USA player ratings vs Germany - MLS defender shines

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The USA lost 1-0 to Germany in Recife but booked their place in the round of 16 regardless because of their superior goal difference. Here are the ratings:

Tim Howard - 7 - The Everton goalkeeper was there when called upon, and couldn't do anything about the goal as Thomas Muller planted an excellent shot into the corner.

Fabian Johnson - 7 - Not as effective as in previous games but was comfortable defensively and put in so much energy as always.

Omar Gonzalez - 8 - Gonzalez was excellent in his first World Cup start and defended brilliantly against a strong German side. The LA Galaxy centre-back deserves to keep his place in the starting lineup for their next game.

Matt Besler - 7 - Another solid display from Besler who is proving himself to be a reliable defender at the heart of the USA defence.

DaMarcus Beasley - 6 - Looked relatively good but couldn't offer enough going forward and was unable to stretch the German defence.

Kyle Beckerman - 6 - As tough as ever in the middle of the park but couldn't win the battle against Bastian Schweinsteiger and was overrun as a result.

Jermaine Jones - 7 - Put in another highly energetic display but wasn't able to make the difference when it mattered in the final third.

Graham Zusi - 6 - Couldn't offer the killer pass when his side needed it but put a shift in for his side as always.

Michael Bradley - 7 - Better performance from the Toronto FC man but his first touch has been poor throughout the tournament and ruins some great positional play.

Brad Davis - 6 - Largely ineffective but covered plenty of ground.

Clint Dempsey - 6 - Didn't see much of the ball and was unable to score in his third consecutive game of the World Cup despite a good late chance.

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Alejandro Bedoya - 6 - Couldn't inject pace into the game when sent on and was lucky not to be booked for a swipe at Schweinsteiger within seconds of coming on.

DeAndre Yedlin - 6 - Sent on to add some speed down the right but wasn't on the pitch for long enough to make an impact.

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