May 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Brazil forward Hulk (20) dribbles the ball against USA midfielder Maurice Edu (7) in the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Well let's start with what we already knew; this team still has a questionable defense. Yes, the United States had three straight clean sheets before the Scotland friendly and only got scored on via own goal in that one, but the defense still wasn't filled with many new names from the defenses that were featured -- and often scored on -- under Bob Bradley.
Terrible defense and one or two too many turnovers in the midfield led to the loss by the USA against the Brazilians, allowing in four goals while scoring only one. Something that we can say is that the scoreline did flatter Brazil a bit thanks to some brilliant goalkeeping by Rafael in the last 20 minutes to stop several sure goals from the US.
Herculez Gomez was probably the most impressive team member on the night, scoring the lone goal and looking a threat to score a few more as the game went along.
Most importantly, they didn't give up, a trademark for the team under Bradley if they went down by more than a single goal. Even when down 2-0, they kept playing their game and didn't simply turtle and hope for a counter. A loss to learn from rather than a loss to be embarrassed from, which is what we've been hoping for.
Player ratings after the break:
0 - Awful, horrible, why is he even on the field!?
1-3 - Poor. Why is he starting?
4-6 - Decent. Played a reasonable game, but could have done much more.
7-9 - Great game! Did nearly everything right with few mistakes
10 - Perfect game.
Tim Howard - 6
Howard did what he needed to, and most of the goals were from plays he couldn't do much about. The defense ahead of him will need to take the credit for the 4-1 loss.
Steve Cherundolo - 5
Cherundolo could have done a bit better, being part of the defense that was carved up in the final third. His offensive influence wasn't felt much either, save for one chance he got on a set piece that he skied over the bar.
Carlos Bocanegra - 5
There really wasn't much to say about Boca's game, he seemed invisible for much of the time. Need more out of the Captain.
Oguchi Onyewu - 3.5
I've heard complaining about the penalty kick that Onyewu gave up, but I thought it was completely legitimate since his arm was out and not tight to his side as he leaped toward the ball. That PK given up was the start of a bad night for Gooch.
Fabian Johnson - 6
Johnson was very impressive going forward into the attack from his spot at left back, getting the assist on the lone goal by Gomez. His defending left a little something to be desired, but it's been a few good showings in a row for the guy that will hopefully be the answer in the future at LB.
Micheal Bradley - 7
Good stuff from Bradley again; it's amazing how much more control he seems to have over his game now that he's not being coached by his dad. Made good chances on the goal though he never scored and made some wonderful steals in the midfield as well.
Maurice Edu - 5.5
An unremarkable game from Maurice Edu, in that he didn't do anything particularly awesome but didn't make any blooper reel level errors either.
Jermaine Jones - 6.5
Jones seems to get better the more he starts for the US. His hard nosed presence in the midfield and pretty good passing game made Ian Darke call him 'possibly the Yaya Toure of the US'. I'd take one of those.
Jose Torres - 5.5
Torres was probably the least impressive forward out there, but still didn't have a howler.
Herculez Gomez - 8
A well made goal for Gomez and plenty more chances as the game went along made him my man of the match. I still think that the fact that he was left out of the team for so long is a travesty.
Landon Donovan - 7
Landy was his usual self. Great passing, great set pieces and was unlucky to get an assist or two thanks to some heroics by the Brazilian keeper.
Clint Dempsey - 7
Coming in early in the second half, Dempsey immediately gave the US more oomph going forward and helped lead them to their offensive burst -- though it ended goalless -- in the late stages. Should have done better on the chance he had inches in front of goal, though.
Micheal Parkhurst, Terrence Boyd, Kyle Beckerman and David Castillo all came in too late to make much of a difference, though Boyd did have a wonderful chance to make it 3-2 that was stopped brilliantly by Rafael.