KRIS LINDSAY - Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The USMNT defeated Costa Rica 1-0 to round out group play. Here are the match ratings.
Sean Johnson, 6.5 - Not asked to do a whole lot on the night, but came up with the fingertip-off-the-crossbar save that really saved the night for the US.
DaMarcus Beasley, 5.5 - Looked good getting forward early, and made some solid clearances, but wasn't himself after the collision that took him to the side.
Michael Orozco-Fiscal, 7.5 - May have been one of the best outings at center back for Orozco in a USA jersey. He was stalwart in the back, marked his man, and made several key tackles and clearances.
Clarence Goodson, 7.5 - With Orozco, probably made the strongest defensive pairing since the USA played at Azteca. Goodson cleared in several key moments and even got up the field.
Michael Parkhurst, 6 - Solid defensive night, especially with the speed of Rodney Wallace. He moved up the field and was better with his crosses and touches.
Jose Torres, 7 - His passing in the first half was excellent, he was one of the few pushing the attack. His on target free kick needed a little more power, but was definitely on target and required a terrific save.
Mix Diskerud, 5 - His presence in the midfield was lacking. He had a good chance in the second half, but it was shot softly and easily saved. Didn't do enough to create chances.
Stuart Holden, 4.5 - Was invisible for much of the first half. The chemistry he had showed previously with Diskerud was missing. He got back and made several good defensive plays, but left the USA missing Kyle Beckerman.
Alejandro Bedoya, 5.5 - Active on both sides of the ball, but there weren't enough created chances. He created the one chance that should've been buried by Wondo.
Landon Donovan, 7 - Donovan was the game changer. He had the vision and accuracy to send a perfect ball to Brek Shea in space, putting him in position for a game changer. Quiet night, but really showed his worth to the "A" team.
Chris Wondolowski, 5 - Had a difficult time finding space, and should have done better on a couple of touches in the box. His runs were decent, but he was no where near as effective as he was in the previous two matches.
Brek Shea, 7 - Got the game winner. Full credit to him for coming in after probably his worst performance in a United States jersey and having the calmness to take a good touch and get the win.
Herculez Gomez, N/A - One noticeable play: Gomez got a body on a defender in the box, allowing Joe Corona to play the ball to Donovan on the eventual game winner.
Joe Corona, 7 - Corona came on late, but played as perfect a ball to Donovan as Donovan did to Shea, in less space.