Tim Howard, 7 - Had little to do, for which he deserves some credit. And what little he had to do, he did. The yellow card was silly on the ref's part, but Guzan deserves a game anyway. Good thing this country produces goalkeepers like most produce people that make a living kicking a ball.
Brad Evans, 7 - Steady tracking back and useful on the overlap, Evans turned in his fullest performance ever with the national team. Matched Panama's physicality.
Omar Gonzalez, 6.5 - Let his marker slip behind him ball-watching on a close-call offsides trap. Still, he was in the heart of the best back-line performance of this cycle. He can always put out a few fires.
Matt Besler, 7 - He's the best American center back right now, plain and simple. Helped manhandle Panama on the few looks it got.
DaMarcus Beasley, 7 - His usefulness going forward was limited by Fab's near-constant cutting in to his right, but Beasley's scrambling ability fits right in with this back line. That's not an entirely good trait. Tuesday, though, he was all the US needed. The run for the shot off the post really turned the clock back.
Geoff Cameron, 8.5 - Surely there was some way that Jermaine Jones was going to be missed in this one. But Cameron's presence actually allowed us to see more of Michael Bradley's brilliance. Cameron made the center of the park an absolute non-entity for Panama's attack. Just stifling. I mean, damn.
Michael Bradley, 8 - He'd have a higher rating if Cameron gave him more work to do. Instead, he just conducted the American midfield from all angles, provided a sure-fire outlet for the back line and even harassed Panama's when he so chose. Bradley was much of the reason I began to expect every pass to fall to a US player's foot.
Eddie Johnson, 7.5 - Johnson was a constant threat down the right flank and his run, touch and shot on the second goal were class. His crosses weren't great, but he is surely a relative of Theodore Roosevelt.
Clint Dempsey, 8 - So Dempsey didn't score. The fact that that's an off-day for him now tells you just how close to world class he is. Provided the drive, flair and confidence that infected the rest of the attack when a workman-like 2-0 game turned into Olé time in the middle of the second half.
Fabian Johnson, 6 - Tracked back well enough and was the threat that he should be going forward, but his right-footedness hurt the entire attack at times. Good, not great and he should keep his starting spot for now.
Jozy Altidore, 9 - Remember all the wild-eyed expectations you put on his 16-year old shoulders when he first broke into MLS? Well, performances like this meet them. Yes, he always draws the double team but few men in the world burst through two markers at a time like he did yesterday. Altidore is a nightmare to stand up. With one winger, he's a problem. When the US plays with two, like it did yesterday, he's a very good bet score. He and Dempsey put into full bloom the hints of chemistry they showed when Altidore first suited up against Mexico in February 2007.
Brad Davis, NR - Did he touch the ball? He was a late-game sub against a tired team that struggles with crosses. That's what he should be.
Stuart Holden, NR - 90+' - Great to see him back. If he does return to full health and fitness, this midfield starts to get really loaded.
Joe Corona, NR - Came on. Looked competent with a still surging attack around him. Shall we all point and laugh at Mexico now as we wonder if he'd start for El Tri when he can't for the US?
Jurgen Klinsmann, 9 - The plan worked to near-perfection. Not only did he conquer a tricky matchup of pace, physicality, stern defense and decent technical ability, his players embarrassed that opponent in stretches without giving up much at the back. The first half had some questionable periods, but they were brief and this was surely the best performance of his tenure.
- Jacob Klinger