USA player ratings v Guatemala: Yedlin and Zardes show that speed kills

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Jurgen Klinsmann's men cruised to a 4-0 win in Nashville, Tennessee, in their final warm-up game before the Gold Cup.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Had one or two moments where his rustiness seemed to show but came up with some big saves as well to preserve the clean sheet.

Timothy Chandler 6/10 – It looked like it was going to be another difficult night for the German-born defender after a rough defensive start but he turned things around in the 58th-minute with a spectacular long-range strike to make it 2-0. Instilled with newfound confidence, he ended up having a standout final half-hour.

Omar Gonzalez 6/10 – A solid, if unspectacular, first-half showing in the heart of defence, which should have been enough to earn him a place in the starting line-up for the upcoming Gold Cup.

John Brooks 6/10 – Like his centre-back partner, was not tested much but looked assured enough and impressed with his distribution out of the back.

Fabian Johnson 7/10 – Looked like the USA’s most dangerous attacking outlet during the first-half but the debate over whether he should be at full-back or on the wing still rages on.

Mix Diskerud 6/10 – Used at the tip of the diamond, the versatile midfielder did enough to help shield the defence but, having also looked uncomfortable at times, it remains to be seen how he would hold up against superior opposition.

DeAndre Yedlin 7.5/10 – Given the start in midfield, the Tottenham Hotspur man looked confident on the ball and created the opening 20th-minute goal after sending a quick cross into the box which Carlos Castrillo headed past his own goalkeeper. Also provided the assist for Chandler’s second-half goal with a cutback pass to cap an impressive night.

Graham Zusi 5/10 – Work rate cannot be faulted but failed to show much of an attacking spark in his 45-minute outing.

Michael Bradley 7/10 – Impressed again in his new role as captain, driving the team forward constantly and winning a 71st-minute penalty for deposed skipper Dempsey to convert. A promising sign for the weeks ahead.

Clint Dempsey 6.5/10 – Looked sharp despite coming off a three-game suspension and finished his spot-kick with a sublime panenka.

Jozy Altidore 5/10 – Missed the chance to open the scoring from the spot in the 17th-minute after being brought down in the box and appeared a tad off the pace during his 68 minutes on the pitch. Not an awful performance but disappointing considering how he has feasted on CONCACAF opposition in the past.


Greg Garza (Johnson 46) 7/10 – A late call-up for the injured Brad Davis, the Mexico-based left-back justified his place in the squad with an impressive second-half performance. Might have even convinced Klinsmann to push Johnson up the field.

Ventura Alvarado (Gonzalez 46) 6/10 – Still raw and learning but his talent his obvious. The Gold Cup has perhaps come too soon for a regular starting role, though.

Gyasi Zardes (Zusi 46) 8/10 – Outstanding off the bench, helping change the game with his pace and direct running, while setting up fellow substitute Wondolowski for the late fourth with a driving run down the wing.

Tim Ream (Brooks 61) 7/10 – Proved he deserved more minutes under Klinsmann with a solid defensive shift that included a last-gasp clearance to help maintain the clean sheet.

Alfredo Morales (Diskerud 61) 5/10 – Failed to make much of an impression after replacing Diskerud for the final 30 minutes, having made a bad start after conceding a foul on the edge of the box.

Chris Wondolowski (Altidore 68) 7/10 – Silenced some of those questioning his inclusion with his 10th international goal four minutes from the end, tapping in Zardes’ pass after finding space between the Guatemala defenders.

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