Player Ratings: USA 2-4 Czech Republic

Outmaneuvered by a superior and slicker midfield, the United States warmed up for the World Cup with a loss to the Czech Republic.
United States

Brad Guzan 5
Four goals against never looks good on the goalkeeper. Should have done better with a couple chances and looked a tad shaky on crosses.

Steve Cherundolo 6
Steady and reliable as ever.

Clarence Goodson 7
His presence on set pieces was crucial to both U.S. goals and he looked by far the most competent defender on the pitch for the Americans. However, he badly misjudged the ball for the Czech's third.

Oguchi Onyewu 4
The rust from his half a year out of action showed heavily. Sluggish along the ground, Onyewu approached aerial battles gingerly. Really should have won the header with Sivok for the Czech's first goal; a fully fit Onyewu wins that every time.

Jonathan Bornstein 5
Misplayed a series of crosses, as he is wont to do, but never got badly burned on defense.

Stuart Holden 6
Both down the right and in the middle, Holden had his head up and played a key role in the U.S. attack.

Maurice Edu 6
Had he stayed in midfield, the rating would have been higher. He looked sharp in the middle of the pitch, with crisp passing and shrew positioning. However, his stint in the center of defense was far less assured, and he was directly responsible for the fourth goal.

Jose Torres 5
Sprayed the ball around gorgeously at times, but ceded possession in the midfield to the extra numbers of the Czech. Made way at half for Kljestan.

DaMarcus Beasley 5
A surprisingly bright display from the Rangers winger who missed much of the season with injuries. He looked limber and quick on the ball.

Eddie Johnson 4
Nothing quite came off for the FC Aris striker.

Edson Buddle 5
Battled and bruised up top, but likely saw his World Cup hopes evaporate after an ineffective evening. An early bloodied lip may have thrown him off top form.

Substitutes

Herculez Gomez 7
Of all the forwards, this one clearly wants to be in South Africa the most. He scored his goal and provided an attacking threat whenever he got near the ball.

Brian Ching 6
Linked up exceptionally well with Gomez, including a clever flick through the legs of a defender for a chance Gomez should have buried. His facilitation play and positive contribution was as steady as ever.

Robbie Rogers 6
Looked eager and zippy when he came on at half, with speedy runs down the flank and dangerous corner deliveries. Did his slim chances of making the World Cup no harm at all.

Sacha Kljestan 4
Coughed up the ball in injury time to allow Necid to finish off the match. Before that he'd acted as a smooth conduit deep in midfield.

Heath Pearce 3
Lost his man for one Czech goal and dove in recklessly early for a second. What's there to say? This wasn't a positive outing for the FC Dallas fullback.

Alejandro Bedoya N/A


Czech Republic

Petr Cech 6
Despite giving up two goals, the Chelsea man kept composed and made the United States work on each shot. Each except for the first, of course, a corner which Cech badly flubbed to let Edu score.

Ondrej Kusnir 7
A lot of the ball went to the rightback in the first half and he distributed it well.

Tomas Sivok 7
Scored a nice looping header and didn't let anything past in defense.

Jan Rajnoch 6
Will need to work with the rest of the team to tighten up on set piece defending.

Daniel Pudil 7
Spent an abnormally high amount of time in the attacking half, helping create a fluid Czech midfield by switching between fullback and midfield. Kept a tight shift.

Libor Sionko 6
Provided quality service down the right flank in the first half, though his influence waned in the second.

Tomas Hubschman 7
The deepest of the Czech midfielders, his athleticism and culture on the ball won the midfield battle.

Jan Polak 7
Clogged up the midfield nicely and capped off a fine game with a goal.

Jaroslav Plasil 8
Pulled the strings in attack, floating all over the pitch to cause the United States problems. A shrewd attacking mind and fluidity on the ball made him a crucial part of the Czech win.

David Lafata 7
Scored a goal that was called offside and responded instantly to the disappointment by assisting the go-ahead goal a few minutes later. Lively and tenacious.

Martin Fenin 7
Grabbed himself a the game-winning goal after a night of positive influence in the attack.

Substitutes

Tomas Necid 7
The youngster showed he knows where the goal is, punishing a defensive error ruthlessly by finishing near post late in the match.

Jan Moravek N/A

Jaroslav Cerny N/A

Mario Holek N/A

David Limbersky N/A


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