Player Ratings: USMNT 4-0 Costa Rica

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By Patrick MacDonald

Did anyone expect a 4-0 goal-splosion against Costa Rica? While it was not outside the realm of possibility to expect an U.S. W going into tonight, at best, the much maligned U.S. attack would have won by a one against a highly defensive Costa Rican side and garnered praise.

Instead, the anemic side that quaked in their boots against Colombia on Friday came alive in the second round of Group A action.

Very early on, it looked like it was going to go much, much worse for Klinsmann and company as the U.S. backline was bombarded by the Costa Rican attack. Soon after, the Yanks settled down and delivered a performance that should leave little doubt that the U.S. will move onto the knockout rounds with lowly Paraguay in the way.

Here are the ratings on the night:

THE STARTERS

Brad Guzan – GK: 6.5
Was busy very early in the first half, and solid in the face of Costa Rica’s attack, but didn’t have much to do after that.

DeAndre Yedlin – RB: 7
Aside from a very early nervy couple of moments, he came up strong on a number of defensive plays and juked out the defender before delivering the cross leading to the U.S.’ PK

Geoff Cameron – CB: 6
Did his job when tested. A few errant passes early hurt.

John Brooks – CB: 7.5
Another stellar performance by the young Hertha Berlin defender. Whatever chances Costa Rica had, he often cleaned up.

Fabian Johnson – LB: 7
Solid defensively and far more dangerous going forward than he was against Colombia.

Michael Bradley – CDM: 7
Hey remember when Bradley was the worst player on the U.S.? Well I think he certainly answered his critics today.

Alejandro Bedoya – CM: 6
Overall had a solid match. A few dangerous passes here and there. Probably should have taken a shot instead of passing to Zardes in the second half.

Jermaine Jones – CM: 6.5
Very active as always, both offensively and defensively. Scored one hell of a strike to put the U.S. up by two.

Gyassi Zardes – RW: 4
Pretty useless, but again — he is not a winger. The only difference between him and Wood is his counterpart scored.

Clint Dempsey – F: 7.5 (EoS MotM)
Very active in this match, scored the opener on a PK and was highly dangerous dropping back and decimating the Costa Rican defense with his passing.

Bobby Wood – LW: 5.5
Yes he scored a goal, and that was great. He moved centrally where he belongs and slotted it home. But as a winger, aside from a defensive moment or two, he left much to be desired.

Substitutions:

Graham Zusi – LW: 6.5
Overall solid in game killing duty, and obviously put the extra nail in the coffin with the U.S.’ 4th.

Chris Wondolowski – F: 5
Did fine in spelling Dempsey.

Kyle Beckerman – CDM: 7
It’s rare when someone on the field that short a time earns a rating this high, but did you see that save off the line? ‘Nuff said.


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