USA vs. Ecuador: Rating the USA Players in Tonight's Matchup

Lindsay EanetCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 08: Coach Jurgen Klinsmann of the USA smiles during a game against Honduras at Sun Life Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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It was a tough loss for "Klinsmann's Kids" at Red Bull Arena tonight as a defensive error with less than 20 minutes left in the match gave Jaime Ayoví a goal and Ecuador the eventual 1-0 win. Still, the United States Men's National Team gave a number of strong performances which indicate good things to come in future matchups, along with some not-so-strong ones. 

Here are the ratings and reviews of tonight's US Men's National Team lineup. As always, if you've got something to say about yesterday's' performances, have at it in the comments section. 

Goalkeeper and Defenders

Tim Howard: Overall, another solid performance from the Everton keeper. He did allow a goal from Jaime Ayoví, but that was the fault of a serious error from the defenders, not from Howard himself. 7.0

Steve Cherundolo: Cherundolo was probably the weakest link of the USMNT defense in the first half. He worked diligently to keep up with the Ecuador attack and cover the likes of a formidable Jefferson Montero, but he ultimately struggled with pace and gave the ball away a number of times. A rather underwhelming effort from the normally solid veteran, although in his defense, he had to work a lot on his own. 5.0

Oguchi Onyewu: What can be said about Gooch's performance tonight that hasn't already been said? After speculation that the defender was over the hill, he has come back in a massive way in these past two matches and particularly yesterday, in his first start for the USMNT under Jürgen Klinsmann. A strong, decisive player on the pitch, Onyewu proved he may still be World Cup material after all. 8.0

Carlos Bocanegra: Not much to report from Captain Carlos. An overall solid performance, neither outstanding nor particularly bad, but he did end the night with the USMNT's only booking. 6.0

Timothy Chandler: Another defensive bright spot came in the form of Timmy Chandler, who was all over the pitch tonight, keeping control of the ball with skill and speed. Especially considering he was working outside of his natural position, he did very well. 7.5


Kyle Beckerman: His dreads were a bigger presence than he was on the pitch tonight. He played a decent first half, subduing the Ecuador attack and putting in a solid effort. In the second half, he lacked cohesion with Michael Bradley (perhaps a logistical problem of playing them at the same time than a performance issue) and saw a rather significant drop in form. 5.0

Danny Williams: Another solid performance from the recent debutante. His touch and ball control were great and he made some strong attempts. He began to lose steam a little bit at the beginning of the second half, hence Klinsmann taking him off, but still, we have a lot to look forward to from the Bundesliga up-and-comer. 7.0

Maurice Edu: Edu made some nice touches, at least one strong goal attempt and put in a decent effort in the first half, but there were also a number of whiffs and other instances where he just overstepped the mark. 5.5

Brek Shea: One of the best performers tonight, hands down. Shea was strong, fast and connected well with his teammates. He announced his arrival against Honduras, reinforced it tonight and showed plenty of potential for matches to come. 7.5 


Jozy Altidore: Altidore still has yet to score under Klinsmann, but it's certainly not for lack of trying. He got a little aggressive, but if we're talking sheer effort, he was extremely persistent on the pitch and has put more effort into these last two appearances than he has in a while for the USMNT. His day will come soon. 6.5 

Clint Dempsey: He couldn't quite come up with a goal to match his game-winner against Honduras, but Clint Dempsey still put in a valiant effort. He made a number of powerful goal attempts, connected and communicated relatively well with his teammates and never quit. He is still one of the strongest regulars on the USMNT. 7.5  


Juan Agudelo: Still a newcomer to the USMNT, Juan Agudelo looked a bit tentative tonight, but started getting involved with the attack toward the end. If he can continue to get more playing time and develop, he will start delivering on his potential soon. 6.0

DaMarcus Beasley: A pleasant surprise tonight, all things considered. Beasley has been relatively underwhelming on the USMNT for a while now, having not scored a goal for the national team since 2008. Although he still wasn't in top form and lacked pace, tonight he seemed unusually on (compared to previous performances), especially toward the end of the match He made an energetic effort and had a few good goal attempts. Hopefully this is an indicator of more improvements to come. 5.5 

Jonathan Spector: Not the best half-time replacement. Spector made some careless errors, gave the ball away, appeared to panic under pressure and failed to connect with his teammates. Overall, not his best night. 4.0 

Michael Bradley: Not an optimal pairing with Kyle Beckerman. He overshot a lot of his kicks, but he came close to a goal on one of them and overall was relatively decent. 5.5

Edson Buddle: He started to show some energy and made a few attempts toward the end, but it was too little too late for the veteran forward. 5.0

Tim Ream: Klinsmann has put a lot of stake in Tim Ream, and tonight, it was his error that cost the USMNT the win when Jaime Ayoví got right past him to score.   4.0


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