It was an underwhelming first half by the US before they got going in the second half. THe US moved the ball slowly and were caught late in the first half when Mario Martinez got behind the defense and setup Jose Ciprian. The US upped the tempo and earned a penalty kick when Edgar Castillo was fouled. Donovan finished the penalty easily to tie the game at halftime.
The US continued the high tempo and got their second goal when Joe Corona caught a ball sweetly from just outside the penalty box that curled around the Cuban goalkeeper and found the net. After that, the game opened up and substitute Chris Wondolowski added two more goals. The first came from Kyle Beckerman cross while the second was setup by Edgar Castillo and a lucky bounce that Wondolowski slammed home.
Here are my player ratings for the game.
He couldn’t do anything on the goal, but he did well distributing the ball.
He was solid and showed good attacking intent in front of his home crowd. In the rare occasions of one-on-one defending, he did well.
It could be argued he did not stay close enough to Ciprian on the goal, but he made a number of fantastic tackles that saved the defense.
A solid performance as he distributed the ball well and made no obvious major mistakes.
He was burned badly by Martinez on the goal for Cuba, but made good attacking runs especially in the second half including drawing the penalty for the equalizer.
Calm and tidy as usual. His cross for the third goal was a nice display of what he can do in attack.
His goal was the best of the bunch, but he made a number of good runs into the box from wide positions. While not necessarily stellar, he has been pretty consistent on the right wing.
It was a quiet game for him. His long balls were still impressive, but he had a couple of loose passes. A quiet game in his first US start in a couple of years.
He was poor for the first 25 minutes, but got more involved as the first half wore on, but he was never particularly menacing, leading to his substitution at half time.
Statistically, it was not his best game, but he provided good service on set pieces and in the run of play, made smart runs, and tracked back on defense. A quiet but still impressive performance.
He had a tough first half with some unfortunate calls. He did not get in many dangerous chances, but did setup a nice chance for Donovan, who was unfortunately offside.
Jose Francisco Torres–5.5
He added possession in the midfield and gave more space on the wing for Castillo.
He was good at holding possession, and showed some flashes including a shot from a corner that just missed.
It was another strong performance. He still needs to prove himself against stronger teams, but he has at least worked himself into the conversation for the World Cup squad.