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KRIS LINDSAY - Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The USMNT defeated Costa Rica 1-0 to round out group play. Here are the match ratings.

Starting Lineup

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.
Alex H
Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:59 pm
Costa Rica played a very defensive game and I think that should be factored into the ratings. You can't expect attacking players to sparkle in this kind of game and you shouldn't reward defenders for the other team's lack of ambition. Give the forwards and mids an extra 1/2 pt and take 1/2 from the defenders (except for DeMarcus who played better than the 5.5)
Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:25 pm
I couldn't agree more with too high a grade for the short play of Corona and even Shea. Holden was causing havoc in the center of the pitch and Mix was steady in the center. Neither played as well as they did coming on in the first match but still strong enough to be called up for the "A" team. Torres had a few moments but not enough to make the Team a 5.5 is a fair rating. Holden 6, Mix 6, Shea 5.5. LD missed a sitter in front of the goal...he is usually calm but this time he rushed it and did poorly. For that I can't say LD is back..but he is getting there...

As for Wondo...all the goals were against MLS level Defenders...Costa Rica defenders and better teams will make us forget those 5 goals in 2 games. I was not as impressed with the defenders but they played a "good enough" game against a single striker...Maybe 5.5 each for the bunch!
Hunt Daddy
Wednesday July 17, 2013 11:03 am
Wow. Torres and Corona get 7s and Mix and Holden don't even get passing grades? Just because Torres connected a few passes in the midfield doesn't mean he had an outstanding game. He may flash a moment of brilliance in the final 3rd every now and then, but that needs to result in goals or, at the very least, clear cut chances to impact his grade. And Corona did nothing aside from his pass to Donovan.

Holden and Mix may have been quiet in the 1st half but they dictated the tempo of the match in the 2nd. Mix, especially, was very active on both sides of the ball. Also, I have to ask how come Klinsmann decided to pull Torres instead of Diskerud? Because Mix was playing better and having more of an impact on the match. He had a better game than Torres, period. The ratings should reflect that.

Torres: 5.5
Holden: 6
Diskerud: 6
Corona: 5.5

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