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Played
June 8, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, Florida
Referee:‬ H. Cruz‎
Attendance:‬ 23971‎
 
Peter Byers 65′
44′ (PG) Clint Dempsey
 
72′ H. Gómez
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: USA 3-1 Antigua & Barbuda

The United States ground out a win over CONCACAF minnow Antigua and Barbuda in World Cup qualifying. Goal.com rates the player performances.

By Zac Lee Rigg

  • Tim Howard
    25
    5
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    The Everton goalkeeper somehow managed to stay awake to palm away Byers' rasping shot late in the match.

  • Carlos Bocanegra
    38
    7
    3.50

    Carlos Bocanegra Top of the Match

    The captain is old enough to remember how to beat pesky CONCACAF competition without excelling: set pieces. Bocanegra ran in a loop around the goal box before scoring the opener at the back post and tie Marcelo Balboa as the highest scoring defender for the U.S.

  • C. Goodson
    28
    7
    3.00

    C. Goodson

    The defender threw himself valiantly at a shot by Blackstock to preserve the lead in the first half.

  • Steven Cherundolo
    16
    21
    2.00

    Steven Cherundolo

    With the left backs -- first Torres and then Bocanegra -- piling forward, Cherundolo played a safer game on the right and was duly anonymous because of it.

  • Jermaine Jones
    11
    24
    2.00

    Jermaine Jones

    The Schalke midfielder played one glorious slide-rule pass to free Donovan in the box in the second half. Other than that, his offensive output was muted, and he didn't even pick up a customary yellow.

  • J. Torres
    13
    18
    2.50

    J. Torres

    "Anyone can play left back,” assuming the opposition is made up of USL players. Torres spent most of his time in Antigua's half pushing forward. His defending was haphazard and he shut off on a quick throw to let Blackstock shoot in the box, but overall he wasn't exposed. Made way early in the second with an ankle injury.

  • Michael Bradley
    19
    18
    3.00

    Michael Bradley

    Bradley tended to drop deeper than Edu to pick up the ball from the defense and distribute. This prevented him from having much offensive impact, but he was tidy and brisk in all other areas.

  • Maurice Edu
    9
    27
    2.00

    Maurice Edu

    Even against this level of competition, Edu was caught in possession and had a sloppy giveaway. His ability to win the ball back is impressive, but perhaps not necessary in home CONCACAF games considering his downside.

  • Clint Dempsey
    23
    16
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Early on, Deuce took far too many touches without pulling the trigger. Eventually he played Donovan into the box to earn the game-winning penalty, scoring it himself. Dempsey also flicked the ball to Gomez in the buildup to the Americans' third goal.

  • H. Gómez
    47
    5
    3.50

    H. Gómez

    The third goal summed up Gomez's career. He whiffed on about four chances before eventually, through perseverance, scrappily finishing. Earlier, Gomez connected with a tidy header on the corner that led to the first U.S. goal, and he also hit the post from a Bocanegra cutback.

  • Landon Donovan
    34
    18
    3.50

    Landon Donovan

    Donovan was involved in all three U.S. goals. He took the corner for the first, won the penalty for the second and burst down the right flank to help create the third.

Substitutions

  • Oguchi Onyewu
    16
    46
    0.50

    Oguchi Onyewu Flop of the Match

    At 30 and after a series of knee injuries, Onyewu looks finished at this level. He was roasted for pace on Byers' goal and weakened the defense after coming on for -- get this -- Jose Torres, a midfielder.

  • Jozy Altidore
    20
    12

    Jozy Altidore

    Entered late to no real effect.

  • Terrence Boyd
    39
    13

    Terrence Boyd

    Boyd is now tied to the U.S. for his career after appearing in a brief substitute appearance in an official competitive game.

  • Molvin James
    8
    6
    2.50

    Molvin James

    The husky goalkeeper gave up a cheap rebound for the opening goal, but bounced back well to pull off a string of saves. His size made every positive block look all the more impressive.

  • George Dublin
    7
    2
    3.00

    George Dublin

    Deep in stoppage time, the 35-year-old captain matched Boyd for pace. The veteran defender also cleared a Donovan pass off the line to keep the score down.

  • Marc Joseph
    3
    2
    3.00

    Marc Joseph

    Twice blocked Dempsey in the box in the opening 15 minutes and was covering when McCoy needlessly dove in for the penalty. Joseph's towering presence was the highlight of a tough A&B defense.

  • Marvin M. McCoy
    0
    4
    1.50

    Marvin M. McCoy

    All the physical tools -- which McCoy showed he has by zipping past Bocanegra in the second half -- don't add up to much without the presence of mind to stay on your feet in the box. His unnecessary lunge on Donovan granted the USA the winner from the penalty spot.

  • Quinton Griffith
    5
    4
    2.50

    Quinton Griffith

    A flashy red hairdo somehow didn't parlay into a red card when Griffith went in late, hard and studs-up on Gomez in the first half. A yellow in the second should have been the end of an active and athletic night for the youngest player on A&B's roster.

  • Kieran Murtagh
    0
    3
    2.00

    Kieran Murtagh

    Murtagh was nominally the No. 10, but he rarely linked up with his striker and spent most of the game keeping the formation tight in midfield.

  • Lawson Robinson
    0
    2
    2.00

    Lawson Robinson

    As the holding midfielder, Robinson did break up his fair share of U.S. attacks, but he was also on the back post when Bocanegra scored the opener and should have cleared.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    4
    2
    2.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    A few surging runs showed Leigertwood's obvious quality -- he played in the English Championship with Reading last season -- but they came to nothing when he was eventually outnumbered.

  • Randolph Burton
    0
    3
    1.50

    Randolph Burton

    Burton spent most of the game tracking back nearly into his defense on the right flank. His most telling contribution was injuring Jose Torres, although inadvertently.

  • Dexter Blackstock
    2
    4
    2.00

    Dexter Blackstock

    Blackstock toiled ineffectively alone up top for most of the match. His one chance was blocked by Goodson.

  • Tamarley Thomas
    1
    4
    2.00

    Tamarley Thomas

    Thomas allowed Griffiths to overlap him on the left when attacking, though Thomas played the key pass to Byers for Antigua's only goal.

Substitutions

  • Peter Byers
    20
    2
    3.50

    Peter Byers

    Byers showed why he's Antigua's all-time leading scorer. The former Montreal Impact striker didn't take long to make an impact off the bench, razing Onyewu and tricking Howard near-post ala Neymar. His searing pace continued to trouble the U.S. defense.

  • Stephan Smith
    2
    2

    Stephan Smith

    Played the last 10 minutes as a sub.

Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1