USA player ratings v Portugal: Ex-Tottenham star scores

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A late equaliser saw the USA held to a 2-2 draw with Portugal, after ex-Tottenham Hotspur player Clint Dempsey had looked to have provided the match-winner.

Coming back from a goal down early, the USA were on the brink of an upset win over their European rivals Portugal, after a 64th-minute wonder-strike from Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey’s poached effort nine minutes from the end.

There was late heartbreak, however, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s perfectly-placed cross was headed in by substitute Silvestre Varela at the death to give both sides a share of the points.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s side will now have to wait for their final Group G game against Germany to assure their place in the last 16.

Tim Howard – 7

A typically solid performance from the Everton keeper, stepping up with five saves on the night, including a specular double effort just before half-time to keep the US in the game.

Fabian Johnson – 8

Exploited the huge amount of space provided to him on the right with several surging runs over the course of the 90 minutes, often looking like the USA’s most dangerous attacking threat.

Geoff Cameron – 6

The Stoke defender’s whiffed clearance led to Nani’s opener in the fifth minute but he recovered well and look composed for the rest of the match.

Matt Besler – 7

Looked more and more comfortable as the match went on, stopping Portuguese counter-attacks in their tracks and providing a calming presence for the back-four.

DaMarcus Beasley – 7

Was caught out of position a few times, but otherwise wasn’t troubled too much and offered a solid threat going forward all game.

Kyle Beckerman – 7

Fortunate to escape punishment early on for a sly elbow on Raul Meireles but did all the little things well and was quietly one of the side’s more impressive players.

Jermaine Jones – 8

The USA’s star performer. Did everything he was asked of in midfielder, both in defence and going forward, while his equaliser midway through the second-half provided the momentum for the side to push on and get a second.

Alejandro Bedoya – 5

It was a very muted display from the Nantes midfielder, who provided not one memorable moment for the 72 minutes he was on the pitch. Simply seems wasted in this deeper role.

Michael Bradley – 6

Much like the Ghana game, it was a very un-Bradley-like display. Looked gassed in the second-half, before his crucial giveaway eventually led to Portugal’s equaliser. What happened to the ever-reliable Captain America?

Graham Zusi – 7

Recovered from a pretty horrific first-half to look much more assured in the second, teeing up Dempsey for what appeared to be the match-winner. His energy as others around him tired late on was invaluable.

Clint Dempsey – 7

Very isolated as the 'false nine' in Jozy Altidore’s absence, but was in the right place at the right time to nudge in Zusi’s lofted ball across goal.

Substitutes:

DeAndre Yedlin – 6

Introduced for Bedoya to inject some pace into the side, his run down the right wing was crucial in opening the Portuguese defence up for Dempsey’s goal.

Chris Wondolowski – N/A

Brought on for Dempsey in the 87th minute. Should have probably been on from the start though.

Omar Gonzalez – N/A

Came on in stoppage time for Zusi.

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