USA player ratings v Switzerland: Bedoya starts but Altidore foolish

USA 2013 Player Lineup

Valentin Stocker's 80th-minute strike cancelled out Brek Shea's stunning opener as Jurgen Klinsmann's side once again gave up a late goal.

Nick Rimando 6/10 – Had little to do before going off at the half for Yarbrough.

Timothy Chandler 6/10 – A significant improvement on his horror show against Denmark but still needs to cut out the defensive mistakes. His crossing was a particular highlight on this occasion, though.

Michael Orozco 6.5/10 – A solid, if unspectacular, 45-minute outing, much like his performance against Denmark. Did little wrong but whether it will be enough to help make him one of Klinsmann’s first-choice options remains to be seen.

John Anthony Brooks 8/10 – Continues to grow with the US setup, with his latest performance another clear indication of his potential. Rock solid at the back, with Switzerland’s attackers proving no match for him either in the air or in the challenge.

Brek Shea 7.5/10 – Netted the opener on the stroke of half-time with a superb free-kick and looked more than solid in defence in his new left-back role. The experiment seems to be working so far.

Danny Williams 7/10 – In his first US appearance since March 2014, the Reading man proved that he’s a definite contender for the holding role in Klinsmann’s midfield if fit. Assured in possession and managed to cut out a handful of Swiss attacks.

Alejandro Bedoya 8.5/10 – An excellent performance in a midfield role which allowed him more attacking freedom. Popped up in all the right channels and spread the ball around with some neat passing. A clear indication of how Klinsmann should be using him moving forward.

Alfredo Morales 6/10 – One of his better performances in a US shirt but messed up on a clearance which led to Stocker’s 80th-minute equaliser. Kept possession well otherwise but still might not have been enough to keep him in Klinsmann’s long-term plans.

Michael Bradley 5.5/10 – Pushed back into an advanced role for some reason and, as expected, failed to live up to his growing stature as the USA’s main man. It seems to be clear to all but Klinsmann at this point that he’s far more comfortable when deeper in the midfield.

Gyasi Zardes 5.5/10 – Given the start in his preferred role up top, the emerging striker couldn’t quite show Europe his best on the night. There were one or two bright moments, including a chance to double the lead in the 65th-minute, but he will know that he can do better.

Jozy Altidore 5/10 – Strong up top until a double booking for a poor challenge and then swearing at the referee saw him shown his marching orders with 20 minutes left. Switzerland might well have equalised regardless but that doesn’t excuse him for putting his side at a disadvantage.


William Yarbrough (Rimando 46) 6/10 – Bailed out his defence a couple of times and, other than the goal, held his own after the US went a man down. All in all, a decent debut.

Ventura Alvarado (Orozco 46) 6/10 – Had one questionable moment when he offered up a free header for Pajtim Kasami but was otherwise solid on his second appearance for the States.

DeAndre Yedlin (Bedoya 76) 5/10 – Did little other than mess up the clearance with Morales which led to the Switzerland goal.

Tim Ream (Morales 89) N/A – Would have liked to have seen him get more of a chance to prove his worth.

Jordan Morris (Zardes 89) N/A – See Ream.

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