USA vs. Portugal: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 22, 2014

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 16:  Clint Dempsey of the United States celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Ghana and the United States at Estadio das Dunas on June 16, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The United States and Portugal played in a thrilling 2-2 draw in Manaus with the Portuguese earning an equalizer on one of the final kicks of the game on a Silvestre Varela goal. 

The Americans struck with two goals in the second half by way of Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey after Portugal scored in the fifth minute off of a defensive error by Geoff Cameron. 

Check below for comprehensive analysis and player ratings for both sides. 

United States Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-Time RatingFull-Time Rating
Tim Howard77
Fabian Johnson77
Geoff Cameron66
Matt Besler67.5
DaMarcus Beasley6.56.5
Kyle Beckerman6.56.7
Jermaine Jones6.57
Alejandro Bedoya54
Michael Bradley6.76.5
Graham Zusi66
Clint Dempsey6.56.7
DeAndre YedlinN/A6.5
Chris WondolowskiN/A6
Omar GonzalezN/A6

Half-Time Analysis

Tim Howard: Was not able to hurry back to the right of goal to deny Nani, but he did look calm and collected when he saved a shot from Ronaldo late in the half; made a terrific double save right before the half.

Fabian Johnson: Showed some positive signs by surging forward in attack on the wing for most of the half. 

Geoff Cameron: Made a terrible clearance in the fifth minute that handed Nani the first goal of the match; was lucky he didn't receive a yellow after a rough tackle on Ronaldo right before the half. 

Matt Besler: Made three effective clearances and three interceptions, as the American defense steadied the ship as the half progressed. 

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DaMarcus Beasley: Was surprisingly efficient at left-back, and unlike many had thought, he has been able to keep up with the pace of the game so far. 

Kyle Beckerman: His physicality in the midfield helped break up a couple of Portugal attacks, and he also had been able to link up well with the attack-minded players. 

Jermaine Jones: Was able to work forward with Beckerman holding down the defensive midfield position. His shot in the 35th minute did little to challenge Beto. 

Alejandro Bedoya: Was very quiet for most of the 45 minutes; it would not come as a shock to see him lifted for a substitute sooner rather than later. 

Michael Bradley: Showed terrific patience in the 17th minute to find Dempsey, who then fired a shot on goal; he also fired a shot in the 24th minute, as his influence on the game was much better than it was against Ghana. 

Graham Zusi: The three corners taken by the Sporting Kansas City player did not result in any clear-cut chances. 

Clint Dempsey: His free-kick in the 13th minute flew just over the crossbar. That attempt on goal came after a few positive runs against the Portuguese center-backs.

Full-Time Analysis

Howard: Stepped up when called upon with five saves, including his massive double save right before the half-time whistle. 

Johnson: Was called upon to drop deeper on the pitch after the entrance of Yedlin into the match, and he stayed composed and played well in the waning moments of the match. 

Cameron: Recovered well from his blunder at the back in the fifth minute, as he remained composed throughout the match instead of letting the mistake get to him. 

Besler: Put in a terrific shift in the back four, as he denied the Portuguese counter of breaking loose and wreaking havoc on Howard in net. 

Beasley: Seemed to pick up a knock near the end of the game, but he held up fine in the American defiance of Portugal's attack.

Beckerman: Completed 90 percent of his passes and all five of his long balls, in a very efficient midfield showing. 

Jones: Struck a terrific shot in the 64th minute to equalize the match and hand his team plenty of momentum. 

Bedoya: Hit a botched cross in the 70th minute, which was a play that summed up his performance. 

Bradley: Improved by leaps and bounds over his showing against Ghana, as he provided a pulse for the Americans moving forward. 

Zusi: Hit a calm pass that hit the chest of Dempsey, who put home the second goal. 

Dempsey: Showed terrific control on his 81st-minute strike, which bounced off his chest and into the back of the net.


DeAndre Yedlin: His run down the right wing helped open up the Portugal defense in the build-up to the second goal. 

Chris Wondolowski: Was brought on to keep possession late in the match. 

Omar Gonzalez: Was entered into the match late as a third center-back, but he had no impact on the final result.

Portugal Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-Time RatingFull-Time Rating
Joao Pereira66.5
Bruno Alves6.56.7
Ricardo Costa6.56.7
Andre Almeida55
Miguel Veloso66.5
Raul Meireles6.77
Joao Moutinho66.5
Cristiano Ronaldo66.2
Helder Postiga55
William CarvalhoN/A6.5
Silvestre VarelaN/A7

Half-Time Analysis

Beto: Despite the plethora of American pressure, he has only made two saves. 

Joao Pereira: Has done well to quell a consistent threat from the American attack on his side of the pitch. 

Bruno Alves: Blocked one shot and made two effective clearances for a side that held well against the pressure for the final 30 minutes of the half. 

Ricardo Costa: His block on Dempsey's shot in the 27th minute saved Portugal from conceding at that point in the match. 

Andre Almeida: Has been burned on numerous occasions by the pace of Johnson on the right wing. 

Miguel Veloso: Completed 100 percent of his 33 passes, as he had to cover more space with Meireles drifting out wide. 

Raul Meireles: Is essentially playing as a left-back on defense due to the ineffectiveness of Almeida. 

Joao Moutinho: Was an influence in the Portuguese midfield in regard to the possession battle, and he also fired a shot to the left of goal in the 22nd minute. 

Nani: Was handed a golden opportunity in the fifth minute, as he capitalized on a mistake by Cameron to score. 

Cristiano Ronaldo: His impact on the match was not felt for most of the half. He seemed a bit frustrated after his 43rd-minute free-kick flew into the stands. 

Helder Postiga: Came off the pitch in the 15th minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Full-time Analysis

Beto: Was completely fooled on the goal scored by Jones. 

Pereira: Completed 90 percent of his 48 passes, and he made 60 touches, which was the fourth-most on his team. 

Alves: Made just three effective clearances at the back, and in his movement forward late in the game, he failed to make an impact. 

Costa: Made a crucial clearance off the line on Bradley's 55th-minute shot on goal. 

Almeida: Was removed at half-time because of his lackluster performance in the first half. 

Veloso: Was shifted over to left-back in the second half to makeup for Almeida's poor showing. 

Meireles: Turned in a strong shift for his team in the first half but it seemed like he lost some energy in the second half because of his movement on defense early on. 

Moutinho: Led the team with 94 touches and five key passes. 

Nani: Tried to earn a penalty in the 73rd minute with an egregious dive in the box after making a small amount of contact with Zusi; also had a shot in the 80th minute that flew over the goal. 

Ronaldo: Finally showed up late in the match with a terrific assist on the late strike by Varela. 

Postiga: Left the match with an injury early in the first half.


Eder: Did not have his name called much, as he failed to break through against Cameron and Besler.

William Carvalho: His impact on the match came early in the second half when he helped deny the central attacking force of the Americans. 

Silvestre Varela: Powered home the equalizer with seconds left in the match to save Portugal's bacon. 

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All statistics obtained from WhoScored.com.

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