United States vs. Nigeria: Live Player Ratings for the USMNT

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 7, 2014

United States's Clint Dempsey (8) takes a shot on goal as he is defended by Nigeria's Efe Ambrose, center, as Joseph Yobo (2) looks on during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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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.

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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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