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1 vs 0
Played
March 22, 2013 10:11 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ J. Aguilar‎
Attendance:‬ 19374‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: USA 1-0 Costa Rica

Goal.com runs the rule on the players involved in a memorably snowy evening in Colorado.

By Keith Hickey

  • Bradley Guzan
    65
    1
    3.50

    Bradley Guzan

    Apart from one nervy moment, Guzan impressed in difficult circumstances. Tim Howard may have competition for the No.1 shirt.

  • C. Goodson
    43
    6
    3.00

    C. Goodson

    Had a touch of trouble with the lively Saborio, but wasn't abused so much that the clean sheet was spoiled.

  • DaMarcus Beasley
    74
    9
    3.00

    DaMarcus Beasley

    Covered plenty of ground down the left in his return to the international fold, a valuable veteran presence in a makeshift back line.

  • Geoff Cameron
    29
    24
    3.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Looked to have kept Saborio onside but was given a reprieve by the official. Otherwise solid at right back.

  • Omar Gonzalez
    60
    5
    3.50

    Omar Gonzalez

    A big improvement over his performance in Honduras. Made a few vital stops, including putting his head to a tricky Ruiz free kick.

  • Graham Zusi
    22
    32
    2.50

    Graham Zusi

    The conditions hardly played to his skill set, but the Sporting KC man was able to hold the ball on a tricky surface.

  • Jermaine Jones
    56
    18
    3.50

    Jermaine Jones

    The Schalke man was exactly what the U.S. needed in midfield. Was everywhere in an all-action performance and cut quite the figure with snow collecting in his hair.

  • Michael Bradley
    53
    14
    3.50

    Michael Bradley

    A great shift in a game where his intensity and determination was desperately needed.

  • Clint Dempsey
    65
    8
    4.00

    Clint Dempsey Top of the Match

    Did what U.S. fans have come to expect from him, snatching the early winner to give the Yanks a leg up.

  • H. Gómez
    45
    13
    2.50

    H. Gómez

    The quietest of the attacking trio, he had a few chances but wasn't able to capitalize.

  • Jozy Altidore
    73
    11
    4.00

    Jozy Altidore

    Given the conditions, his first touch and hold-up play were sterling, and his work rate cannot be faulted. It was his effort which lead to Dempsey's finish.

Substitutions

  • Eddie Johnson
    44
    7
    3.00

    Eddie Johnson

    Came on for Zusi and had a few threatening runs to push the Costa Rica defense back.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    16
    18
    3.00

    Kyle Beckerman

    Came on as a late sub for Gomez as the U.S. tried to kill the clock.

  • Maurice Edu
    36
    3
    3.00

    Maurice Edu

    Replaced Jones as the U.S. looked to lock in its slim lead.

  • K. Navas
    7
    4
    3.00

    K. Navas

    Could hardly do anything about the goal, with a wide-open Clint Dempsey collecting a deflected shot at close range.

  • Bryan Oviedo
    6
    5
    2.50

    Bryan Oviedo

    Had trouble with the U.S attack and the conditions and came off in the second half.

  • Cristian Gamboa
    7
    5
    3.00

    Cristian Gamboa

    Did decently well to keep Graham Zusi quiet.

  • Giancarlo González
    5
    6
    2.50

    Giancarlo González

    Like the most of his five-man back line, was walkabout on Dempsey's goal.

  • M. Umaña
    4
    5
    2.50

    M. Umaña

    Given a torrid time by Altidore as the big American was everywhere in the first half.

  • R. Miller
    5
    16
    1.50

    R. Miller Flop of the Match

    A very Roy Miller performance. Failed to clear Altidore's shot for Dempsey's goal and really should have given away a penalty for his trip on Dempsey. A late yellow card sees him suspended for his side's next match against Jamaica.

  • Christian Bolaños
    8
    4
    3.00

    Christian Bolaños

    Wasn't able to help the Ticos claim midfield dominance and was the first player taken off.

  • Michael Barrantes Rojas
    6
    4
    2.50

    Michael Barrantes Rojas

    Put on the back foot by the American midfield in the first half.

  • A. Rodríguez
    6
    5
    2.50

    A. Rodríguez

    Couldn't cope with the dynamism the U.S. showed in midfield.

  • A. Saborío
    13
    4
    3.50

    A. Saborío

    Probably should have had a goal, but it was called back for an iffy offside. A good showing from the RSL man as he plowed a lone furrow up top.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    10
    6
    3.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    Dangerous but never a danger, Ruiz was never quite able to play that killer ball the U.S. was fearing before the game.

Substitutions

  • J. Madrigal
    3
    5
    3.00

    J. Madrigal

    A late sub as his side looked for an equalizer.

  • Joel Campbell
    9
    4
    2.50

    Joel Campbell

    Came on with half an hour left as his team searched for a goal, but wasn't able to deliver.

Results
Matchday 2
Times In EDT
 
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