came in the 84th minute when he was involved in a scrum with a few Ukrainian players. Luckily for Dempsey, he did not pick up a stupid red card in the kerfuffle. 

Johnson: Drifted to left-back when the substitutions were made. In the long-term scenario for the national team, Johnson is the starting left-back. He did nothing to damage his spot on the World Cup roster, and his speed and youthfulness will be needed to backup DaMarcus Beasley. 

Altidore: Jozy appeared in the 51st minute with a headed shot on goal, but then he put on his invisibility cloak again and caused no more threats to the Ukraine goal. 



Brek Shea: We are still waiting for another breakout performance off the bench for Shea. He could still make the World Cup roster if his club form continues to get better. 

Aron Johannsson: Had the best chance of the game in the 87th minute when his volley was cleared off the line by Oleg Gusev. 

Danny Williams: After his arrival on the pitch, it looked like the Americans received an extra boost of energy from his play in the midfield. 

Juan Agudelo: The former New England Revolution forward needed more time on the pitch to make a lasting impact in the eyes of Klinsmann. 


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