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USA
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
Rank/Player Position Team Rating
1. R. EspinozaMidfielderHonduras3.50
2. J. BengtsonStrikerHonduras3.50
3. Juan Carlos GarcíaDefenderHonduras3.33
4. C. CostlyStrikerHonduras3.33
5. N. ValladaresGoalkeeperHonduras3.30
6. Maynor FigueroaDefenderHonduras3.30
7. QuinteroMidfielder3.30
8. Dwayne De RosarioMidfielderCanada3.25
9. Luis GarridoStrikerHonduras U233.25
10. B. GarcíaMidfielderHonduras3.20
11. Cristian GamboaDefenderCosta Rica3.13
12. J. PenedoGoalkeeper3.08
13. J. CoronaGoalkeeperMexico U233.06
14. Héctor MorenoDefenderMexico3.04
15. Bryan RuizStrikerCosta Rica3.00
16. G. GómezMidfielder3.00
17. O. PeraltaStrikerMexico3.00
18. E. IzaguirreDefenderHonduras3.00
19. J. ZavalaMidfielderMexico3.00
20. F. BaloyDefender3.00
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