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The Scorecard

ASN Player Ratings: United States 4, Bosnia 3

As a unit, the United States will be thrilled with its 4-3 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo. But how did the individual players, and the coach, perform? Our ratings are below.

BY John Godfrey Posted
August 14, 2013
5:35 PM

STARTERS

Tim Howard: Giving up three goals rarely results in high ratings here at ASN, but Howard was not at fault on any of the shots that snuck past him, and he made a jaw-dropping one-handed save on Edin Visca in the 67th minute. That one-goal differential? Give Howard some credit for that. Rating: 7

Brad Evans: He doesn’t add anything to the attack, but he locks down his side of the field quite effectively. In 1-v-1 confrontations, Evans looked like he belonged. He bolstered his case for inclusion in World Cup qualifiers, and perhaps the big dance itself. (Jurgen Klinsmann’s comments to ASN about Timothy Chandler’s questionable run of form also help Evans’ case.) Rating: 6

John Brooks: Did he immediately catapult to the top of the depth chart at center back? No. Did the 20-year-old show that there is some serious potential in that six-foot-four frame of his? Big time. Brooks stood up to Dzeko early and often, and would have earned a higher score if he hadn’t fallen asleep on Bosnia’s garbage time goal that made it 4-3. Rating: 5.5

Geoff Cameron: Center back is Cameron’s third-best position, as he showed on Wednesday against Bosnia. The tall, speedy Stoke City player can move well at right back and he has the ball-control skills to play midfield too. But he was at fault on the second Bosnia goal and didn’t look particularly comfortable throughout the contest. Rating: 5

Fabian Johnson: He played well at left back, and he played extremely well at left wing after Klinsmann did some halftime juggling. Johnson’s speed and skill created Jozy Altidore’s second goal, and after today’s showing it will be hard to keep FJ out of the attack. But who in the world will play at left back? Are you ready, DaMarcus Beasley? Rating: 7

Alejandro Bedoya: Assertive and committed but lacking the touch and technique needed at the highest level—Bedoya is stepping up in 2013. With a few more solid performances like this one, he could fight for a reserve role on the U.S. “A” team. Rating: 5.5

Michael Bradley: His tenacity and vision is unmatched on the American squad. He gifted Altidore his hat trick and made smart, simple plays to go along with occasional bursts of brilliance (see Eddie Johnson’s freebie). His first half wasn’t great, but he made up for it after the intermission. Rating: 7.5

Jermaine Jones: Rough night at the office. Looked overmatched and gave away possession way too often. Troubling. Rating: 4

Mix Diskerud: One of the few bright spots for the U.S. in the first half, Diskerud came off at intermission. Too bad, really, since he deserved to be part of the fun after being so positive and determined during the decidedly un-fun first 45. Rating: 6

Eddie Johnson: Sometimes you score a goal on the road against a very strong team…and you still get a poor rating from ASN. This is one of those times. Johnson was tentative in the attack and is 100% at fault for Bosnia’s first goal. He just gave the ball away. It was unacceptable. He scored, yes, but Bradley and Altidore did all of the work on that one. Rating: 4

Jozy Altidore: A hat trick and an assist in a 4-3 road win over Bosnia. There’s not much more to say about his performance. Frighteningly good. Rating: 9.5

SUBSTITUTES

Edgar Castillo: Came on for Mix Diskerud at the half, playing left back and pushing Fabian Johnson to the wing. Castillo didn’t add much, but the tactical shift changed everything for the U.S. The slight fullback gets a bonus point or two for that. Rating: 5

Aron Johannsson: Looked immediately dangerous for the U.S. Fast, clever, greedy—in other words, a perfect strike partner for Altidore. He didn’t get on the scoresheet but he did make a great first impression. There’s more to come here, guaranteed. Rating: 7

Michael Parkhurst : It was quick run-out for the Augsburg right back, but he did show a few good moves and nearly broke in on the Bosnia defense. It seems that he is behind Evans on the depth chart, and will have to show something in the Bundesliga to get more time at right back—the most wide-open position on the U.S. roster. Rating: 6

Joe Corona : Lots happened during Corona’s time on the pitch, but he didn’t seem to be particularly involved in any of it. Rating: 5.5

Sacha Kljestan: No one was sorry to see Jermaine Jones leave the field in favor of Kljestan, but the man with Bosnia roots didn’t do much of note in his 20+ minutes of action. Rating: 5.5

Bobby Wood : Three minutes of action. No comment. Yet. Rating: Incomplete

THE COACH

Jurgen Klinsmann: You can’t blame Klinsmann for Eddie Johnson’s dreadful giveaway—the one that put the U.S. in a difficult spot early against a strong opponent. But you can give Klinsmann credit for the tactical and personnel changes he made at the half that turned everything around. The guy can do no wrong lately. Kudos to Klinsmann. Rating: 9

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