By IVES GALARCEP
The Colombian National Team proved to be every bit as good as advertised on Friday, and the U.S. Men’s National Team learned some harsh lessons in the 2-1 loss.
Here are SBI’s player grades for the USMNT’s performance (grades after the jump):
USA 1, Colombia 2: SBI Player Grades
BRAD GUZAN (6). Made some good saves, positioned well regularly, couldn’t do much on either goal.
FABIAN JOHNSON (3). Caught napping on the first Colombia goal, then lost his mark on the eventual game winner for Colombia. Both mistakes came with him at right back in the second half, after an invisible first half on the left wing.
JERMAINE JONES (6.5). His leadership and quality is clear to see, and he made so many plays to cover up mistakes by teammates. Suggestions he was at fault on the Colombia winner are misguided as he was the victim of some bad luck after initially making a very good play to block the initial cross attempt.
JOHN BROOKS (6.5). Did much better than most would have expected considering how his season in Germany has gone. He played with real confidence and worked well with Jones.
GREG GARZA (7). Another outstanding showing for Garza, who had excellent positioning and never got beaten by Juan Cuadrado, or any of Colombia’s attackers.
KYLE BECKERMAN (6.5). The only American midfielder who showed poise on the ball, Beckerman provided good support for the defense and moved the ball around well.
MIX DISKERUD (4). His worst match of the year in a national team uniform. Diskerud just couldn’t keep up with the pace of the game, and provided no threat on the attacking side.
DEANDRE YEDLIN (5.5). Did well defensively when deployed at right back, and showed confidence on the ball at times. Too much confidence on some occasions, which cost him possession. His touch also failed him at times, but overall he showed promise at two positions.
ALEJANDRO BEDOYA (6). Did his best to try and keep up with the frenetic pace set by Colombia, and he could have had an assist if Rubio Rubin had converted Bedoya’s excellent cross in.
JOZY ALTIDORE (6.5). Was a handful for the Colombia defense, though he once again found himself starved for service. Combined well with Rubin and looked happy to be in a two-forward system rather than struggling as a lone striker.
RUBIO RUBIN (6). Arguably the most confident-looking debut by an American teenager since Landon Donovan. Rubin showed good touch on the ball, made smart runs and showed a willingness to mix it up physically. Played beyond his 18 years.
ALFREDO MORALES (5.5). Showed promise in his limited minutes, including an excellent pass to spring Bobby Wood for his scoring chance.
BOBBY WOOD (5.5). Another case of Wood being active, and putting himself in good spots, but not coming through with the final product.
LEE NGUYEN (6). Looked comfortable and creative, and showed enough to deserve another national team look.
DAMARCUS BEASLEY (NR). Was involved in the build-up on Wood’s golden chance,
JULIAN GREEN (NR). Catching flack for his role on the winner, but he was racing back to cover for Fabian Johnson’s lost mark. That said, Green didn’t show much in his cameo.