USMNT Player Ratings: Scotland (0), U.S. (0)

USMNT Player Ratings: Scotland (0), U.S. (0)
Posted on November 15, 2013 by Tim

The United States played to a lackluster draw with Scotland last night and now will take a bit of a breather ahead of next months World Cup draw.

The USMNT had blasted Scotland at their last meeting (5-1) on a sweltering Florida evening back in June but the Tartans where better prepared this time around in Glasgow. The teams played an up-and-down game that ended an uneventful a 0-0 draw.

Below are the player rankings for the match.

The Ratings (on a scale of 1, absolutely Canadian; to 10, world class)

U.S.

Goalkeeper

Big saves including key stop on Snodgrass free kick early in the second half. Extremely solid as usual. Grade: 8

Defenders

Brad Evans
He played of position but still turned in a solid match. Grade: 5

Omar Gonzalez
He's now one of the best central defenders we have but on occasions loses focus (and his men). In Brazil (if he gets a ticket) that type of lapse can lose a game. Grade: 5

Geoff Cameron
Slipped into the attack in the second half and made some things happen. Grade: 6

DaMarcus Beasley
Initially a stop-gap at left back, but now it will take a strong effort by the likes of Fabian Johnson or Edgar Castillo to supplant Beasley. Now No. 5 in career appearances, having passed Claudio Reyna. A threat going forward, but will his slight body hold up against strong opponents? Grade: 6

Eric Lichaj
Replaced Evans in 72nd minute. Grade: 6

Midfielders

Michael Bradley
They call him General Bradley in Italy and perhaps that nickname is more fitting when he plays for the U.S., where he truly is the field general. Grade: 7

Jermaine Jones
Klinsmann’s destroyer. Tactically impeccable. Grade: 6

Sacha Kljestan
Battling for a seat on the plane to Brazil. With Dempsey and Donovan absent, he stepped into the void in midfield, just behind Jozy Altidore, and showed good field sense and a bit of Euro polish. Still on the World Cup bubble. Grade: 7

Alejandro Bedoya
His normally good technique seemed to be absent as he failed to complete plays, either with errant passes or subpar crosses. But a strong Gold Cup and a regular spot with Nantes in France could put him on the World Cup roster.
Grade: 5

Eddie Johnson
Out wide and generally out to sea. Did not see much of the ball.
Grade: 4

Brek Shea Replaced Johnson in the 63rd minute. A bit of a dynamic spark wide left. Grade: 6

Aron Johannson
Replaced Jones in 63rd minute. His speed and skill up front inject another dimension off the bench. Came close on two golden opportunities. Grade: 7

Mix Diskerud
Replaced Kljestan in the 63rd minute. Grade: 6

Chris Wondolowski Replaced Bedoya in 81st minute. Grade: 6

Forwards

Jozy Altidore
One year ago, who would have thought Altidore would be thriving with the national team while his club team struggles? But after a move from AZ to bottom-feeding Sunderland, the American target man has seen things flip. Does Altidore look to have bulked up? The man is built to mix it up in the middle, but he still needs a playmate up top. Grade: 6

Terrence Boyd Replaced Altidore in the 90th minute. Grade: Incomplete

Coach

Jurgen Klinsmann
Can we start calling him the Tinkerman? Has looked at more than 60 players, moving them around like chess pieces. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Grade: 7

Substitutes/Did Not Play