The ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward's hat-trick helped the USA record a comfortable 6-0 Gold Cup quarter-final win, as his former Seattle Sounders teammate and current Spurs defender DeAndre Yedlin made an impressive cameo.
Brad Guzan 6/10 – A pair of safe hands on the rare occasions that Cuba threatened – and rare might well be an understatement.
Timothy Chandler 6/10 – Provided a fine left-footed cross for the opener before leaving at half-time with what a team spokesman described as “right knee soreness”.
Omar Gonzalez 6.5/10 – Had almost nothing to do at the back and notched his first international goal off skipper Bradley’s corner-kick just before the break to make it 4-0. Likely done enough to keep his starting spot for the semi-finals.
Ventura Alvarado 5.5/10 – Talent is evident but so are the mental mistakes. Had one poor turnover in the opening stages and gifted Cuba their best chance of the match in the second-half after falling asleep on the ball.
Fabian Johnson 7/10 – A real handful down the left flank, setting up Zardes’ 15th-minute finish with an excellent far-post cross. Withdrawn for Yedlin with 23 minutes left.
Kyle Beckerman 6/10 – Back to his assured-self after a couple of poor outings, completing all 29 of his passes before being rested for the second-half.
Gyasi Zardes 7/10 – Bagged his second USA goal following a fine run and finish, while looking bright on the right-hand side of midfield throughout.
Alejandro Bedoya 7/10 – Continues to cement his status as one of the first names on Jurgen Klinsmann’s teamsheet with his skill and drive in the attacking third. Even filled in at left-back after Johnson exited.
Michael Bradley 7/10 – Was involved in three of the goals on the night, providing a wonderful long ball for Johannsson’s strike which stood out as the main highlight of the match.
Clint Dempsey 8.5/10 – Took his USA goal count to 47 with his first international hat-trick, heading home a fourth-minute opener, converting a spot-kick after the hour and completing the scoring 12 minutes from the end.
Aron Johannsson 7/10 – Scored a wonderful chip just after the 30-minute mark and teed up Gonzalez’s goal 13 minutes later with a smart header across goal. Went on to earn the second-half penalty after being brought down in the area but allowed his strike-partner the honours.
Brad Evans (Chandler 46) 6/10 – Put in a solid shift at right-back, both going forward and in defence, while providing the cross that led to the PK.
Joe Corona (Beckerman 46) 6/10 – Made his first appearance of the tournament in an unfamiliar holding role but gave a good account of himself for the most part.
DeAndre Yedlin (Johnson 67) 7/10 – The Tottenham Hotspur man's lightning pace caused Cuba’s defence all kinds of problems in his 23-minute midfield cameo, although his crossing still needs some refining. Seems to be settled into the role of late-game weapon at this stage.