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USA
USA
3 vs 1
Played
October 16, 2012 7:15 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ R. Moreno‎
Attendance:‬ 16947‎
 
C. Ruíz 5′
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: USA 3-1 Guatemala

Goal.com rates the players on show as the Yanks clinched a spot in the Hexagonal with a win in Kansas City.

By Seth Vertelney

  • Tim Howard
    18
    17
    2.00

    Tim Howard

    Not his finest night. Slow off his line on Guatemala's goal, then nearly gave up a second after spilling an easy rebound.

  • Carlos Bocanegra
    21
    19
    3.00

    Carlos Bocanegra

    Slow start as he got caught upfield on Ruiz's goal, but recovered well enough to defend solidly through the rest of the match, and scored the vital equalizer.

  • Geoff Cameron
    25
    9
    2.50

    Geoff Cameron

    Dire miscommunication with Bocanegra to let Ruiz in for Guatemala's opener but like his center back partner, recovered to turn in a decent showing. Distributed well as usual.

  • Michael Parkhurst
    18
    18
    2.00

    Michael Parkhurst

    Defended well enough, but his distribution was lacking, and he was caught in possession a few times.

  • Steven Cherundolo
    50
    0
    3.00

    Steven Cherundolo

    His ball to spring Johnson on the USA's second goal was sublime. The Hannover man defended well and overlapped when he needed to. Strong performance.

  • Daniel Williams
    42
    6
    3.00

    Daniel Williams

    Was composed with the ball, distributing from side to side, and covered a lot of ground, allowing Bradley to roam back and forth. A bounce-back performance after Antigua & Barbuda

  • Eddie Johnson
    59
    8
    4.00

    Eddie Johnson

    Brimming with confidence and it shows. Started on the wing, but cut in to dangerous effect numerous times. Had the telling cross to assist Dempsey's first goal and his team's second.

  • Graham Zusi
    50
    3
    3.00

    Graham Zusi

    Very tidy on the the ball in front of his home fans, keeping the ball moving to great effect. Had the corner that led to the USA's first goal. Could've been more dangerous attacking.

  • Michael Bradley
    56
    9
    3.00

    Michael Bradley

    Wasn't completely on his game, but hit several good long balls, and combined expertly with Gomez on the USA's third goal. His cheeky chip over the goalkeeper allowed Dempsey to tap home.

  • Clint Dempsey
    74
    2
    4.00

    Clint Dempsey Top of the Match

    Won crucial header to assist first goal off corner kick, then made sure he was in the right place at the right time to finish goals number two and three.

  • H. Gómez
    41
    5
    3.00

    H. Gómez

    Worked extremely hard for 65 minutes, and his tracking led to the USA's corner that produced the first goal. Combined well with Bradley for his team's third and had two crosses in the second half that would've resulted in goals with better finishing.

Substitutions

  • J. Corona
    25
    4

    J. Corona

    Came on late, but the appearance cap-tied Corona to the USA, after spending some time in Mexico's youth setup

  • Maurice Edu
    30
    3
    2.50

    Maurice Edu

    Gave the U.S. a solid performance after coming on with 12 minutes to go

  • Sacha Kljestan
    36
    3
    2.50

    Sacha Kljestan

    Helped kill the game off, getting one decent shot away late.

  • Ricardo Jerez Jr.
    5
    1
    2.50

    Ricardo Jerez Jr.

    Made a couple decent saves, and was unable to do much with any of the USA's three goals.

  • E. Morales
    0
    3
    2.50

    E. Morales

    Failed to track USA's late runs in the first half, allowing Dempsey to steal in for goals. Solid defensively otherwise.

  • R. Morales
    0
    3
    3.00

    R. Morales

    Made several important challenges to keep his side in the game, but also failed to track Bocanegra on his goal.

  • C. Figueroa
    0
    4
    2.00

    C. Figueroa

    Was forced to track back several times, and wasn't able to get involved in the attack much. Hauled off at halftime.

  • J. Contreras
    4
    1
    3.00

    J. Contreras

    Guatemala's best player in the midfield, his precise long ball sprung Ruiz for the game's opening goal. Moved the ball well otherwise.

  • J. López
    0
    3
    2.00

    J. López Flop of the Match

    Allowed Dempsey in past him twice for goals.

  • M. León
    0
    3
    2.50

    M. León

    Solid performance defensively, but was unable to get involved in the attack until late on, when it was too late.

  • W. Velásquez
    0
    2
    2.00

    W. Velásquez

    Overrun in the midfield by Williams and Bradley.

  • C. Ruíz
    12
    3
    3.00

    C. Ruíz

    El Pescadito confounded the USA's defense to spring free for the game's first goal. His movement troubled the backline, but his influence waned as the game went on.

  • M. Rodríguez
    0
    2
    2.00

    M. Rodríguez

    Tried to attack down the USA's left flank, but to little effect. Taken off at halftime.

Substitutions

  • M. Pappa
    0
    6
    2.00

    M. Pappa

    Came on at halftime, but did not get into the attack as much as he would've liked. Looks rusty from lack of playing time in Holland.

  • M. López
    2
    3
    2.50

    M. López

    Helped bring more initiative in the Guatemala attack when he came on at halftime. Faded as the second half wore on.

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