Player Ratings: United States 1, Haiti 0

It was another unconvincing performance by the US, but they still advanced to the knockout round topping their group with a win over Haiti. Haiti’s pace on the counter caused problems non-stop for the US but Haiti couldn’t finish and the US were able to finish their chance when Gyasi Zardes setup Clint Dempsey with a nice cut back right after half-time. The Us had some other close chances, ut also conceded a number of chances with one in particular breakaway being saved by Brad Guzan. The US has a free game against Panama, so it will be interesting to see how Klinsmann plays around with the lineup after using a completely new lineup in this game.

Here are my player ratings.

Brad Guzan–7
He was clean with all of his handling and had a big stop on a breakaway to keep the game at 1-0.

Brad Evans–5.5
He didn’t add much to attack although had a couple moments, but he defended well. He doesn’t have the ceiling of other players, but he is steady.

Omar Gonzalez–6
He seemed comfortable defending and he was one of the more certain in his ability to clear the ball.

Tim Ream–5
His clearances in the first half were terrible giving away breakaways far too easily. He improved in the second half, but didn’t likely help himself much in the centerback pecking order.

Greg Garza–4.5
He was combative, but was routinely caught out of position giving up near misses to Haiti. He struggled all game before being replaced. He does deserve credit for lofting the ball to Zardes to setup the goal.

Mix Diskerud–5.5
He was hard to rate since he was awful in the first half, but very good in the second half. He was caught on the ball frequently leading to dangerous attacks while in the second half he was great at keeping the ball moving.

Michael Bradley–6
He was in a more defensive position in the second half but pushed up in the second half. He made his usual connections, but didn’t necessarily create the usual chances he does.

Graham Zusi–6
He floated in and out of the game, but did most of his damage outwide. He was functional defensively when tucking inside, but it seemed to hurt his attacking prowess.

Clint Dempsey–6
His finish was nice, but like the rest of the team, his connection and passing among the attack could have been better. He and Johannsson showed flashes of a good partnership.

Aron Johannsson–5.5
His movement was smart and he tested the Haitian backline repeatedly. Unfortunately, his final ball usually didn’t quite come off. His best chance was an audacious overhead kick where he failed to connect.

Jozy Altidore–5
He was taken off at halftime after an unimpressive half. He movement was okay, but just his passing was off and he ended a couple chances with poor first touches.

Substitutes:
Gyasi Zardes–6
His pace made an immediate impact and he showed good composure cutting the ball back to Dempsey. He defended well on the wing as well. Definitely improved his chances for starting later on in this tournament.

Fabian Johnson–6
He replaced the struggling Garza and immediately the defending on that side improved including one moment where he walled off a man at the far post on a cross, something Garza had failed to do earlier.

Kyle Beckerman–5.5
He didn’t play for long so I was tempted to give him an NR, but once he entered, the team seemed so much more composed in possession and he helped break up the Haitian attacks.

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