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USA
USA
1 vs 0
Played
July 16, 2013 8:00 PM EDT
Rentschler Field — East Hartford, Connecticut
Referee:‬ C. Campbell‎
Attendance:‬ 25432‎
 
82′ Brek Shea
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: USA 1-0 Costa Rica

In an eighth straight U.S. win, a national record, the Americans notched late to beat Costa Rica 1-0 in the Gold Cup.

By Zac Lee Rigg

  • Sean Johnson
    54
    3
    3.50

    Sean Johnson

    Despite looking a touch shaky, Johnson pulled off the saves he had to in a clean sheet. The Chicago Fire goalkeeper's best stop came shortly before the game's only goal, and he also collected smartly from a late Saborio header.

  • M. Orozco
    36
    11
    3.00

    M. Orozco

    The Ticos never threatened much, leaving the Puebla defender to collect dandelions.

  • Michael Parkhurst
    18
    33
    2.50

    Michael Parkhurst

    Parkhurst's struggles as a fullback came into sharp focus, with the Augsburg defender unable to contribute anything to a stunted attack.

  • C. Goodson
    45
    8
    3.00

    C. Goodson

    The U.S. defense effectively kept Costa Rica in front of it, so Goodson didn't find himself exposed much. His biggest contributions came when he lagged up field after free kicks: a low cross into the box and later winning a header that Wondolowski back-heeled at goal.

  • DaMarcus Beasley
    57
    5
    3.00

    DaMarcus Beasley

    The U.S. captain started the game buzzing, sending an early cross to set the tone and tracking a crafty Wallace run through the U.S. back line. However, Beasley faded after Wallace conked the back of his head with a knee.

  • M. Diskerud
    50
    17
    2.50

    M. Diskerud

    A high Ticos back line squeezed the U.S. attack out of the game. Diskerud helped the Americans keep possession without bursting free.

  • Stuart Holden
    36
    41
    3.50

    Stuart Holden

    In his first full 90 minutes since Sept. 20, 2011, Holden sprayed a few passes around and clattered into some crunching tackles. He picked up a booking for one late sliding challenge and generally looked the most active of the American midfielders.

  • J. Torres
    49
    12
    3.00

    J. Torres

    Torres tucked in well when Beasley overlapped, combining with his other midfielders. He had plenty of clever touches, none as nice as the curled free kick after Pemberton should have been sent off. Made way for goalscorer Shea.

  • Alejandro Bedoya
    17
    40
    3.00

    Alejandro Bedoya

    The winger had several good looks: going down at the top of the box on a late run, a flashed header wide, etc. But for the most part Bedoya failed to penetrate the Costa Rican defense and made way for Corona in the second half.

  • Landon Donovan
    80
    7
    3.50

    Landon Donovan

    Donovan couldn't find space with the constricting Costa Rica defense pushing forward. His best chance was a followup on a Torres free kick that he scuffed. However, as the match wound down, he played an visionary, one-touch ball that unlocked Costa Rica and set up Shea for the winner.

  • Chris Wondolowski
    18
    61
    2.00

    Chris Wondolowski

    This match, against a high back line, didn't suit Wondolowski's attributes. He had a back heel in the box, bumped into the goalkeeper and skied an open chance early in the second half. After failing to find the rub of the green, he exited for Gomez.

Substitutions

  • J. Corona
    57
    3
    3.00

    J. Corona

    The Tijuana man started the counter that led to the goal.

  • Brek Shea
    55
    15
    3.00

    Brek Shea Top of the Match

    Shea scored the winner a few minutes after entering the field, his first international goal in 20 appearances.

  • H. Gómez
    33
    12

    H. Gómez

    N/A

  • P. Pemberton
    10
    11
    3.50

    P. Pemberton

    The goalkeeper was lucky to escape with a yellow after blocking Wondolowski's shot well outside his box. Other than that he scraped and clawed his way clear of danger until Shea's late shot, that bounced off him on the way in.

  • Giancarlo González
    6
    5
    3.50

    Giancarlo González

    The most central of the five defenders put in a rugged, scrappy display. He cleared Goodson's early cross and frequently bailed out teammates. Gonzalez was the closest to Shea when the United States burst forward on the counter to score the game's only goal.

  • M. Umaña
    6
    5
    3.50

    M. Umaña

    The right side of the three center backs didn't do much wrong all game, keeping position well and disarming the U.S. attack.

  • Junior Díaz
    8
    5
    2.50

    Junior Díaz

    Aside from a bicycle attempt from a deflected corner, Diaz didn't add much. He moved centrally when Miller came out, and Meneses' delivery showed marked improvement from the left.

  • C. Johnson
    4
    6
    2.50

    C. Johnson

    The former MLS player bombed up and down the right flank without finding much luck in attack.

  • R. Miller
    7
    5
    2.50

    R. Miller

    Miller's greatest contribution came when he chested away a Wondo chance. Later, he took a Bedoya high foot to the shoulder and had to leave the game.

  • Celso Borges
    2
    5
    2.50

    Celso Borges

    Nudged slightly to the left, Borges patched the Cosa Rica midfield together.

  • Y. Tejeda
    3
    4
    3.00

    Y. Tejeda

    The central defensive midfielder helped Costa Rica edge the midfield tussle.

  • K. Cunningham
    4
    5
    3.00

    K. Cunningham

    Probably the most active of the Ticos attackers, Cunningham planted a tidy header on a Carlos Johnson cross at the far post that Sean Johnson saved.

  • Rodney Wallace
    11
    3
    3.00

    Rodney Wallace

    The Portland Timbers winger made several dangerous runs, especially in the early going. He cooled as the game progressed.

  • J. Arrieta
    5
    4
    2.00

    J. Arrieta Flop of the Match

    The Columbus Crew striker was quiet, making very few inroads before Saborio replaced him.

Substitutions

  • C. Meneses
    1
    5
    3.00

    C. Meneses

    Within a few minutes he played a few teasing crosses into the box from the left.

  • O. Rodríguez
    1
    4

    O. Rodríguez

    N/A

  • A. Saborío
    4
    7
    3.00

    A. Saborío

    A handful up front in his scant minutes on the field.

Results
Group A Matches
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. Landon DonovanStrikerUSA3.75
2. M. FabiánStrikerMexico U233.63
3. L. MontesMidfielderMexico3.50
4. B. PérezStriker3.33
5. Eddie JohnsonStrikerUSA3.33
6. Miguel Arturo LayunMidfielderMexico3.33
7. C. GoodsonDefenderUSA3.10
8. Roberto ChenDefenderPanama U203.00
9. Alejandro BedoyaMidfielderUSA3.00
10. Matt BeslerDefenderUSA3.00
11. Kyle BeckermanMidfielderUSA3.00
12. R. JiménezStrikerMexico3.00
13. Nick RimandoGoalkeeperUSA2.90
14. Stuart HoldenMidfielderUSA2.90
15. Chris WondolowskiStrikerMLS All-Stars 20132.90
16. G. GómezMidfielder2.83
17. M. DiskerudMidfielderUnited States U232.83
18. J. CoronaMidfielderU.S. Under-232.70
19. Aníbal Cesis GodoyMidfielder2.67
20. J. TorresMidfielderUSA2.63
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