Player Ratings: United States underwhelm in 4-1 loss to Ireland
DUBLIN -- A mostly successful 2014 ended on a sour note Tuesday for the U.S. national team as it dropped a 4-1 decision to Ireland. Mix Diskerud's goal just before halftime canceled out the hosts' early opener, but the visitors conceded three times after the break.
Here's how each of the American players fared.
Player Ratings (1-10, with 10 the best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
(G) Bill Hamid, 5 -- Powerless to stop Anthony Pilkington's deft chip that gave Ireland an early lead but kept the U.S. in the match with a brilliant stop on Daryl Murphy midway through the first half. Not at fault on any of the other goals.
(D) Fabian Johnson, 4.5 -- Sharper than he was in last week's loss to Colombia and did hit the outside of Irish keeper Shay Given's post with a low drive in the 22nd minute. But his decision to play the ball out of a double-team -- even if that's what U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see -- led to the hosts second goal.
(D) Geoff Cameron, 3 -- Could have done better on Ireland's opener and on the aforementioned Murphy strike that Hamid stopped. Unlucky to have James McClean's shot deflect off him for Ireland's third goal, but their fourth came off a free kick after Cameron fouled in a dangerous spot.
(D) Matt Besler, 3 -- His end-of-year struggles continued. He was slow to react on Ireland's opener, giving David McGoldrick and then scorer Pilkington far too much space. He was also beaten on Ireland's third.
(D) Timmy Chandler, 4 -- Barely tested in the first half, he had trouble dealing with Irish winger Stephen Quinn (and substitute Aiden McGeady later on) on several occasions in the second.
(M) Kyle Beckerman, 4.5 -- Combative as usual but his touch let him down at times; it was Beckerman's giveaway that led to the break that spotted Ireland the lead.
(M) Alejandro Bedoya, 7 -- The best American Tuesday night. Lively on the right, Bedoya won the majority of his battles with Ireland's Robbie Brady, and he made several dangerous passes inside the final third, including one that Jozy Altidore redirected onto the crossbar with the match tied 1-1.
(M) Alfredo Morales, 5 -- Ran hot and cold in his first start with the national team, but his alertness after an Ireland miscue started the play that led to the Americans' first-half equalizer.
(M) Mix Diskerud, 5.5 -- Displayed lots of energy but was mostly ineffective other than stabbing home the U.S. goal six minutes before the break.
(F) Chris Wondolowski, 4.5 -- Struggled mightily until his clever knockdown header that set up Diskerud's strike, but was still pulled at halftime in favor of youngster Bobby Wood.
(F) Jozy Altidore, 6 -- Active and involved throughout. In addition to rattling the crossbar, he forced Given into a good second-half stop. And it was his cross off a broken play that eventually led to the Americans' lone tally.
(F) Bobby Wood, 6 -- Again added energy off the bench, and might have scored a pretty goal if not for an excellent save from Given.
(D) Greg Garza, 6 -- Came on for Morales with about 30 minutes left to play and looked like one of the best U.S. players yet again.
(F) Jordan Morris, 6 -- The Stanford forward didn't look out of place in his international debut. Made a slick late pass to Garza, whose shot was well-saved moments before Ireland's third.
(F) Rubio Rubin, 4 -- Deployed as a playmaker after Klinsmannn switched to a 4-3-3, Rubin struggled to make an impact in 15 minutes of action
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @DougMacESPN.