USA vs. Haiti Gold Cup player ratings

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The US clinched its Gold Cup group last night with a 1-0 win over Haiti, but did little to soothe the fears surrounding this team after its first match against Honduras.

Here are the player ratings for both teams.

USA

Brad Guzan, 8 – Guzan looked every bit the part of international number one, making a big second half stop, commanding his area, and distributing well. It was the kind of performance that makes you wonder what Tim Sherwood is playing at by benching Guzan at Aston Villa.

Brad Evans, 6 – The versatile Evans worked hard and, especially in the first half, covered for plenty of shaky play around him. Evans is limited, and he won’t start much in this tournament, but he’s a valuable player to have around.

Omar Gonzalez, 5 – Unspectacular performance from Gonzalez, who might be on the outside looking in for a starting spot in the rest of this tournament. Strong physically, but never really controlled the back-line.

Tim Ream, 6 – Ream’s first USMNT start in years was mostly a success. He settled as the game went on, and provided some nimble defending.

Greg Garza, 4 – His ball to Zardes that set up the US goal was vital and nicely done, but Garza looked out of his depth all night. He defended poorly, didn’t have great understanding with his teammates, and was replaced in the second half by Fabian Johnson.

Michael Bradley, 6 – Bradley was asked to play as a solo #6 early – certainly not his best position – and it limited his ability to impact the game. He was solid, but nothing more.

Graham Zusi, 4 – Zusi often just doesn’t look like national team quality. He’s not tight enough on the ball and not athletically gifted enough to be a major contributor on this level.

Mix Diskerud, 5 – Diskerud, not for the first time, appeared to be unsure of where he was supposed to be tactically. He improved markedly after the interval, though, distributing better and getting more involved defensively.

Clint Dempsey, 7 – Deuce is by far the US’ best goal-scorer. He’s got all three American goals so far in this tournament, and is probably in some of the best form of his life.

Aron Johannsson, 6 – Had a goal wrongly ruled out for offsides, and stayed positive the whole night. With Altidore struggling, Johannsson’s role could increase.

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  1. ribman July 11, 2015

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