Out possessed, out shot, out played. That sums up almost the entire 2015 Gold Cup tournament for the United States Men's National Team. The USMNT fell to Panama on PKs 2-3 after the teams played to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation and neither team could manage a goal in extra time.
Panama out shot the US 25-5 in a match where the United States looked disinterested for more than an hour. Panama scored first when their striker Nurse carved by Tim Ream and John Brooks with ease and slotted home the goal easily in the far post by a helpless Guzon. The United States managed an equalizer from Clint Dempsey after a great lay off from DeAndre Yedlin. The United States managed to stay close after goal line clearances from Tim Ream and Fabian Johnson and multiple saves by Brad Guzon.
Fabian Johnson, Michael Bradley, and DeMarcus Beasley failed to convert on their penalty opportunities as the US made only 2 out of 5 PKs. Dempsey and Aron Johansson were the lone conversions for the US. The loss marks the worst finish in any Gold Cup competition for the US.
The USMNT fail to reach the finals of the Gold Cup after falling to Jamaica 2-1. Two first half goals were enough for Jamaica to hold on and claim the victory. Michael Bradley scored the lone US goal as they fail to reach to Gold Cup Final for the first time in 6 tournaments. Jamaica will play Mexico in the final on Sunday after the Mexican side won a controversial match over Panama, 2-1. The United States Men's National Team will host Panama at 5 PM on Saturday in the 3rd place match.
Extreme disappointment all around for the USMNT after their unexpected exit from the Gold Cup. This is only the second time the US have ever lost to Jamaica and the first time on home soil. The lose means that the US will have to play a playoff with the winner of the Jamaica vs Mexico match to determine who will move onto the Confederation Cup in 2017.
Player Ratings (out of 10)
Brad Guzan, 2 - Jamaica managed three shots on goal, scoring on two. Can question his position on the first goal but the second goal lies squarely on his shoulders. He can make excuses, and I agree i have never seen the call, but his hand ball for carrying the ball outside of the 18 is inexcusable at this level.
Brad Evans, 6 - Evans may have been a surprise starter as Chandler had been the choice RB as of late, but Evans carried himself well. Showed solid defense and tried to orchestrate out of the back line. Nothing special but it was a solid showing for the Sounder player.
Ventura Alvardo, 3- It's a bird, it's a plane, no its a rainbow throw in falling over Alvarado's head. Caught watching the first goal where he could have at least attempted to move to Not pressured much. Some tired defending late but overall it was a setup from what he has shown thus far in the Gold Cup.
John Brooks, 4 - Allowed Jamaican striker Mattocks to win the header for the first goal. Brooks has to be more physical and deny the long throw to find its destination. Scored his first goal as a USMNT member off a corner showing good awareness. Solid defensively, some careless giveaways but much butter showing from a back line against a Cuban side that was not looking to be aggressive.
Fabian Johnson, 6 - Made runs forward and provided a dangerous curling shot. Provided solid defense but yielded too much space to allow for room to cross on a pair of attacks.
Gyasi Zardes, 4.5 - Did not see much of the ball. Had a solid chance forward on a loose ball in the box but could not put the ball on target. Gave away a dangerous free kick just outside the back while tracking on defense. First touch is difficult to watch on multiple occasions.
Kyle Beckerman, 4 (off 66') - Looked slow against the Jamaican speed. Gave away multiple free kicks due to missed times tackles just outside the box. Received a yellow on one of these challenges. Slightly better in the second half until coming off for Diskerud. Raises the inevitable question of how much longer Beckerman will be part of the national team after showing his age and lack of pace.
Michael Bradley, 5.5 - Scored the lone goal to pull the USMNT back within one goal. Showed energy and urgency to pull the team even. Put some dangerous balls on goal to test the Jamaican goalkeeper Ryan Thompson. Needed to be better overall, caught in possession several times from behind and overall captained a losing battle against a foe they should have defeated.
Alejandro Bedoya, 5 (off 77') - Makes dangerous runs but as he continues to show he leaves his crosses leave much to be desired. Simply needed to be better and more accurate.
Clint Dempsey, 5.5 - Several chances, including seven shot attempts, only to be stonewalled time and time again by the Jamaican USL keeper. Showed hassle in keeping the ball alive for the Bradley goal. Overall an off night but again the most dangerous player for the USMNT.
Aron Johansson, 4 (off 73') - Solid turn and shot to lead to the Bradley goal, however he again showed his lack of finishing skill in front of goal. How in the world did he not finish the rebound header from 6 yards out. Instead he sent it into the stands. Good energy just his touch is disappointing.
Mix Diskerud, 5 (off 66') - Solid defensively when coming on to kill Jamaica's counterattacks but did not provide the offensive prowess required in this match.
Alan Gordon, 5 (on 73') - Provided a large target for long balls and gave Dempsey a terrific back pass for a shot on goal, but could not find the finishing touch.
DeAndre Yedlin, 4 (on 77') - Provided initial impact but also a pointless foul to allow Jamaica to kill time.
Player Ratings (out of 10)
Brad Guzan, 8 - Not asked to do much but showed nicely when he needed to come out to grab the ball.
Timmy Chandler, 5 - Great assist on the first US goal with the cross to Dempsey. Other than that, there were his typical poor give aways and a week foul right before half. Still not good enough to be everyday RB. Subbed off at half for Brad Evans.
Ventura Alvardo, 6 - Not pressured much. Some tired defending late but overall it was a setup from what he has shown thus far in the Gold Cup.
Omar Gonzalez, 7 - Scored his first goal as a USMNT member off a corner showing good awareness. Solid defensively, some careless giveaways but much butter showing from a backline against a Cuban side that was not looking to be aggressive.
Fabian Johnson, 7 - Great assist on the Zardes goal. Looked to get forward in the first half, needed better connection with Bedoya but looked dangerous. Quiet second half before being subbed off for Yedlin.
Gyasi Zardes, 6 - Starting at RM made a great run to score in the 15th minute. Made some really nice runs throughout the game. Needed a better touch on some plays but overall good game for the Galaxy forward.
Kyle Beckerman, 6 - Solid on defense. Great long ball to Bedoya. Subbed off at halftime for Corona.
Michael Bradley, 8 - Great game from the captain. Several nice long balls and assists. Came close to scoring himself. Cuba game him time and he made them pay. Controlled the game nicely.
Alejandro Bedoya, 7 - Solid game. Grade could have been even higher. Made some really nice runs but could not get his cross off several times. Played solid defense after switching to LB after Yedlin came on for F. Johnson.
Clint Dempsey, 9 - Hat Trick! Great game from the US forward. Again showing his finishing skills and being dangerous up top.
Aron Johansson, 7 - Great chip shot goal after a well timed run. Could have scored multiple more times but his touch let him down. Showed movement and connections with Bradley and Dempsey which will be key to the US moving forward.
Brad Evans, 7 - Proved his defensive presence and passing ability going forward.
Joe Corona, 6 - Newest member of the Gold Cup squad did well defensively in filling in for Beckerman in the final 45.
DeAndre Yedlin, 6 - As usual showed his great pace and willingness to challenge defenders. Final ball was lacking several times which he needs to improve.