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USMNT player ratings from an optimism-sucking 4-1 home dismantling by Brazil

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Brazil’s Douglas Costa (7) tries to dribble the ball between United States’ Alejandro Bedoya, left, and Ventura Alvarado during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


That was bad, real bad, Jurgen Klinsmann.

The United States men’s national team was crushed 4-1 by Brazil on Tuesday in Foxboro, but it was a way worse performance than the score line.

[ MATCH RECAP: USMNT 1-4 Brazil ]

With the Confederations Cup playoff coming up against Mexico next month, U.S. fans must be crossing their fingers in health hope for Fabian Johnson, DaMarcus Beasley and even, yes, John Brooks.

Starting XI

Brad Guzan -- 4 -- He has his legion of defenders who will arrive in the comments section I’m sure, but I want him to claim the Willian cross before the first goal. Really, no keeper was going to make enough saves to make the difference on Tuesday, but his No. 2 nearly did against Belgium in a similar match a couple summers ago.

Michael Orozco -- 3 -- He struggled mightily against Brazil’s attacking unit.

Ventura Alvarado -- 4 -- Made some solid individual plays, but there was clearly no command amongst the back line and you need a center back to step up.

Tim Ream -- 5 -- Hard to give anyone from the back line any sort of good grade, but Ream made some good tackles while being played out of position. He also got the assist on Williams’ goal. Otherwise, shoulder shrug.

Geoff Cameron (off 79') -- 5 -- See Ream’s description.

Jermaine Jones (off 72') -- 4 -- Was clearly frustrated in both attack and defense, and his flair didn’t show through against a team full of electricity.

Ale Bedoya -- 4 -- Abused by Willian on the goal amongst other occasions, leading to a 37th minute hook for Danny Williams. He’s better on the wing, and tonight better to the bench.

Michael Bradley (off 79') -- 5 -- His free kick after 35 minutes was not pretty, but he was one of the only lively players in the first half. Looked lethargic and ready to be subbed off in the second half. When was the last time you heard that about Michael Bradley? (Alarm bells).

Deandre Yedlin -- 6 -- His giveaway helped lead to Brazil’s opener, but at least he managed to draw the visitors’ attention for a spell or two.

Gyasi Zardes (off HT) -- 5 -- His movement was on, but his touch was off. Not sure he’s refined enough in his progression to go tit-for-tat with Brazil. In time, perhaps.

Jozy Altidore (off 57') -- 4 -- Couldn’t finish his chances, and remains a slow starter. Could’ve taken a nap sometime in the first half.


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United States’ Daniel Williams (14) defends Brazil’s Luis Gustavo (17) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)


Danny Williams (on 37') -- 6 -- Scored a rocket when Brazil wasn’t paying attention, but that hardly makes up for a tough evening in the middle.

Bobby Wood (on HT) -- 4 -- Didn’t factor.

Jordan Morris (on 57') -- 5 -- Livelier, but same as above.

Aron Johannsson (on 79') -- 5 -- Made one good dribble on the end line, but also booted a ball into outer space.

Jonathan Spector (on 72') -- 7 -- Guys like Eric Lichaj had to be screaming, “Heck yes” after Spector’s near-assist to Diskerud struck a note for the long-forgotten ghosts of the USMNT set-up.

Mix Diskerud (on 72') -- 4 -- You have to score 1v1 from 12 yards out. And it might’ve been closer. Instead, right to the keeper.

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