USA player ratings v Honduras: Clint Dempsey bails out his teammates

Clint Dempsey

The former Tottenham Hotspur forward bagged a brace as Jurgen Klinsmann's men secured a 2-1 win over Honduras in their Gold Cup opener.

Brad Guzan 7/10 – Made a couple of excellent first-half saves and could do little about the Honduras goal. Could have been punished late on after flapping at an 82nd-minute cross but had no problems otherwise.

Timothy Chandler 4/10 – Another questionable performance from the Eintracht Frankfurt right-back, who impressed going forward but had a torrid time attempting to contain winger Andy Najar. Also sloppy in possession and outshone by replacement Brad Evans.

Ventura Alvarado 4/10 – Clear he possesses a great deal of potential but looks far from ready for a starting role. Skinned on a number of occasions by the opposition, including on Carlos Discua’s 69th-minute consolation goal.

John Brooks 4.5/10 – A bad night for the German-born stopper, who was poor on the ball and pulled out of position on Honduras’ goal, creating the space for Discua to break into the area.

Fabian Johnson 6/10 – Caught up the pitch a few times but was solid on the whole and should have had an assist on a perfect pass to Yedlin in the 31st-minute that the Tottenham Hotspur defender was unable to finish.

Kyle Beckerman 5/10 – Not his usual reliable-self on this occasion, getting overrun in the midfield and misplacing several simple passes.

DeAndre Yedlin 5/10 – Made a great run on the earlier mentioned Johnson chance but otherwise did not do enough in attack to make up for his various defensive mistakes.

Gyasi Zardes 4/10 – After a starring substitute performance against Guatemala, the LA Galaxy forward failed to impress as a starter, getting exposed defensively and failing to offer much in the attacking end.

Michael Bradley 6/10 – Earning his 100th cap, the USA skipper’s set piece deliveries led to both of his side’s goals but he could not make the same kind of impact as in recent friendlies.

Clint Dempsey 7.5/10 – Opened the scoring in the 25th-minute with a simple finish, before adding his second just after the hour with a powerful header. Was not involved as much on the ball as he would have liked but made himself a nuisance for the Honduras defence throughout.

Jozy Altidore 4/10 – Had a decent start but faded after the first 20 minutes and looked off the pace before going off for Wondolowski in the 59th-minute outing.

SUBSTITUTES

Chris Wondolowski (Altidore 59) 6/10 – A threatening presence with his work rate and positioning but saw no real chances.

Brad Evans (Chandler 63) 6/10 – Made a case to start with a strong defensive showing, bailing his teammates out with a goal-saving challenge 15 minutes from the end.

Graham Zusi (Zardes 86) 6/10 – Showed a few good touches in his cameo but almost cost his side dear at the death with a poor back pass that led to a golden chance for Honduras.

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