Thursday, June 22, 2006

Player Ratings - USA vs. Ghana
By Imtiaz Mussa

Kasey Keller: There wasn’t much he could do about the two goals. The first one was Reyna’s fault and on a penalty, the pressure is on the player taking it. He didn’t make any stupid mistakes today or at any time during the World Cup.
Rating: 6
Final World Cup Rating: 7

Oguchi Onyewu: That foul was not his fault. It was yet another terrible decision by a referee in this World Cup. He had positioning and simply got penalized thanks to his reputation for being a physical player. After his rough debut against the Czech Republic, he stepped up and showed the world that he is the future of the US backline.
Rating: 7
Final World Cup Rating: 7

Jimmy Conrad: He took over from the suspended Eddie Pope and did a good job. He made some fine tackles and held his own.
Rating: 6
Final World Cup Rating: 7

Steve Cherundolo: He had another solid game coming up and attacking from the backline. His passes just didn’t seem to get there in the end but he showed plenty of energy and hustle getting up and down.
Rating: 6
Final World Cup Rating: 7

Carlos Bocanegra: Generally, it was a good job by Carlos but his failure to clear the ball led to the ‘foul’ that would cost the United States. Sometimes, it’s just one mistake that determines everything.
Rating: 5
Final World Cup Rating: 6

Eddie Lewis: Arena moved him to his more natural position in the midfield today and he looked much better. He made some nice crosses and worked hard until he was subbed off. The left back experiment is over.
Rating: 6
Final World Cup Rating: 6

Claudio Reyna: Today was a nightmare for the captain. He should know that you should never hold the ball when trying to clear. He got burned and it cost the United States. He would leave the game with a sprained knee and would have to watch the rest from the bench.
Rating: 3
Final World Cup Rating: 4

Landon Donovan: He disappeared again. His kicks on set pieces were awful and didn’t make any good runs. He doesn’t have the mentality of a star player.
Rating: 3
Final World Cup Rating: 3

Clint Dempsey: He’s the only one in this World Cup who has scored a goal for the United States. He was the only midfield player who actually showed up to play.
Rating: 7
Final World Cup Rating: 7

DaMarcus Beasley: He set up the Dempsey goal with a nice run down the wing. We saw a few nice runs from Beasley but then there were times when he disappeared and was complacent. It was a truly inconsistent World Cup for DaMarcus.
Rating: 5
Final World Cup Rating: 5

Brian McBride: He got his head on a few balls today but the closest he could do was clang one off the post. He worked hard dropping back hoping to win a few balls but it didn’t work out.
Rating: 6
Final World Cup Rating: 6

Ben Olsen: The holding midfielder did not have much to do when he came on. When he had a chance to take a big shot on goal, he whiffed.
Rating: 5

Eddie Johnson: He got in there and tried to make things happen but Ghana closed him out. He really should have been starting this match.
Rating: 5
Final World Cup Rating: 6

Bobby Convey: He came on for Eddie Lewis and worked just as hard to make things happen but his crosses just didn’t find the right head. After a nightmare against the Czechs, Convey got better and can take some positives.
Rating: 6
Final World Cup Rating: 6

Players Who Didn’t Play Today
Eddie Pope: His second yellow card was a bit of bad luck but he was off for this entire World Cup.
Final World Cup Rating: 4

Pablo Mastroeni: The red card was undeserving but he showed how a true defensive midfielder should play.
Final World Cup Rating: 6

John O’Brien: He was never fit and it was a monumental mistake by Arena to bring him.
Final World Cup Rating: 4

Josh Wolff: Thanks to Arena’s conservative nature, he didn’t see much action either.
Final World Cup Rating: 5

2 Comments:

Blogger Ben Valentine said...

Got to disagree with Beasley a little. He was poor against the Czechs, but was solid against the Italians and created their best scoring opportunity in that game. He played a good first half today and set up their only goal. If Onyewu who played a miserable game against the Czachs and commited a key foul today gets a 7, how come Beasley doesn't?

Considering the ratings that were handed out for the rest of the midfield, Beasley creating anything should be credited. He wasn't great but he was one of the better players for the US this World Cup.

Of course, that's not saying much.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Imtiaz Mussa said...

I'm not going to count that 'call' against Onyewu. He had the position on that play and the foul just represents another poor call by a referee in this World Cup. He did show me rapid improvement and will be a rock on the US backline for years.

11:57 PM  

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