In their final game of 2012, the US got a draw in Russia at 2-2. They started off quite poorly when Danny Williams took a free kick that when directly to a Russian player who turned in into a fast break that was finished off my Smolov in the 9th minute. The US still struggled with the ball in their own half, but eventually settled down. The second half was more even and the US found some chances before finally equalizing when Juan Agudelo knocked the ball back to Michael Bradley who volleyed it home. After that, the game was wide open, but the US was undone by a fast free kick that caught Clarence Goodson on the wrong side and he conceded a penalty that Shirokov finished. However, the US equalized again on a nearly a carbon copy as Terrence Boyd knocked a ball down to Mikkel Diskeruud who got a deflection that got the ball past the Russian goalkeeper.
Here are my player ratings.
He made a number of saves to keep the US in the game and could not have done anything on either of the two goals. He was the undoubted player of the game for the US.
When he got his opportunities, he put in some nice crosses, but his distribution out of the back was average. After his time away from the team, it was not hard to recognize why the US is so desperate to tie him to the US.
He made a number of timely interventions, but his communication with Goodson was not great as the Russians found it easy to get behind them.
He couldn’t do much on the first goal and was subbed early due to an injury.
He made some powerful runs into the attacking third, but again he made some distribution mistakes in the back that led to chances.
He was quiet in the first half, but when he was pushed out to the left, he was actually more effective providing a number of good crosses.
He improved significantly in the first half where his poor quick free kick setup Russia’s first goal. His passing was generally lackluster, but avoided the costly errors in the second half.
He was close to invisible in the first half, but he pushed forward more in the second half and scored an absolute beauty of a goal. He remains the focal point for the US midfield.
It was an average debut for Gatt. He showed flashes and an ability to get behind the defense, but none of his moves ever amounted into a dangerous chance.
His hold-up play and work rate were better, but he wasn’t able to truly influence the game. He had a couple of close half-chances, but never turned them into dangerous shots.
He made a number of smart runs, but was relatively quiet. He seemed more comfortable running the central channels than the wings.
He came on and struggled like most of the defenders. His distribution was not great and he was not great at tracking runs from midfield. He also was caught by surprise that led to the penalty kick for the second goal.
He set up the first goal and was able to find some space to head another cross wide. His movement showed promise.
He came on to provide some creativity, but he had some rushed crosses during his time.
He replaced a struggling Williams. He had some decent distribution, but was dispossessed in his own half which almost led to a breakaway for Russia.
He came on and won the header that setup the second goal, but did not have enough time to get many touches.
Even through Diskeruud scored a goal, it was pretty much his only touch in the entire game.