Carlos Bocanegra – 6 – The United States captain put in a competent performance but was mostly quiet for the duration of the game. Aaron Lennon definitely presented him with some problems at times but never to any real consequence. Probably got off quite lucky for that.
Oguchi Onyewu – 6 – Something of a wild card in the US defense due to his lack of recent match experience at his club, AC Milan, he did manage a pretty decent performance after a shaky first half where the England forwards got past him a time too many. The second half did see him make a number of vital challenges and clearances helping to ensure the USA’s single point.
Jay DeMerit – 6 – Pretty similar performance to Onyewu in the fact that he had a better second half than the first. The lack of communication between the two US center backs is definitely something that will need to be sorted out as the tournament progresses.
Steve Cherundolo – 9 – Absolutely tied with Howard for the US man of the match, the right back who has played in the Bundesliga at Hannover 96 for the last 11 years showed that experience through every step of this match and was quality through and through. He presented James Milner with endless problems down the wing causing the England man to commit several fouls, 1 of which he was booked for. Even when the much faster Sean Wright-Philips was introduced he was still unshaken.
Ricardo Clark and Michael Bradley – 6 – Nothing brilliant from either of the US central midfielders, but they moved the ball forward and maintained possession relatively well.
Clint Dempsey – 7 – The Fulham and often US talisman went through some extended spells of not doing a whole lot in this game, but did have some fantastic runs of play here and there. The greatest of which of course was “the goal that shouldn’t have been” near the end of the first half. Well taken strike none the less, and he did provide some good balls for the forwards.
Landon Donovan – 8 – The LA Galaxy and (briefly) Everton man was the very best of the US’s forward players, and orchestrated all of the best work in midfield on the day. Providing great through balls, crosses, and a few good shots on goal, he looked like he could have changed the game at any time.
Jozy Altidore – 6 – Not a whole lot from the Hully City striker which, for that matter, has been the theme of his Hull City career as well. He somehow failed to connect with an excellent ball from Donovan in the first half and suffered from far too many “almost good” plays. To his credit he did make a stellar brake from Liverpool old boy (old man, let’s face it) Jamie Carragher and nearly scored if not for a great stop from Robert Green. He just has to start converting a lot more of those “almosts”.
Robbie Findley – 5 – A very small amount of lively play, but you didn’t really hear his name much besides the handful of times he was fouled. Why this guy started in lieu of Buddle or Gomez is beyond me.
Robert Green – 4 – Not really a whole lot I need to say about the West Ham keeper, but he did manage to make some good stops in this match. Unfortunately for him and England, that “wow, did that really just happen” mistake overshadows any other good he did.
Ashley Cole – 6 – A fairly lively and solid performance from the Chelsea man, though Landon Donovan did manage to cause him a handful of problems.
Ledley King – 7 – A very solid first half performance, but rather inexplicably replaced by Carragher at the half for what can only be assumed was due to his recent knee problems. Did a fine job of filling in for the injured Rio Ferdinand.
John Terry – 6 – Some good challenges and clearances from the dethroned England captain, but went relatively quite for a number of stretched for the match.
Glen Johnson – 7 – A good performance from Johnson definsively and going forward. Had 1 or 2 good shots on goal, provided a few good balls to the forwards, and managed to keep Altidore and Dempsey pretty quiet. A good outing for the Liverpool right back.
James Milner – 5 – Not a great performance for the 30 or so minutes the Aston Villa winger was given before he was taken off. Couldn’t do much against the fantastic Cherundolo besides foul him and looked otherwise pretty labored and lacking, presumptively due to his recent illness which I’m sure played a big factor in such an early substitution.
Steven Gerrard – 7 – Made that fantastic effort in the fourth minute, finding space behind the defense and coolly slipping the ball past an exposed Tim Howard. Though that was definitely his highlight of the match, the Anfield ace remained consistent throughout and gave the US midfield quite a bit to deal with defensively and going forward.
Frank Lampard – 6 – Average performance from Lampard sprinkled with some streaks of good play and a some good shots on goal. Couldn’t capitalize on his best free kick opportunity or quite convert a few good crosses that passed him in front of goal.
Aaron Lennon – 7 – The fast and wily winger made some fantastic runs down the right wing, providing some great service to the forwards and causing the US defence a lot of problems quite often during the match. He managed to find some great space several times behind the defence, but unfortunately nobody could capitalize on it.
Emile Heskey – 6 – As he is often accused, the Aston Villa striker didn’t come nearly close enough to scoring, placing a fantastic through ball from Aaron Lennon directly into the arms of Tim Howard during a 1 on 1 encounter with the US keeper. He did however find Gerrard in space in a wonderful 1-2 play that gave England their only goal.
Wayne Rooney – 6 – Ever so sadly for the England fans that have the most of their World Cup hopes and dreams on the usually stellar Manchester United striker, he just went missing for most of this game. He did manage to take some dangerous shots on goal, especially during the England charge of the last 20 minutes. Not enough to beat Tim Howard though, I do fully expect him to do everything in his power to redeem himself in the coming matches. Expect some fireworks people.
Edson Buddle (77th) – 6 – Came on for Robbie Findley late on in the second half, the “Cinderella story” of the US National team did manage to show some glimpses of why he’s there in the first place with some glimpses of great play of going forward. May well have earned him a start in the next match.
Stuart Holden (86th) – 5 – On for Jozy Altidore in the closing minutes, didn’t have a chance to make an impact.
Sean Wright-Philips (30th) – 7 – On for the ailing James Milner early in the game, he was definitely England’s impact player of the day, just a shame it wasn’t enough of an impact to make any significant changes. He did, however, have some truly threatening runs of play.
Jamie Carragher (HT) – 5 – Came on for Ledley King at the half and managed to get outrun a lot as well as get himself booked for a harsh tackle on Robbie Findley, so pretty much business as usual for the Liverpool mainstay.
Peter Crouch (79th) -5 – On for Heskey, nothing really to report about the Spurs striker.