There were few bright spots in the U.S.'s loss to the Czech Republic.
Player ratings: (1-10; 10 = best)
Brad Guzan, goalkeeper, 4.5 -- Couldn't be really faulted for any of the goals, but didn't necessarily cover himself in glory either.
Jonathan Bornstein, defense, 3 -- Practically played his way off the team. His passing, positioning, and one-on-one defending were all poor. Fortunately for Bornstein, Bradley has to take either Bornstein or Heath Pearce.
Clarence Goodson, defense, 6 -- Delivered a strong, composed performance for the most part with some timely defensive headers. On Herculez Gomez's goal, he did well to keep the play alive with a header across the face of goal. However, his missed clearing attempt on Martin Fenin's game-winner proved costly.
Oguchi Onyewu, defense, 4 -- His rust was ruthlessly exposed on Tomas Sivok's equalizing goal, as his aerial challenge was completely lacking in explosiveness. Was also a bit foul prone, but the fact that he got through his first competitive match unscathed has to be considered a victory.
Steve Cherundolo, defense, 4.5 -- He seemed a bit unsure of himself with the ball at his feet early on, but eventually had some good moments linking up with Holden. Seemed on his way to an improved second half, but faded.
DaMarcus Beasley, midfield, 5.5 -- Had some decent moments, including one early on when he got to the endline and delivered a dangerous cross. His need to help Bornstein limited his chances to get forward.
Jose Torres, midfield, 7 -- The player who probably did the most to help himself before Coach Bob Bradley makes his cuts. Torres was always available, and was tidy on the ball when he got it. He has to be on the plane to South Africa.
Maurice Edu, midfield, 4 -- Scored a typically scrappy goal in the 17th minute when Holden's free kick dropped to him in the box, but his passing blew hot and cold; mostly cold. His spell in the center of defense didn't inspire much confidence either, as Tomas Necid skinned him for the visitors' fourth goal.
Stuart Holden, midfield, 6 -- Caused all kinds of problems with this set piece delivery, and looked to combine getting forward. Worked his socks off defensively as well.
Eddie Johnson, forward, 4 -- Same old Eddie. Struggled with his back to goal and when he did control it he took too long to get rid of the ball.
Edson Buddle, forward, 5 -- Not the greatest performance, but he seemed a bit more eager than Johnson to put in the dirty work. Stuck his head in a dangerous place on the goal, and it paid off.
Heath Pearce, defense, 3 -- Given Bornstein's struggles, Pearce wasted a golden opportunity to make a positive impression on the head coach. He was caught ball watching on Jan Polak's goal, and was skinned by Libor Sionko on Fenin's game-winner.
Robbie Rogers, midfield, 6 -- Had an immediate impact with a dangerous cross that nearly found Ching, and later forced a diving save from Cech with a shot from distance.
Sacha Kljestan, midfield, 5 -- He kept the attack ticking over with some safe passes, but for a guy on the bubble, Kljestan didn't have near the impact needed to change his status. Looked to be ball watching on the Czechs' third goal.
Brian Ching, 6.5, forward, -- His passing and hold-up play were a huge improvement over that provided by Buddle and Johnson. He solidified his spot on the South African-bound squad.
Herculez Gomez, forward, 6 -- The guy has a nose for the goal, no doubt about it, as witnessed by his 68th minute header. Seems like the ideal supersub to take to the World Cup.
Alejandro Bedoya, midfield, 5 -- Didn't have much of an impact, other than being a fraction too late on Fenin's game-winner.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPNsoccernet. He is also the author of "Soccer's Most Wanted II: The Top 10 Book of More Glorious Goals, Superb Saves and Fantastic Free-Kicks." He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.