USA player ratings vs Ghana - Former Blackburn man impresses

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USA got their World Cup campaign off to a flying start as they beat Ghana 2-1 thanks to a late John Brooks header. Here are the player ratings...

Tim Howard 8 - The Everton goalkeeper commanded his area excellently and kept his defence organised throughout. Will be disappointed to not have held on to his clean-sheet.

Fabian Johnson 8 - Worked incredibly hard for his team and was up and down the right side all night. His persistence lead to the corner from which they scored the winner.

Geoff Cameron 7 - Was commanding at centre-back for much of the game and impressed in a position which is not his strongest. Could have done better in build up to Ghana's goal.

Matt Besler 7 - Calm and collected at the back and kept Ghana's attackers at bay until he was taken off at halftime with a minor injury concern.

DaMarcus Beasley 6 - Struggled to deal with Christian Atsu and was the weak link in a solid USA defence. Performed well going forward and provided enough energy throughout.

Kyle Beckerman 9 - The MLS veteran was brilliant all night and his work rate and defensive positioning were exceptional. A remarkable performance that only proves that the quality of Major League Soccer is on the rise.

Jermaine Jones 9 - The former Blackburn midfielder put in an excellent display alongside Beckerman, and he dominated the midfield with his dribbling, passing and tackling. Also grabbed the assist for the opening goal.

Alejandro Bedoya 7 - Worked hard but made the wrong decision in the final third when the USA were on the counter attack on a couple of occasions.

Michael Bradley 7 - Not at his best but lead the team on several breaks from midfield. Passing was below his usually excellent standard.

Clint Dempsey 7 - Brilliant goal to send his side on their way to victory inside a minute but got tired very quickly and was not enough of a threat in the second-half.

Jozy Altidore 6 - Was looking lively until his devastating injury blow that looks set to rule him out of the tournament with a pulled hamstring.


Aron Johannsson 5 - The USA's worst performer. Came on for Altidore midway through the first-half but couldn't keep possession and hasn't got the pace to trouble teams on the counter attack.

John Brooks 8 - A dream substitute appearance for the 21-year-old who got the winner, much to his disbelief, and defended excellently for the entire second-half.

Graham Zusi 7 - Provided the corner which led to the winner and always looks comfortable in possession.

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