Brad Guzan stands tall, falls short in U.S. Gold Cup loss to Panama
In a game they never wanted to play, the United States lost to Panama on penalties at PPL Park in Philadelphia. It was a fitting end to a bad tournament for Jurgen Klinsmann's team -- a flat, disinterested performance to cap off a run of flat, disinterested performances.
Klinsmann has work to do. No one on the field Saturday afternoon, perhaps bar goalkeeper Brad Guzan, can be said to have played at even a mediocre level, and these player ratings certainly reflect that reality.
Player Ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Brad Guzan, 7 -- Made nine saves over the course of 120 minutes as the U.S. net was barraged by Panamanian shots, then stopped a penalty in the loss. Perhaps the only American to acquit himself well.
DF Timothy Chandler, 4 -- Listless and slow to react, which was part of a recurring theme for the entire American back line. Showed some fight that was missing from his play all tournament.
DF Omar Gonzalez, 4.5 -- Poor overall. Beaten to the ball numerous occasions and lost more aerial duels than expected against Panamanian attackers.
DF John Brooks, 3 -- Skinned by Roberto Nurse for Panama's goal. Hesitant, slow and weak in the air. Seemingly unable to keep track of marks.
DF Tim Ream, 5 -- Gets credit for his save off the line and general willingness to defend. Stood out from the rest of the defensive group mostly for that reason, which isn't saying much.
MF Graham Zusi, 5.5 - Played well early on the right side, then faded after halftime. Was sacrificed for Yedlin's superior speed with the U.S. down a goal in the second half.
MF Joe Corona, 4.5 -- Didn't adjust well to the speed of the game in the first half but improved as the match moved along. Limited influence on the ball.
MF Michael Bradley, 4.5 -- Lacked sharpness, not to mention his usual energy. Struggled to facilitate the American transition from midfield and turned the ball over too often.
MF Fabian Johnson, 5 -- Neutralized by the superior Panamanian energy, though still provided some of the USMNT's better moments going forward.
FW Aron Johannsson, 5 -- Slightly more dangerous than his strike partner, but that's not saying much. Drifted deeper to pick up the ball and try to support the overrun American midfield.
FW Chris Wondolowski, 4.5 -- Starved of service, but when he did get the opportunity to create chances, didn't do much with them. Suffered from the Americans' poor midfield play.
MF DeAndre Yedlin, 6 -- Made the run and the pass that led to the U.S. equalizer in regulation, and had the legs to help defend into extra time when the Americans were hanging on.
FW Clint Dempsey, 6 -- Again the savior after the Americans went down a goal. Took his one legitimate chance well after a difficult setup from Yedlin.
DF DaMarcus Beasley, 5 -- Played all 30 minutes of extra time in what could be his final USMNT performance. Solid defensively over the course of his time on the field. Sadly, his final moment was a saved penalty.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.