RJ DEMELLO - Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The US Men's National Team opened up their Gold Cup campaign with an easy 6-1 victory over Belize.
While the performance wasn't always the best, it was a positive one and one to build on heading into the team's next match against Cuba. Here's how I thought the players fared on the evening.
Nick Rimando- 7 - The lone goal was certainly of no fault to the Real Salt Lake man. Other than that he did everything you could ask for, especially with standing around for most of the match. He held the ball, didn't allow second chances, and made a beautiful save late on to prevent a second goal.
Michael Parkhurst- 5 - A very up and down outing for Parkhurst. He was inconsistent going forward and was at fault on the Belize goal. Yet he did have his quality moments including the assist on Chris Wondolowski's third goal.
Michael Orozco Fiscal- 7 - Gets the goal bump with his second half header. Played solid at the back you rarely noticed him, which isn't a bad thing as a defender. He may have played his way into securing the right center back spot for the tournament.
Clarence Goodson- 6.5 - Had a solid night at the office, though that was to be expected with the opponent. The most interesting part of his performance was his continuous, especially in the first half, pattern of dribbling the ball into the Belize half. Against a team that is sitting behind the ball, having a center back that can draw a defender because he can play a ball in attack is a great asset.
DaMarcus Beasley- 6.5 - The captain played a good efficient game, providing quality on both sides of the ball. Always active he was never a liability while providing essential width against a packed in opponent.
Joe Corona- 6.5 - He had his struggles in the first half, but an improved second half and key plays give him the rating. The Tijuana man had his header blocked off the line and to Wondolowski for the opener. Then in the second half he played in the great initial cross to Donovan that he headed down for Stuart Holden to put in the back of the net.
Kyle Beckerman - 6 - Always does what he is asked to do. Provided his usual cover in front of the back four and made some decent passes around the park in his one half of play. Don't expect him to go anywhere in the coming games.
Mix Diskerud - 6.5 - I thought he had a good outing especially in the first half. Played some great passes and seemed to turn up all over the field. He was lucky to be able to continue after the two footed tackle from Trevor Lennan.
Jose Torres- 5.5 - Continues to show flashes of what we expect out of him but doesn't seem to be able to put it all together. He played the initial cross on the first goal but faded out of the match as it went on. He seemed to find it difficult to get into the game from the left hand side.
Landon Donovan- 7.5 - Had another great game, showing that he still possesses that extra bit of class that this team so needs. A goal, an assist, and active play throughout hopefully translate to a great tournament and a place back with the "A" squad for the LA Galaxy man.
Chris Wondolowski- 8 - The score line speaks for itself, three goals is three goals no matter who it's against. His nose for goal is evident but his rating wasn't higher because the other little things away from goal didn't seem to be there. Let's see how much playing time he gets the rest of the tournament.
Stuart Holden- 6.5 - Two very good 45 minute performances seem to make Holden a lock to start once Klinsmann feels confident in his fitness. He plays quickly, finds teammates, and can sneak in for a goal just like he did tonight. Let's see what kind of role he plays against Cuba in a few short days.
Brek Shea- 5 - Didn't have much of an impact in the time he spent on the field. Needs to improve his crossing and acknowledge that his right foot exists before he is to take the next step in his game. He didn't do himself many favors in the case for more playing time as the tournament roles on.
Alejandro Bedoya- 6 - Very active throughout his time on the field, despite the lack of tangible end result. He did draw (though it was a rather harsh call) the penalty kick that Donovan then converted. He most likely will remain one of the first guys of the bench moving forward.