US vs. Slovenia: Player Ratings for Jurgen Klinsmann and Co.
On a fog-drenched night that looked like it belonged more in a Sherlock Holmes novel than a soccer stadium, the United States won 3-2 over Slovenia in dramatic fashion.
It was the Americans' first win in Europe in three years, and there was a lot for fans back in the States to be encouraged with.
If the first half is any indication of where head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is taking this team, the US should be a force to be reckoned with in World Cup qualifying. There was an incredible amount of offense from what has been a lackluster team so far.
The second half, however, was filled with mistakes and sloppy play from inexperienced players like Brek Shea and Timothy Chandler. The United States needed to manage the game better in the final 25 minutes and shut down the Slovenians, but they did not.
So how did each player do in Slovenia on Tuesday night? Check out the ratings and let me know if you agree.
Tim Howard: 7.0
Slovenia scored two goals, but Howard can't be blamed for much of what happened.
The center of his back line was dismal, letting the Slovenians to put together attacks they shouldn't have been allowed to create.
Carlos Bocanegra: 6.5
Boca earned his 100th cap for the national team and played up to his bill as one of the most experienced players on the U.S. roster.
Had to pick up the slack of Goodson, Beckerman and Chandler when they were out of position.
Clarence Goodson: 5.0
Let's just say that Tim Howard won't be picking up the dinner bill for Goodson any time soon—was horrendous against France and didn't improve very much against Slovenia.
Had one good stop late in the game, but other than that nothing to write home about.
Timothy Chandler: 4.0
There were only a few disappointing parts of the game and Chandler was one of them. He was constantly off his mark, letting Slovenians stay onside during attacks.
A more experienced defender (like Oguchi Onyewu) wouldn't have done that. Chandler needs more experience before he's ready for next summer's games that matter.
Steve Cherundolo: 6.0
Like Carlos Bocanegra, Cherundolo needed more support from the center of the defense but didn't get it. Was overwhelmed on the left side of the pitch for most of the match.
Daniel Williams (sub): 5.0
Came on for Timothy Chandler and improved the center of the defense, but how hard was that to do?
Kyle Beckerman: 5.0
Didn't support the center of the defense very well and was out of position on several Slovenian possessions. Seemed a little lost for most of the game.
Michael Bradley: 8.0
Bradley played his best soccer of the Klinsmann era, feeding the ball on several attacks in tight windows.
His corner kick that set up Clint Dempsey's 41st minute goal was a thing a beauty, taking advantage of a Slovenian defense that was taking too long to mark up.
Fabian Johnson: 7.0
Had some very good assists on shots that went wide and a couple of shots on goal from the left side of the midfield before being taken out in the 62nd minute. Played the role of attacking midfielder in a very physical way.
Clint Dempsey: 9.0
Dempsey typified the attitude of all Yanks in the game. He was eager to move up and press the Slovenian defense and had five shots on the day, including a header in the 41st minute off of Bradley corner.
His footwork was masterful and he made players around him look and play better. Exactly what Klinsmann wanted out of the most experienced player on the roster.
Brek Shea (sub): 5.0
Was hot and cold in his half-hour of play. Looked out of position and short-legged some passes, but fired away when he had a shot.
Robbie Rogers (sub): Incomplete
Was on for about two minutes. Not much to go on.
Jermaine Jones (sub): Incomplete
Jozy Altidore: 8.5
One word to sum up Altidore's performance in this game? Attack.
He created a lot of chances and showed how well he's improved during his time in Europe. Collected a goal in the first half on a penalty kick and smartly drew fouls all game.
Performance dipped when Edson Buddle was taken off, but in games that matter, they'll be paired up the whole game.
Edson Buddle: 8.0
Klinsmann finally went with two forwards and was rewarded handsomely. His 25-yard strike in the opening minutes of the game was a welcome sight.
Had as great a start to his U.S. men's national campaign as Klinsmann hoped.
Maurice Edu (sub): 6.5
Came on in the 78th minute and there was very little to grade him on. Didn't do anything wrong, but didn't do anything in the few possessions the Americans had in the final 12 minutes.