It was a tougher game for the US than Panama, but a strong second half performance led them to a 1-0 victory that puts them in a strong position of qualifying for Brazil. The first half was defined by slow build-up play, but the second half saw the US speed up and create a number of chances including what looked like a handball until the US scored in the 73rd minute when Fabian Johnson picked out Jozy Altidore in the box. The US is now off for the summer until September although the Gold Cup will offer a number of players important chances to make their final push to the World Cup squad.
Here are my ratings for the game.
He was superb as he made the save when he needed it to as Najar got a break away late in the half.
He had a good header in the second half. He is a good option at right back defensively, but Cherundolo and Chandler offer better attacking which may make it hard to keep his spot.
Defensively, he was awesome, but he had a bad give away and in the first half he did not move the ball away.
Almost identical performance to Gonzalez. He defended well, but had a terrible giveaway that led to the Najar chance.
He was the most consistent crosser of the ball. He got the assist and gave the team necessary width.
He was poor in the first half, but picked things up in the second half. He still had some poor distribution and was definitely not at his best.
As always, he was the metronome for the team. He distributed the ball wonderfully. If there is any criticism was him skying the ball on a chance that fell to him.
It was a tale of two halves for Zusi. First half, his touch was slow and he was passive and had some poor crosses. The second half he was superb. He attacked defenders and generated a number of chances before the goal came.
He seemed a step off in the second half as nothing he did seemed to connect. He was more active in the box in the second half, but he draws lots of attention.
He was more quiet than against Panama, but he made smart runs and had a good volley chance in the first half. It remains to be seen what his best position is.
He was quiet in the first half, but in the second half he got more touches and was opportunistic on his goal. He had another good shot that forced a strong save.
He was composed and calm as he helped seeing the game out.
He had good run to draw a foul and made a number of good crosses.
He had a short cameo to finish off the game.