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4 vs 1
Played
July 13, 2013 3:30 PM EDT
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy, Utah
Referee:‬ D. Gantar‎
Attendance:‬ 17597‎
 
45+2′ (PG) Landon Donovan
J. Alfonso 36′
57′ J. Corona
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: USA 4-1 Cuba

Goal takes a closer look at the players on show as the Yanks came back to put four past Cuba.

By Keith Hickey

  • Nick Rimando
    48
    6
    3.00

    Nick Rimando

    Hung out to dry on the Cuba goal, coped well with everything else asked of him.

  • E. Castillo
    42
    38
    3.50

    E. Castillo

    Was straight-up beaten and left chasing Ariel Martinez as Cuba took the first-half lead. Atoned as his well-timed burst into the box earned a penalty, and was a marauding fullback presence in the second.

  • M. Orozco
    33
    15
    3.00

    M. Orozco

    Moved into the right position to cover the inside for Castillo on Cuba's goal, but the fullback was beaten on the outside.

  • Oguchi Onyewu
    29
    59
    1.50

    Oguchi Onyewu

    Too slow to cover Alfonso on Cuba's goal. This Gold Cup may be the end of Gooch's international career. Nearly gave away a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Jose Alfonso.

  • Tony Beltran
    35
    22
    2.50

    Tony Beltran

    Some nervy moments early but a good, solid shift at right back, keeping Cuba quiet.

  • J. Corona
    67
    3
    3.00

    J. Corona

    Had a subdued first half but burst into life after the break with a curing shot from outside the box to make it 2-1.

  • Stuart Holden
    60
    19
    3.00

    Stuart Holden

    Dictated the high tempo well in his first U.S. start in almost three years, unable to really create much in his time on the field.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    59
    23
    2.50

    Kyle Beckerman

    Put in his usual industrious shift, and turned provider with a good cross to Wondolowski for the third.

  • Brek Shea
    25
    85
    1.00

    Brek Shea Flop of the Match

    Easily the worst player in red and white. First touch, passing, dribbling all lacking, gave the ball away too many times, and rightfully subbed at half.

  • H. Gómez
    40
    22
    2.50

    H. Gómez

    Did some good work at forward, his header to Donovan almost an assist but ruled offside. Replaced in the second half by the far more potent Wondolowski.

  • Landon Donovan
    94
    5
    3.50

    Landon Donovan

    Constantly dangerous. Sent a warning shot when his nutmeg on the keeper was called for offside, then played the ball that won the penalty, which he converted to equalize just before half.

Substitutions

  • M. Diskerud
    82
    4
    2.50

    M. Diskerud

    Replaced Holden in the second half and nearly scored a goal from distance. Could play his way into the A-squad an the World Cup next summer.

  • J. Torres
    57
    12

    J. Torres

    Replaced Shea at halftime and was an instant upgrade, coming inside and being a passing outlet while allowing Corona to overlap. Decent service and his chipped pass created the fourth.

  • Chris Wondolowski
    82
    12
    4.00

    Chris Wondolowski Top of the Match

    The man of the match and maybe the tournament. Scored soon after coming on and then grabbed another with a great touch, his fifth of the Gold Cup. Might even be annoyed not to grab a hat trick after he put an easy one right at the keeper.

  • O. Molina
    8
    3
    2.00

    O. Molina

    Not much he could do against a penalty, came up with a big stop in the opening moments of the second half. Denied on of Wondo's, but simply couldn't deal with the volume of shots,

  • Y. Márquez
    2
    3
    1.50

    Y. Márquez

    Was guilty of taking down Castillo to concede the penalty.

  • J. Clavelo
    3
    2
    2.50

    J. Clavelo

    Had a good first half, but the Cuban captain couldn't out-muscle Wondolowski as the San Jose man scored the third for the USA.

  • Y. Colomé
    3
    3
    2.50

    Y. Colomé

    Dealt well with Brek Shea in the first half, which might not have been the hardest task. Later caught watching as Beckerman was given the freedom to pinpoint his cross to Wondolowski.

  • J. Corrales
    0
    7
    2.00

    J. Corrales

    The Cuban defense as a whole game up too much space, made too many mistakes, and was punished when the U.S. stepped up a gear in the second half.

  • A. Urgellés
    0
    6
    2.00

    A. Urgellés

    Struggled to have any impact on the game.

  • R. Malblanche
    0
    5
    2.00

    R. Malblanche

    Whiffed on the clearance as Wondolowski made it four.

  • Jaime Colomé Valencia
    1
    4
    2.50

    Jaime Colomé Valencia

    Had a couple of shots but failed to put either on target. Cuba needed more offense and possession from its midfield and failed to get it.

  • Ariel Pedro Martínez
    20
    1
    3.50

    Ariel Pedro Martínez

    Dusted Edgar Castillo down the right side to create Cuba's goal. Cuba's best player by a nautical mile.

  • Alberto Gómez
    1
    4
    2.00

    Alberto Gómez

    Was involved a bit, drawing some fouls, but couldn't turn his industry into anything substantive and was taken off in the 67th.

  • J. Alfonso
    10
    1
    3.00

    J. Alfonso

    Good positioning, better finish to put Cuba a goal up in the first.

Substitutions

  • Alexei Zuaznábar
    0
    5
    2.00

    Alexei Zuaznábar

    Came on for the injured goalscorer Alfonso, but couldn't replicate his success in front of net.

Results
Group A Matches
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Gabriel Torres Gabriel Torres
Striker
Colorado
5 3
Landon Donovan Landon Donovan
Striker
LA Galaxy
5 2
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
5 0
R. Zelaya R. Zelaya
Striker
Alania
4 1
M. Fabián M. Fabián
Striker
Cruz Azul
3 1