Here are player ratings for the USA’ 4-0 win over Guatemala on Tuesday night in Columbus.
Brad Guzan, 6 – The goalkeeper had very little to do on a night which the US dominated. There is still very little between Guzan and Tim Howard ahead of the Copa America.
Edgar Castillo, 4 – Castillo still doesn’t look comfortable with the US. He was fine once he settled into the game, but didn’t make much of an impression.
Geoff Cameron, 8 – The center-back headed in his third goal in five for the national team, and put the game out of reach.
Steve Birnbaum, 6 – It was a solid competitive debut for Birnbaum, who recovered from an early blow to the head to play a part in the clean sheet.
DeAndre Yedlin, 6 – Yedlin is looking every bit the part of a Premier League full back these days. His defending has improved immensely, and he should be an automatic starter on the back-line going forward.
Kyle Beckerman, 8 – Beckerman executed his role with typical know how and tenacity. Still the US’ most reliable #6, and a player Jurgen Klinsmann seems to trust more than most.
Michael Bradley, 8 – The US’ best player on the night. Bradley was all over the field, and his combative spirit was welcome – though it did result in a yellow card that will see him suspended for the next qualifier.
Graham Zusi, 8 – Zusi was given the mantle of savior with his late call-up and deployment by Klinsmann, and repaid the deservedly under-fire coach with his best performance with the national team since the World Cup.
Bobby Wood, 4 – Wood looked a little out of sorts on the wing. Worked hard, but we’ve seen better from him.
Gyasi Zardes, 5 – A truly strange night for Zardes, who notched two assists in strange fashion. He wasn’t his sharpest, but did affect the game.
Clint Dempsey, 7 – Opportunistic and clinical when called upon to settle everyone’s nerves early on, Dempsey showed why he’s still very much a vital part of the US setup.
Jozy Altidore, 6 – The Toronto FC man could have used a goal, and wasn’t shy about getting one. A successful cameo.
Ethan Finley, 5 – It was nice to see Finley feature for the national team on his home field – and he should have had a goal to mark the occasion.
Christian Pulisic, 6 – Now cap-tied to the US, the Dortmund man made a series of good runs and could have had a late goal had things broken his way.
Paulo Motta, 5 – The hero of four nights ago didn’t have much chance in Columbus, as the Guatemalan defense mostly imploded around him.
Cristian Jimenez, 3 – Jimenez did okay one-on-one, but picked up a first half yellow card for his trouble.
Moises Hernandez, 2 – Would have expected more composure from an MLS player, but Hernandez was all over the place in the first half.
Carlos Castrillo, 2 – No better than Hernandez.
Rafael Morales, 5 – Morales was perhaps a little bit better than his defensive teammates, and some of Guatemala’s better work came down his side – but that’s not saying much.
Jean Marquez, 4 – The captain was in a prickly mood, going back and forth with Bradley on several occasions but coming nowhere near matching his impact.
Jose Contreras, 5 – One of Guatemala’s better players on the night, but he had no help.
Mafre Icute, 3 – Made no impact, and was substituted for Carlos Ruiz at halftime.
Stefano Cinocotta, 3 – Guatemala would have been better off starting Marco Pappa.
Rodrigo Saravia, 3 – Nothing much to speak of. Another player who’s place might be in jeopardy before this team’s do-or-die game in Port of Spain in September.
Gerson Tinoco, 3 – Tinoco tried to pick up the slack for the rent-troubled Ruiz, but he did little to merit his inclusion.
Carlos Ruiz, 6 – A truly surreal figure. Cutting a figure resembling the Brazilian Ronaldo, Ruiz was the best thing to happen to Guatemala once he entered. He’ll be remembered by US fans long after he’s gone.
Marco Pappa, 6 – His skill on the ball was sorely lacking in the first half, and, despite the success that they’ve had without him recently, the decision not to start the Colorado Rapids star was a head-scratcher.
Luis Ariel Martinez, 5 – Martinez came on late, and hardly saw the ball.
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