Who was the top player for the USA in their draw with England?
By Allen Ramsey
Jun 12, 2010 4:24:00 PM
It was a solid result for the USA as they worked a 1-1 draw with England to open Group C play. England took and early lead only to have Clint Dempsey level the match just before the break on what can only be described as a major gaffe by England 'keeper Robert Green.
But which player did the most to make sure the USA left with at least a point?
The answer seems to be pretty obvious. American goalkeeper Tim Howard was the exact opposite of his counterpart in the England goal. Howard made several massive stops to keep the Three Lions from ever regaining their lead including one at point blank range off of Emile Heskey.
Steve Cherundolo, who dominated James Milner in the opening 30 minutes before putting the clamps on Shaun Wright-Phillips, also deserves to have his name called as one of the top performers on the night. Cherundolo not only locked down his side of the field defensively but drew several fouls in the first half as he bombed forward.
Another player for the USA who had a fine showing was midfielder Michael Bradley who did very well to help relieve pressure by passing and dribbling his way out of trouble.