Tim Howard (6) - He was solid as usual. There wasn't much he could do on any of the goals, though the rebound on Germany's third might've been caught. The back line didn't do him many favors, especially in the in the second half.
Brad Evans (7) - He certainly rewarded Klinsmann's faith in him, largely shutting down his defensive flank. Didn't provide much going forward, and that's OK, but I've got him a point or two lower than some because the more heroic tackles were a product of his being beaten for pace and positioning. That said, he's got to be first-choice behind Cherundolo at this point.
Matt Besler (6) - More closely resembled that solid defense we've grown accustomed to out of American back lines. He's still lacking in consistency and a shaky second half from Gonzo hardly helped. Right now, though, he's the team's best center back.
Omar Gonzalez (4.5) - His first half counterbalances some silly second-half mistakes. On Germany's third he was way out on the right flank. There comes a point when, as the anchor of a defense, one has to switch back to the middle. Needless to say, he didn't exactly silence the calls for George John.
DaMarcus Beasley (6) - Still a left midfielder playing left back and it shows. Simply put, he will get manhandled by average-sized internationals, much less Per Mertesacker. Beasley played the pesky kind of defense that makes him a great midfielder in that respect, but just a solid-at-best left back option. Solid he was though. Still hope this isn't the long-term solution for this cycle.
Jermaine Jone (9) - Pretty much did all you can ask of a deep-lying midfielder. Jones broke up attacks when needed, and it was, and he unlocked Germany's defense with booming diagonals. With width in front of him, he got to pull wide in support, rather than out of necessity and it made all the difference. He didn't even get a yellow card.
Michael Bradley (8) - Never ceases to amaze me what a cool influence he has on the U.S. midfield. He tired in the later stages and it showed as Germany got through his portion of midfield a little too easily. Without Bradley, though, there would've been no lead to cling to.
Graham Zusi (7) - I'm starting to think of Zusi as Feilhaber-on-the-wing 2.0. He serves a meaner cross and plays with more pace and about equal marking ability tracking back. The feed, and the run, on Jozy's opener should be widely distributed to the youth of America.
Clint Dempsey (8.5) - Yesterday, he proved that, along with Altidore, the U.S. has two first-class attackers that can rupture any defense on their day -- assuming a certain degree of width. Dempsey's made his name playing like he's no underdog and each touch echoed that yesterday, especially those building up to his 20-yard left-footed curler.
Fabian Johnson (7) - His pace, presence and ability to interchange with the other two attacking midfielders gave the U.S. a real left wing presence. While he was rather quiet, his runs opened up the game from the opening whistle. It's why Altidore had all that space on his first goal. If Klinsmann can find and play a real left back, then Fab should start on the left wing from here on out.
Jozy Altidore (8.5) - Gawrsh. A 30-goal man can do some damage with a modicum of width and service. Altidore's physical presence almost always draws the double team, but if the U.S. continues to open up the space he steamed through yesterday, forget it. He's a player that can only be contained. The man knows his soccer. Just look at the textbook run he made for his first and his assist to Dempsey.
Jurgen Klinsmann (8) - I don't know how he saw this game, but if he was playing to win and establish a blueprint for these kinds of wins, he did a good job. The Eddie Johnson sub after Germany's first goal was easily my favorite. His left back selections are still my biggest complaint.
Brad Davis (5.5) - Unless the U.S. is going to own the ball against a much slower opponent, Davis doesn't do much for me. His crosses are fine, but he's no Eddie Lewis. Maybe that's not fair, but on a team that lives and dies by its ability to stretch the field vertically in wide areas, Davis' ceiling is that of a serviceable sub. That's all he was yesterday, though he did get caught in possession, too.
Eddie Johnson (6) - His pace re-stretched the German defense. And his tactical flexibility -- wow -- merits his inclusion in most any squad. Johnson also fulfills the American stepover quota that's been largely unfulfilled since Hejduk's international career ended.
Edgar Castillo (5) - He's not a left back either. Any winger that weighs more than 160 pounds will give him trouble. Yes, he's fast going forward, but the U.S. has pace like that in plenty of places. His defensive effort was again porous.
Terrence Boyd (NR) - I liked his thirst for goal, but in the context of the game it was misplaced a little.
- Jacob Klinger