USMNT vs. Guatemala: Complete Player Ratings for Team USA
The United States men’s national team beat Guatemala 6-0 on Friday night in a warm-up friendly preparing for next week’s Gold Cup.
Here are your complete player ratings for the USMNT from the match.
Nick Rimando: 4
It’s difficult to say a goalkeeper had a bad game when they aren’t challenged over the course of 90 minutes. However, Nick Rimando’s most memorable moment of the game came in the 26th minute when a miscommunication between him and center-back Clarence Goodson almost resulted in a disaster for the U.S.
Rimando was caught in no-man’s land coming out to claim a through ball and tried to dribble the ball past a Honduras defender while 30 yards off his line. He lost the ball and, if not for a fortuitous foul call by the official, this comedy of errors surely could have cost the U.S. a goal.
DaMarcus Beasley: 8
Through the match on Friday night, DaMarcus Beasley was one of the bright spots for the U.S., even in the first 30 minutes when the team struggled to establish a rhythm in the game.
Beasley got forward over and over again joining the U.S. attack. He made terrific overlapping runs into the attacking third, provided numerous strong services into the Guatemalan area, earned several corners for the U.S. and was strong on the ball.
Clarence Goodson: 5.5
It was a mixed bag for Goodson against Guatemala.
On the negative side, he had a bad giveaway in the fourth minute of the game and was involved in the miscommunication with Rimando that could have easily resulted in a Guatemalan goal.
On the positive side, Goodson scored a goal with a nice effort on a loose ball from a corner kick late in the game and should have picked up an assist when he headed a ball on frame in the 21st minute and Kyle Beckerman somehow missed the easy finish.
Overall, however, Goodson’s performance against Guatemala will have U.S. fans continuing their prayers that Matt Besler and Omar Gonzalez stay healthy and will keep alive the questions as to why Carlos Bocanegra is not on this roster.
Oguchi Onyewu: 4
Nothing U.S. fans saw from Oguchi Onyewu would surprise them. In the air, Gooch was predictably excellent. He did his duties defensively and set up Goodson’s goal in the second half by knocking down the initial corner service.
However, Gooch also, as usual, did not seem completely settled on the ball while in possession. The most notable moment came in only the second minute of the match when Onyewu tried to dribble out of the back and lost possession, resulting in a Guatemalan counterattack.
Michael Parkhurst: 5
Michael Parkhurst did not have an outstanding performance on Friday in either a particularly positive or negative way. He provided nice width attacking out of the back and some service from the wing. He recovered very nicely to cover for a beaten Onyewu in the 17th minute and had a nice clearance on a Guatemalan dead ball in the 23rd minute.
His worst moment came in the 70th minute when he was beaten badly on the dribble and needed help from his teammates to bail him out of trouble.
Kyle Beckerman: 4
Had Beckerman played the entire match, his performance might have been rated much higher. Not because he would have played any better, but because fans would not have had the performances of Mix Diskerud and Stuart Holden to compare his performance to.
Beckerman had a few nice passes to open up the attack, but the U.S. looked to be a completely different team—in a good way—in the second half once he was taken off. He also missed a fantastic opportunity to get on the board when he missed an easy chance in the 21st minute.
Overall, Beckerman does not have the athleticism, quality or creativeness to earn any more chances in the U.S. midfield.
Jose Torres: 4
In his first opportunity with the USMNT in almost a year, Jose Torres was completely underwhelming. He was largely invisible for the entire first half and, like Beckerman, was completely overshadowed by the obviously better midfield performances of Diskerud and Holden in the second half.
Mix Diskerud: 7.5
Coming on as a second-half substitute, Diskerud was electric. He was active in the U.S. midfield, composed on the ball and repeatedly found space to make things happen.
Diskerud created an immediate connection with Brek Shea and set up the play that resulted in Landon Donovan’s goal in the 72nd minute.
Stuart Holden: 9
No one on the field on Friday night for the USMNT did more to up their stock than Holden.
After spending two years recovering from successive knee injuries, many U.S. fans have been salivating at the prospect of finally getting Holden back into the lineup. Against Guatemala, he did not disappoint.
Coming on as a second-half substitute, Holden brought the U.S. attack alive and repeated creating the combinations that broke down the Guatemalan defense. His ability to switch the field with 40- to 50-yard pinpoint passes made it impossible for the Guatemalans to defend the Americans, and Holden was involved on almost every dangerous sequence the U.S. created.
Joe Corona: 4
Many U.S. fans have been eagerly awaiting the first start for Joe Corona, believing that his playmaking ability could help ignite the U.S. attack. His opportunity came on Friday night, but he did not put in the kind of performance most fans were hoping for.
Corona was largely uninvolved, took too many touches on the ball when he did have it and gave away possession too easily. When the U.S. moved Corona from the attacking midfield position out wide around the 30-minute mark, the U.S. attack finally opened up—not because of his contributions, but by moving him out of the way.
Landon Donovan: 6.5
The much-anticipated return of Landon Donovan to the USMNT came on Friday, and he did not disappoint. Donovan took awhile to work his way into the game, but when he did, he created and finished opportunities for the U.S.
He scored once from the spot on a foul he drew and scored again in the 72nd minute in the run of play. Donovan also set up Chris Wondolowski’s goal.
He came off after 74 minutes.
Alejandro Bedoya: 5.5
After hitting top form for his club, Helsingborg, Alejandro Bedoya finally worked his way back into the USMNT picture. Bedoya only received 30 minutes to prove his worth, but he did provide decent service from the wing and, of course, got on the scoreboard with his strike in the 88th minute.
Edgar Castillo: 3.5
Edgar Castillo was given a chance against Guatemala to show that his subpar performances in June were a fluke. Unfortunately for Castillo, he did more to reinforce the idea that he can’t perform at the international level.
To be fair, he was deployed as a left midfielder instead of the left-back position he usually plays for his club, but he repeatedly lost possession and, most frustratingly, did so because of poor touches on more than one occasion.
Castillo did have a couple of nice combinations with Beasley, but seeing that Beasley continued to get forward well after he was withdrawn, that appears more due to Beasley’s efforts than Castillo’s.
Brek Shea: 6
After a frustrating spring full of injuries, Shea was brought on as a 60th-minute substitute to prove what he can do for the USMNT.
He formed a number of nice combinations with Diskerud and provided some nice service from the flank—particularly on his assist to Bedoya in the 88th minute.
Shea also showed a nice tendency to be positive and aggressive on the attack, something the U.S. has lacked over the past year.
Herculez Gomez: 6
Herculez Gomez struggled to work his way into the match early but was also starved of service for most of the first half. Shortly before the half, Gomez put the U.S. on the board with a nice back-post run and finish. He then helped the U.S. extend the lead with the service that resulted in the foul on Donovan and subsequent penalty.
Gomez was withdrawn in the 60th minute.
Chris Wondolowski: 5
On the positive side, Wondolowski finally put his awful international scoring form to rest, scoring a goal in the 71st minute. On the negative side, the shot was his only memorable touch in 30 minutes of play.
Will Bruin: 3.5
Will Bruin did not come into the match until the 75th minute, so an incomplete may be more fair, but he struggled to get into the match. He failed to get on the end of a number of services and lost possession too frequently.
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