Here are player ratings for the United States’ much-needed 4-0 win over Costa Rica on Tuesday night in Chicago.
U. S. Men’s National Team
Brad Guzan, 6: It was a quiet night for the American goalkeeper, who wasn’t forced into a single difficult save.
DeAndre Yedlin, 6: The on-loan Sunderland fullback got caught a few times defensively, but his speed and recovery abilities were on full display. A bright showing.
Geoff Cameron, 7: Save for one bad moment, the Stoke defender has been more than reliable since this tournament started. Paired with Brooks, center-back is one of this team’s strongpoints.
John Brooks, 8: It was a domineering performance from Brooks, who has come a long way from the fresh-faced kid who staggered in disbelief after scoring against Ghana at the World Cup.
Fabian Johnson, 6: More heavily involved going forward, as the nature of the game dictated. Still, unfortunately, it’s hard to tell that Johnson is one of the US’ best players.
Michael Bradley, 6: Much better performance from Bradley, whose work at the base of midfield ranged from composed to commanding.
Jermaine Jones, 9: Jones looked fired up after his nightmarish showing against Colombia, and the result was a dynamic performance that netted a goal and drove the US’ effort all night.
Alejandro Bedoya, 7: Did plenty of good work in midfield. Not an eye-catching player, but it’s easy to see why Klinsmann likes him.
Bobby Wood, 8: One of Wood’s first actions in the box in this tournament was his slick strike to put the US three goals ahead. The more he plays centrally, the better.
Gyasi Zardes, 5: Zardes is still struggling slightly with fundamentals, but his energy off the ball is usually positive.
Clint Dempsey, 8: There was never any doubt that Dempsey would stick the US’ early penalty. Dempsey has been money when his country has needed him the most.
Graham Zusi, 8: Can’t complain, can you? Zusi came on and made an impression, creating a turnover and scoring to make it 4-0.
Chris Wondolowski, 6: Made a very nice dummy run to aid Zusi’s strike.
Kyle Beckerman, 5: The Real Salt Lake captain’s tournament debut as a late substitute yielded little action.
Patrick Pemberton, 4: Hard to say he was particularly at fault for any of the goals, but there’s no way Costa Rica isn’t missing Kaylor Navas.
Oscar Duarte, 4: Is a better player than he showed on Tuesday night.
Johnny Acosta, 4: Much the same goes for Acosta, who struggled with the movement of the US’ front three.
Francisco Calvo, 3: Didn’t make anyone forget about Kendall Waston. This was a big downgrade. Calvo could do nothing to make the US uncomfortable.
Cristian Gamboa, 4: The West Brom wingback was neutralized going forward, and withdrawn at halftime.
Ronald Matarrita, 7: Wasn’t excellent defensively – as usual – but was one of Costa Rica’s most dangerous players going forward, lining up mostly as a winger. He has an extremely bright future.