Jozy Altidore bagged a brace and Victor Moses scored from the spot as the United States edged Nigeria 2-1 in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday.
Following are ratings and analysis for all the United States players.
|United States Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for USMNT
Howard: Honoured on the occasion of his 100th cap before kick-off.
Johnson: Has been training as a right-back and is now Klinsmann’s first choice in the position
Cameron: America’s best defender has yet to put a foot wrong.
Besler: Has improved with each outing since a shaky performance against Azerbaijan.
Beasley: Is battling for starting left-back spot with Chandler.
Beckerman: Giving the ball away too often.
Jones: Masterminded the bit of buildup that led to Altidore’s opener.
Bradley: Winning back possession and leading by example.
Bedoya: Making things happen on the counter.
Dempsey: His audacious attempt at an overhead kick sent the ball sailing well over the crossbar.
Altidore: Went 185 days before scoring for either club or country.
Full-Time analysis for USMNT
Howard: Made four saves but will have been disappointed not to get the clean sheet.
Johnson: Did well in an entertaining battle with Moses.
Cameron: Instinctively moved to his right to help Johnson when necessary.
Besler: Conceded the penalty that allowed Moses to score from 12 yards.
Beasley: Solid until being replaced by understudy Chandler.
Beckerman: Improved in the second half and put in a decent performance as part of a three-man central midfield.
Jones: Caused havoc to Nigeria’s possession game without committing a single foul.
Bradley: Scampered upfield and chipped a lovely pass to Altidore to set up the second goal.
Bedoya: Wasted several good opportunities on the counter attack.
Dempsey: Robbed by Enyeama midway through the second half.
Altidore: Cut inside his marker and beat Enyeama for his brace.
Zusi: Found himself leading a three-on-one but couldn’t properly pick out a teammate.
Chandler: The right-footed left-back came on for a late cameo.
Diskerud: Took two shots in a bright 18 minutes.
Gonzalez: Was introduced in place of Altidore to help button down the hatches.
Wondolowski: Won’t play much of a part in Brazil.
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