Jurgen Klinsmann's side secured a 4-0 win over their CONCACAF rivals in Nashville, Tennessee, in their final warm-up game before the Gold Cup.
Timothy Chandler shows why he belongs
While Chandler has impressed in the Bundesliga in recent seasons, his international performances have continued to flatter to deceive and, after a number of defensive errors in the opening 40 minutes, it looked like he was in for another tough night.
That was until the 58th-minute in Nashville, when the Eintracht Frankfurt right-back latched onto DeAndre Yedlin’s lay-off, took a few touches and then launched a speculator 30-yard shot which left Guatemala goalkeeper Paulo Motta with no chance.
Filled with newfound confidence, he would build on his goal with an excellent final half-hour in the attacking third of the pitch to suggest that the Gold Cup just might be his coming out tournament.
Defensive Mix Diskerud proves unconvincing
Cast in an unfamiliar role at the base of the diamond, the man known as Mix did just about enough to shield the back four but, having also looked uncomfortable at times, it remains to be seen how he will hold up against superior CONCACAF opposition.
Labelled a true No. 10 earlier in his career, the Norwegian-born midfielder has done a great deal of work to improve defensively of late but, at the same time, the experienced Kyle Beckerman still looks like the better holding option at this point.
That said, he continues to shine in possession, completing all 22 of his first-half passes and misplacing just one during his 60-minute outing.
DeAndre Yedlin's midfield brilliance continues
Having been used as a late-game weapon in recent matches, Jurgen Klinsmann opted to give Yedlin the start in midfield and the versatile speedster did not disappoint, looking like the USA’s most dangerous attacking outlet for long stretches of the game.
After a questionable start for Klinsmann’s men, the Tottenham Hotspur defender helped create the opener in the 20th-minute, blazing past Guatemala defender Wilson Lalin and whipping in a cross that Carlos Castrillo headed past his own keeper, before going on to set up Chandler’s second-half effort.
The debate still rages on over his best position but, after impressing in an advanced role for four straight victories now, the right wing could well be his long-term role with the States.
Gyasi Zardes shows his international class
The LA Galaxy forward might not be the finished product but he proved on Friday night that he is well on tracking to becoming a legitimate national team star.
Outstanding off the bench in the second-half, he helped change the game with his pace and direct running on the left flank, while also setting up fellow substitute Chris Wondolowski for the late fourth with a brilliant run and ball into the box.
With Graham Zusi failing to impress from the start, he just might have sealed a spot in the line-up for next week’s Gold Cup opener against Honduras.
Chris Wondolowski silences the critics
Almost a year to the day since his late miss against Belgium in the World Cup’s last 16, the 32-year-old striker silenced some of his critics with his 10th international goal, tapping in Zardes’ ball after finding space between two Guatemala defenders.
Numerous fans have questioned his continued inclusions in Klinsmann’s recent squads but, with his finishing instincts and veteran leadership, the 2013 Gold Cup’s leading scorer deserves his place on the roster.