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1 vs 0
Played
June 18, 2013 9:06 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ E. Wijngaarde‎
Attendance:‬ 20250‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: USA 1-0 Honduras

The United States moved one step closer to the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Honduras in the Hexagonal. Goal rates the players on show.

By Zac Lee Rigg

  • Tim Howard
    56
    2
    3.50

    Tim Howard

    Made his one big save when called into action and bravely punched away as Honduras put on the pressure in stoppage time.

  • Fabian Johnson
    61
    8
    4.00

    Fabian Johnson

    Moved into defense again, Johnson proved he can still affect matches in attack. His series of teasing corners set the tone for the opening minutes and an overlapping run led to the game's only goal. His only scratch was a high cleat on a tackle for which he narrowly avoided a yellow.

  • Matt Besler
    49
    6
    3.00

    Matt Besler

    Aside from one giveaway to Najar which led to a shot on goal, Besler submitted a fine performance.

  • Omar Gonzalez
    32
    31
    2.00

    Omar Gonzalez

    The distribution from the LA Galaxy defender continues to disappoint. One turnover led to the early yellow for Jones. Aside from the persistent mental lapses, Gonzalez held his line well.

  • Brad Evans
    35
    17
    2.00

    Brad Evans

    His main contribution was a sharp downward header from a Zusi free kick that Valladares saved. Other than that, Evans played a series of conservative passes and didn't let himself get burned.

  • Eddie Johnson
    22
    42
    1.50

    Eddie Johnson

    The Seattle forward continues to struggle in midfield, especially with incorporating himself into passing moves. By far the least effective U.S. attacker.

  • Graham Zusi
    68
    21
    4.50

    Graham Zusi Top of the Match

    The main U.S. attacking threat, Zusi continually pumped crosses and dangerous free kicks into the area. Though he looked decidedly uncomfortable on the left, his delicate touch set Fabian Johnson free on the goal.

  • Jermaine Jones
    21
    39
    2.00

    Jermaine Jones

    The German-born midfielder picked up an early yellow for dragging down Espindola. Though he was busy, very little of his hustle proved especially effective at his usual standards.

  • Michael Bradley
    61
    28
    2.00

    Michael Bradley

    Bradley sat very deep and didn't impose himself on the match to his capabilities. In the one chance that fell his way, a rebound in the 70th minute, he cranked a shot over the goal frame.

  • Clint Dempsey
    38
    23
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    The U.S. captain was quiet until setting up Altidore's offside goal. Dempsey also flashed a shot wide, headed off Palacios' arm in the box, drew a save out of Valladares with another sharp header and instigated the goal.

  • Jozy Altidore
    72
    2
    3.50

    Jozy Altidore

    Altidore put the ball past Valladares twice. The second stood for his fourth straight goal in four games, tying a U.S. record. The AZ Alkmaar striker's all-around game has improved and his holdup helped alleviate play.

Substitutions

  • E. Castillo
    25
    21

    E. Castillo

    Entered for a shade of defensive stability in the 87th minute.

  • Geoff Cameron
    55
    4

    Geoff Cameron

    Came in for Jones and played one sweeping ball over the top that mimicked his assist in Seattle.

  • Brad Davis
    43
    8

    Brad Davis

    Replaced Zusi and had a few interesting touches.

  • N. Valladares
    12
    5
    4.00

    N. Valladares

    The Honduras shot-stopper earned his keep, making a handful of excellent diving saves. Early in the match he blocked a Fabian Johnson cross and kept snuffing out danger, most tellingly blocking Eddie Johnson, a Dempsey header and a late Altidore left-footed shot.

  • J. Velásquez
    5
    7
    3.00

    J. Velásquez

    The young center back showed maturity in a solid display, including an impressive sliding tackle on Zusi just outside the box. Late in the match he shoved Davis to earn a needless yellow.

  • E. Izaguirre
    9
    4
    3.50

    E. Izaguirre

    The Celtic man closed down the ball effectively and didn't let much past him on the left flank.

  • Juan Pablo Montes
    7
    5
    3.00

    Juan Pablo Montes

    Montes stepped into dangerous situations several times and coolly disarmed the situation.

  • A. Najar
    13
    5
    3.00

    A. Najar

    Several mazy, zippy runs hinted at his potential but poor final balls expressed Najar's naivete. His shot straight at Howard was the best chance of the match for Honduras. The former MLS rookie of the year also used his pace to close down overlapping runs from U.S. fullbacks.

  • J. Claros
    5
    6
    2.50

    J. Claros

    Claros submitted a quietly effective display in midfield, though the range of his passing was off. Zusi turned him at the top of the box for the goal.

  • Mario Martínez
    1
    11
    1.00

    Mario Martínez Flop of the Match

    The Seattle Sounders winger showed rare flashes of intent, but mostly the game passed him by before Marvin Chavez replaced him with 20 minutes remaining.

  • R. Espinoza
    16
    3
    4.00

    R. Espinoza

    Espinoza set the tone by nutmegging Jones in the early going. As a buzzing terrier, the Wigan man was Honduras' most impressive performer, filling an advanced midfield role.

  • W. Palacios
    3
    12
    1.50

    W. Palacios

    Besides a hand in the box that the referee didn't spot and a yellow, Palacios was sluggish and disappointing.

  • A. Peralta
    3
    7
    2.50

    A. Peralta

    The future Rangers player filled in at right back competently. His yellow for bringing down Jones means he'll miss the next match and when Honduras went down, Boniek Garcia replaced him.

  • C. Costly
    2
    10
    1.50

    C. Costly

    Costly pulled up injured when laying off the ball midway through the first half. Rojas came in to replace him.

Substitutions

  • B. García
    1
    10

    B. García

    Came on after the U.S. goal and pushed Najar back into the defense. His most telling contribution was hitting Howard in the air in stoppage time.

  • Marvin Chávez
    1
    8

    Marvin Chávez

    Entered in the final 20 minutes but failed to use his pace to much use.

  • R. Rojas
    1
    9
    2.00

    R. Rojas

    After a few early runs at Jones to try to lure a second yellow, Rojas quieted down and rarely affected the match.

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8 2
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8 1