USA player ratings v Haiti: Guzan solid, Altidore awful

Jurgen Klinsmann USA

Clint Dempsey's 47th-minute strike was enough to hand Jurgen Klinsmann's side a 1-0 win in Friday night's second Gold Cup group game.

Brad Guzan 7/10 – Haiti’s struggles to hit the target left him with little to do in the first-half but did make a crucial one-on-one save near the hour to keep out Duckens Nazon and preserve the lead. Also looked alert throughout and proved unbeatable on crosses.

Brad Evans 5/10 – Reluctant to get forward for most of the match and struggled to cope with Haiti’s pace down the right after the interval. Far from the USA’s worst performer but still a game he will want to put behind him.

Omar Gonzalez 6/10 – Dominant in air but had several questionable moments on the ball and was caught out of position on Nazon’s chance. Made up for that, though, with a few big clearances towards the end.

Tim Ream 5.5/10 – A rather mixed outing for the Bolton Wanderers defender, who committed one awful giveaway in the first-half and was left for dead on the previously mentioned Nazon chance. Bailed out Garza on several occasions, though, and came up with a crucial shot block late on.

Greg Garza 4.5/10 – Had a hand in setting up the winner with a lobbed ball to Zardes but it was otherwise a difficult night for the Mexico-based defender. Struggled to get forward and committed a string of defensive miscues before going off for Johnson.

Graham Zusi 4/10 – Work rate was commendable as usual but failed once again to make much of an impact in the final third. At this point, his chances are running out.

Michael Bradley 6/10 – Did little wrong over the course of the 90 minutes but not his usual talismanic-self in a deeper midfield role either.

Mix Diskerud 6/10 – All over the place during the first-half but managed to settle down after the break to produce some excellent defensive work. Impressive on the ball again too, completing 91 per cent of his passes.

Clint Dempsey 7/10 – Not involved as much as he would have liked, much like the Honduras game, but was in the right place at the right time to deliver a strong finish for the 47th-minute winner.

Aron Johannsson 6.5/10 – Should have opened the scoring in a first-half but saw his effort ruled offside for no apparent reason. Deserved a goal on his record too, having impressed throughout with his work rate and movement.

Jozy Altidore 2/10 – Almost invisible in the first-half before being pulled off for Zardes at the break. After three straight lacklustre performances, his starting place might even be under threat.

SUBSTITUTES

Gyasi Zardes (Altidore 46) 7.5/10 – Made in immediate impact after coming on with a neat assist for the winner and proved a real handful for the Haiti defence with his pace and direct running.

Fabian Johnson (Garza 67) 6/10 – Shored up the defence and provided his side with some much-needed width going forward.

Kyle Beckerman (Johannsson 83) 6/10 – A late introduction to help preserve the three points.

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