Apologies to whoever invented Spanish.
The U.S. answered a lot of questions and silenced some rightful (and overanxious) doubts Saturday night, even if there was almost nothing to take from the game tactically. At least, I wrote as much.
My player ratings though are for NSC eyes only.*
Brad Guzan 7 Missed a punch in the 54th minute but otherwise gave Costa Rica nothing in nightmarish conditions. Somehow got snow in his lack of hair.
DeMarcus Beasley 7 A royal pest on either side of the ball. When he was beaten he recovered immediately and his pace pushes los Ticos back in attack.
Clarence Goodson 7.5 Looked more agile in the ankle-deep snow than he does in many matches on dry land. Dominated on headers and was no-nonsense in distribution.
Omar Gonzalez 7.5 Steady in the air and smart on the ground, he covered for Cameron when necessary and made hesitant attackers pay. Taking a late elbow and blasting a free kick clear about summed it up.
Geoff Cameron 5 Added energy if nothing else going forward but was lost and caught in possession too often on Oviedo. Isolated Zusi and disbalanced the attack in the process.
Jermaine Jones 6 At times, tried to do a little too much on the ball and his elbow to Ruiz's face was stupid. Evened it out with some of his too much actually working and covering vast amounts of snow-covered space.
Michael Bradley 8 He can do and does many things for the Nats. Last night, he did them all, shielding the back line when needed and nudging the attack forward when it stalled and hardly put a touch wrong doing so.
Herculez Gomez 7 Played with the work rate of a winger and the positioning of the pensive striker he is. His flank was a point of strength nearly all night combining with Jones and Beasley.
Clint Dempsey 8 The team's playmaker, game-winner and captain put in a vintage performance as a constant outlet and created off the dribble with no help from the referee. He did sh*t.
Graham Zusi 5.5 Faded in and out of the attack, didn't add much and his flank was the source of most of Costa Rica's early success. Playing in front of Cameron didn't help.
Jozy Altidore 8.5 Man of the Match. His hold-up play was the greatest difference between the teams. Without Altidore the possession battles are fought 10-20 yards closer to the U.S. goal.
*It was very snowy.
- by Jacob Klinger