It took a while to dominate the field, but the US men's national team finally prevailed against underdog Guyana and scored a 4-0 win in the group stage of the Concacaf Gold Cup ,
Wingers Paul Arriola and Tyler Boyd made sure that the visitors were always on their heels. The duo scored three goals and a template and could have counted a bit more ahead of their team-mates.
Zack Steffen (6.5) – The US Netminder was reduced to watching for most of the game, but came away with a solid stop when he was called.
Nick Lima (7) – Even if his cross-accuracy was not always optimal, the San Jose gave Guyana a hot time as he drove into the final third. Lima also slipped in to test the goalkeeper with a push forward and faced defensive challenges.
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Aaron Long (5) – The New York The Red Bulls center-back was largely secure with the ball and the positioning, but twice misjudged potentially dangerous flanks as they drove past the area. That can not happen if the opposition gets tougher.
Tim Ream (5) – After some solid defensive interventions, the Fulham veteran had some shaky moments in the background. Ream played it safe for the most part, but on tougher tests it would be nice if his splitting pass would return in a short time.
Michael Bradley (6.5) – The US skipper played his first game in a month, and the rust was evident in the first half on both sides of the ball. Bradley was clearly better after the break, both guarding the gate and passing. In the 51st minute, his typical diagonal-ball assistant provided him with some air for the second minute of play.
Weston McKennie (6) – The young Schalke definitely had his moments as a winger in the final third. For example, when his perfectly weighted entry-pass sent Arriola to the opener in the box. However, he can still be more consistent if he wins midfielder fights and controls the flow of the game.
Christian Pulisic (6) – The fresh Chelsea catch will be much better in the region, but its persistent attack in the middle of the field has opened the door to the big threats.
Tyler Boyd (9.5) – The new flanker terror in the scene was by far the best US player in the opening frame and was eventually rewarded with two well-scored goals. Boyd repeatedly backed behind Guyana's defense, scoring the right crosses, delivering tantalizing corner-balls, and even working hard to get back into the defense. Bravo and welcome aboard, sir.
Paul Arriola (8) – The constant exploitation of space by the D.C. Arriola celebrated a nice performance for the opening goal and repeatedly put the team in dangerous positions until he scored a late assist.
Gyasi Zardes (5) – His "Oopsy Daisy" Gate, set aside by Columbus, could have offered much more in attack. The effort was always there, but clumsiness in handling and selection prevented Zardes from achieving the required effect.
Coach Gregg Berhalter (7) – The boss asked for a methodical victory before the kickoff, and that's exactly what he got. Berhalter wisely crafted his right back crease and decided to send Lima directly down the flank instead of overburdening the central midfield. Since Ream acted as a left-back, paid off the plan eventually.
Wil Trapp (6) – The Columbus midfielder did not open the game with his usual traffic direction passports, but keeping to safe havens was enough.
Cristian Roldan (6.5) – As the US build began to fade, Roldan jumped off the bench to fetch the necessary juice. He also fought much better at his own end than in recent internationals.
Djordje Mihailovic (6) – In a short stint, the Chicago midfielder showed he was able to be a weapon for the late transfer during this tournament.