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For most of the match, the U.S. back line played very well. Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron kept things organized and snuffed out Nigerian attacks when they had to. DaMarcus Beasley proved he could keep up with high-class attackers, and Johnson did his thing.
However, there were still a few worrying aspects. Beckerman gave the ball away cheaply on a number of occasions, leading to dangerous counters, and Omar Gonzalez simply looked out of his element when he entered the match late.
Johnson, who did a number of positive things, also gave the ball away on the counter over and over again. The problem with Johnson giving the ball away on the counter is that he did so while bombing forward—meaning no one was behind him to mind the shop.
Johnson also got beaten down the end line once and had a weak header that went right to a Nigerian player for a dangerous counter. All in all, it wasn’t his best showing.
Still, the U.S. had a solid game overall and managed to win all three of the send-off matches. Credit the players and Klinsmann for getting the job done. Now the World Cup, and Ghana, Portugal and Germany await in Group G.
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