U.S. miserable from back to front in 4-1 pummeling at hands of Brazil
Jurgen Klinsmann chose to use the U.S.'s match against Brazil on Tuesday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts, as another opportunity to experiment. The result was a disastrous 4-1 loss at the hands of a team that outclassed the Americans in every facet of the game.
Klinsmann's decision to play a number of his charges out of position was certainly a factor and has to be considered when looking at not just the overall performance, but the individual nights for many of the players on the field.
(Player ratings (1-10; 5=average, 10=best) Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Brad Guzan, 5 -- Gave up four goals, but none of them can be fairly marked against his ledger. Must take some responsibility for the poor defensive performance, but given the experimental nature of the group in front of him, criticism of Guzan would be harsh. Hung out to dry by his teammates multiple times.
DF Geoff Cameron, 3 -- Misplaced pass after pass as the U.S. attempted to create chances through the right side. Committed the foul that led to Brazil's second goal. Caught out of position in a bid to work into the attack on numerous occasions and did not have the speed to recover.
DF Michael Orozco, 3.5 -- A step slow all night. Directly culpable on Brazil's third goal, when he was caught upfield and then made a poor step in an attempt to slow down the counter.
DF Ventura Alvarado, 4 -- Again looked as though the stage was too big for him. Did make a solid step up to break up a Brazilian move, but was otherwise poor in conjunction with the rest of the back line. Nearly gave up a howler of a goal with a muffed touch in his own box late in the match.
DF Tim Ream, 4.5 -- Showed his good defensive instincts, but was ill-equipped to deal with the Brazilian speed. Consistently beaten one-on-one. When not pressed by speed, provided a few solid interventions. Almost no impact going forward.
MF Jermaine Jones, 4 -- Started reasonably well, but was part of a midfield group that allowed Brazil ample opportunity to fly forward without much resistance. Turned the ball over too often and ran out of gas in the second half after expending so much energy chasing the Brazilians. Looked disinterested by the time he was taken off.
MF Alejandro Bedoya, 3.5 -- Typically a winger at the international level, was placed in a difficult position when Klinsmann started him alongside Jones in central midfield. Overrun by a rampant Brazilian midfield, pulled for Danny Williams in the 36th minute. Credit him for working hard despite the tactical problem.
MF DeAndre Yedlin, 3.5 -- Not a good night for the speedy winger, who turned the ball over regularly. Several of his bad passes turned into Brazilian threats on the American goal. Directly responsible for at least one Brazilian tally. A liability defensively against these technical players.
MF Michael Bradley, 4 -- Given almost no chance to influence the game on the attacking end due to Brazil's dominance and the Americans' penchant for giveaways. Committed a few of his own. Of the few half-chances the U.S. did create, his late runs played a part.
MF Gyasi Zardes, 4 -- Not nearly as aggressive and dynamic as he was against Peru on Friday. Missing for large stretches, in part because the Americans focused heavily on playing through the right side. Like the rest of the team, struggled defensively with Brazil's movement and speed of play.
FW Jozy Altidore, 4.5 -- Provided a few bright moments in the early going, but was increasingly starved of service as Brazil raised their level of play. When he did get involved, made poor passes and was easily pushed off the ball by Brazilian defenders. May have checked out mentally as the game turned decidedly against the U.S.
MF Danny Williams, 5 -- Helped the Americans salvage a bit of pride with the only U.S. goal of the night. Forced into a difficult spot when Bedoya was pulled in the 36th minute. Despite being a better fit for the role, did not do much to help slow down the Brazilian attack.
FW Bobby Wood, 4 -- Worked hard, but did not impact the game in any noteworthy way after coming on at halftime for Zardes.
FW Jordan Morris, 5 -- Showed flashes of the speed, power and willingness to go after defenders that makes him a Klinsmann favorite. With the game already out of hand and ahead of Williams' goal, managed to make the Americans the most dangerous they'd been all night -- which isn't saying much.
MF Mix Diskerud, NR -- Played little role in the outcome in less than 20 minutes on the field.
DF Jonathan Spector, NR -- The only American defender who can say he wasn't part of conceding a goal on the night, which is something.
MF Aron Johannsson, NR -- Provided a nice touch or two in and around the Brazilian box in a cameo appearance.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.