USA player ratings v Ecuador: John Brooks and Clint Dempsey earn top marks

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Ecuador  at USA

Jurgen Klinsmann's side secured a 2-1 win in Seattle to progress to the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Ecuador  at USA

Brad Guzan 7/10 – The Aston Villa keeper couldn’t do much about the goal and made several saves, including a huge stop on the stroke of half-time, to help secure the USA’s passage to the semi-finals.

Fabian Johnson 6.5/10 – Did well to limit the effectiveness of Jefferson Montero but failed to offer much going forward.

Geoff Cameron 7.5/10 – The Stoke City man had a couple of somewhat shaky moments but was otherwise excellent, making several crucial clearances over the course of the night.

John Brooks 8.5/10 – The 23-year-old centre-back continued his fine tournament by producing another superb performance, keeping Ecuador’s attack in check with some fearless last-ditch defending.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Ecuador  at USA

Matt Besler 6.5/10 – Put in a commendable shift out of position at left-back, even helping create Zardes’ winner with an excellent cross into the box.

Michael Bradley 6/10 – Committed some poor turnovers in the first half but improved after the break once Ecuador started ramping up the pressure. Still, it wasn’t the kind of effective performance we’ve come to expect from the skipper.

Jermaine Jones 5/10 – Shown a straight red card seven minutes into the second half for pushing Ecuador's Michael Arroyo in the face during a melee. Had been playing relatively well before his dismissal.

Alejandro Bedoya 7/10 – Linked up play impressively in midfield and did plenty of excellent defensive work. Did squander a couple of good scoring chances, though.

Gyasi Zardes 6.5/10 – The LA Galaxy forward made up for some typically frustrating moments when he bagged what proved to be the winning goal in the 65th-minute.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Ecuador  at USA

Bobby Wood 7/10 – Couldn’t get on the scoresheet but still gave the Ecuador defence some real problems with his relentless running and movement.

Clint Dempsey 8/10 – Gave the US lead in the 22nd-minute with his third goal of the tournament before going on to set up Zardes for the second. Calls for him to be dropped after the opening loss to Colombia look somewhat misguided now.


Kyle Beckerman (Dempsey 74) 6.5/10 – Help shore up the midfield for the final 16 minutes.

Graham Zusi (Bedoya 81) 6.5/10 – Came up with a couple of big defensive stops to help the US see out the game.

Steve Birnbaum (Zardes 90) N/A – Only on the pitch for the dying seconds.

Soccer: 2016 Copa America Centenario-Ecuador  at USA

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