The United States Men's National Team were dominated in every aspect of the game and feel to Argentina 4-0. Lionel Messi led Argentina scoring on an amazing free kick in the 32nd minute and added two assists on the night. Argentina scored in the 3rd minute and never looked back or challenged at all in this one. The USMNT did not get off a single shot in the game.
USMNT v Argentina Player Ratings (out of 10):
Brad Guzan, 4 - Could not make up his mind to come out and grab the ball or not and got caught in no man's land with an easy header over his head for the opening goal. Tough to give up a goal in third minute in that fashion. Got beat on the Messi free kick goal but really cannot be blamed for the pinpoint perfect shot. Had one nice diving save on another Messi shot. Gave up a rebound for the third goal on a reaction save and cannot be blamed for the fourth.
DeAndre Yedlin, 4.5 - Nice run into the box in first half but could not find anyone on the cutback cross. Yedlin just could not find the right cross this tournament. Passing the ball literally to no one when pressure in defensive third. Struggled with the Argentina pressure when on the ball. Used his speed nicely to beat Messi to an open ball, literally the only player on the pitch that could have beaten Messi to the ball to save a possible goal.
Geoff Cameron, 5.5 - Not really at fault on any of the four goals. Moved to the midfield early in the second half, did OK there but could not find the possession or link up play whit the rest of the team.
John Brooks, 4.5 - Brooks could keep up his amazing play in the tournament in this one. He was not awful like the US mid and had some key interceptions and deflections but not the spotless performance the US needed. He got caught on the third goal letting Higuain run by and did not recover.
Fabian Johnson, 3.5 - Had a couple of shot deflections and takeaways defensively. Offensively, he was a horrible liability with constant giveaways. Not at all what you would expect from a Bundesliga midfielder.
Gyasi Zardes, 5 - Seemed to be the only player to touch the ball offensively in the first half. Used his speed well but could do anything with the ball in the corner twice early on, could have tried to earn a corner but instead lost the ball both times. Sent a couple of good crossed into the box but no one could get on the end of the ball. Set up Yedlin for a nice run. Faded in the second half when playing almost alone up top, but did not get any real service.
Michael Bradley, 1 - Overall it was just a horrid game from the captain. He consistently gave the ball away all over the field. Killed offensive attacks, dominated by the pressure in his face in the midfield, and gave away balls in the defensive third that led to chances and goals. His bad pass to Birnbuam to set up the fourth and final Argentina goal. Gave his usual hustle but could not handle the skill or pressure of Argentina.
Kyle Beckerman, 3 (off 60') - Ugly game for Beckerman who looked like he could not keep up. Did not offer much support in possession and just was chasing the game. Got caught in no man's land with Guzan in the opening goal.
Graham Zusi, 3.5 - Zusi struggled mightily in the offensive half. Tracked back defensively but could not provide any help going forward at all. he did not complete a positive pass in the attacking third all night.
Chris Wondolowski, 1 (off 45') - Fans were angry about his inclusion in the starting XI and Wondo only gave them a louder voice with this performance. His night was summed up in one sequence when he had a really bad giveaway in the midfield to Messi and then was yellow card for a take down leading to a free kick for Messi goal to make it 2-0. Subbed a halftime and rightfully so.
Clint Dempsey, 4.5 (off 78') - Really forgot Dempsey was out on the pitch for most of the game which is a bad sign for the USA. Dropped back to help defensively and did not get any real service going forward. Tough night for Dempsey but did not get any help at all.
Christian Pulisic, 4 (on 45') - Had the only scoring chance but still not sure if he was trying to shoot and horribly mishit it or was trying to pass. He has to shoot from 9 yards out down 3-0. Tried to make runs on the ball to challenge the defense but no real success.
Steve Birnbaum, 2 (on 60') - Served a poor ball from Bradley and did not handle it well. The ball fell to Messi and to a fourth and final goal.
Darlington Nagbe, 5 (on 78') - Not much Nagbe could do down 3-0 in the 78' but showed energy some ability to posses the ball.
The US Men's National Team defeated Ecuador 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Copa America for the first time since 1995. Clint Dempsey scored the opening goal for the US in the 22nd minute on a beautiful headed ball on a pinpoint cross by Jermaine Jones.
Jermaine Jones was given a straight red card in the 52nd minute for putting his hands in the face of a Ecuador player after a second yellow card foul by Ecuador's Luis Valencia. Both teams played the 10-men from that point forward.
Gyasi Zardes scored the USA's second goal in the 65th minute on what could be the easiest goal he ever scores. Besler sent a cross into Zardes and the ball fell to Clint Dempsey who held off a defender and lunged to send a roller to the far post. Zardes was left alone to just tap the ball into the net to give the US a 2-0 lead.
Ecuador would pull one back in the 74th minute off a free-kick that Ecuador's Michael Arroyo put past Brad Guzan and into the lower corner. The USMNT held on desperately in the final minutes of the match and held on to win 2-1 to advance to the semifinals.
The USMNT will play the winner of Argentina vs Venezuela Tuesday at 9 PM ET.
USMNT v Ecuador Player Ratings (out of 10):
Brad Guzan, 8 - Came up big on a stop right before the half. Came out of net nicely when required. Little he could do on the lone Ecuador goal.
Fabian Johnson, 6 - Switched to RB with the absence of Yedlin. Struggled at times with the skill of Ecuador but handled himself. Did not have many chances to get forward after the opening minutes of the game.
Geoff Cameron, 7.5 - Another solid game from Cameron. One awful clearance early that setup a chance for Ecuador but other than that it was a good game for Cameron.
John Brooks, 9 - Let's start with the negative first, almost had an own goal late on a mishit that ricocheted off Guzan and out for a corner. Other than that Brooks has been a wall on the back line. He made a sliding shot deflection about 8 yards out and was all over the place with clearances. Brooks has had an amazing tournament thus far.
Matt Besler, 7 - Started a LB and dealt nicely overall with the skill of Antonio Valencia. It was a decent cross to Zardes that setup the second and deciding goal.
Gyasi Zardes, 6.5 (off 94') - Zardes had a solid work-rate, worked to get back and scored the winning goal. All good things. The bad is his passing, vision and just not effective attacking option as he could be.
Michael Bradley, 6.5 - Sent a great long ball to Dempsey to start a solid scoring chance for Bedoya. Had a bad giveaway just outside the 18 but recovered. Better second half. Going to be interesting to see what the captain can do in the semifinals against Argentina more than likely.
Jermaine Jones, 5 (red card 52') - Should have been a much higher grade with his intensity and the beautiful cross to Dempsey for the opening goal, but he has to maintain his composure and cannot afford to get a straight red card for no reason at all. The US should have been playing 11 on 10 with a goal lead, but now Jones will be forced to miss the semifinal match
Alejandro Bedoya, 5.5 (off 81') - Tracked back. Gave up a lazy foul that setup the lone Ecuador goal. Could have taken his shot better or laid it off to Wood but he challenged the keeper by putting it on frame. Bedoya will have to miss the semifinal game due to yellow card accumulation.
Clint Dempsey, 8 (off 74') - Came up big in a big game. Hit the header perfectly to give the US the lead. Set up the second goal to Zardes and could have had another assist to Bedoya.
Bobby Wood, 7.5 - Gave the Ecuador backline fits all night with solid runs. Wood's runs set up both US goals on the night.
Kyle Beckerman, 6.5 (on 74') - Did his job after coming on filling up the midfield and just pestering Ecuador
Graham Zusi, 6.5 (on 81') - Gave energy and fresh legs to a team that needed it
Steve Birnbaum, N/A (on 94') - Last second sub
The United States Men's National Team clinched a birth in the knock out round of the 2016 Copa America with a 1-0 win over Paraguay. Clint Dempsey found the back of the net in the 27' off a Gyasi Zardes cross for the lone score of the game.
Costa Rica surprised Colombia with a 3-2 victory giving the USA top seed for Group A. The US will face the second place team from Group B in the quarterfinals Thursday, June 16th in Seattle at 9:30 PM ET and will air on Fox Sports 1.
USMNT Player Ratings (out of 10):
Brad Guzan, 9.5 - Came up with a couple huge back to back saves in the second half and quick to come out and cut off the angle on a one on one challenge.
DeAndre Yedlin, 3 (red card 50') - Got forward nicely in the first half but could not find the right cross. Managed to get two yellows in a 60 second span. Simply cannot afford to lose your cool and put your team in that situation in an elimination game and now Yedlin has to sit out the quarterfinals.
Geoff Cameron, 7.5 - Constant steady force on the back line.
John Brooks, 9.5 - Brooks got caught on one run by Paraguay that Guzan bailed him out but overall what a game for Brooks. Only play that is keeping him from a 10 out of 10. Singled handily he stopped a 3 on 1 and was all over the defensive third with constant key clearances and stopping build up play. Huge game from Brooks.
Fabian Johnson, 5 - Johnson looked to get forward all night. Gave up a 3 on 1 break in a scoreless game trying to steal the ball in the attacking third but Brooks bailed the entire team out. Not the best defensive night from Johnson.
Alejandro Bedoya, 6 (off 75') - Another quiet night for Bedoya offensively. Tracked back but nothing of note.
Michael Bradley, 6 - Served the ball the Zardes nicely in the goal build-up. Came up big defensively in the opening minutes. Other than that it was another night of looking backwards on the ball and hustling in the middle of the field. Not a great game from the captain but no key mistakes, still hope for more in the quarters.
Jermaine Jones, 6.5 - After an amazing game versus Costa Rica, Jones showed great hustle and energy again just did not have the magic as the previous game. Got a bit chippy at the end of the game, hoping he is in form for the next game.
Gyasi Zardes, 6.5 - Great run and cutback cross to set up Dempsey for the winning goal. Just another frustrating game from Zardes who should lik ethe Costa Rica game was set up perfectly to score inside the 18 but could not put a ball on frame. This time Zardes could not get a shot off at all. Good speed and better control, just could be better given his athleticism.
Clint Dempsey, 7.5 (off 50')- Notched his 51st international goal to give the US the win. Took the shot nicely and timed the run perfectly. Tracked back in attempts to get the ball. Had to be subbed off early due to the Yedlin red card.
Bobby Wood, 7 (off 83') - Wood worked hard all game. Was left alone up top after the USMNT were forced down to 10-men. Earned several fouls and showed energy and hustle.
Michael Orozco, 6 (on 50') - Came on after the Yedlin red card. Had some shaky moments but came up with some clearances. Decent shift and keeping the backline solid after coming on.
Graham Zusi, 7 (on 75') - Again showed great energy after coming on as a sub. Several nice steals and runs. Jones and Zusi had missed communication that could have started a dangerous counter-attack.
Kyle Beckerman, 5 (on 83') - Horrible foul just outside the 18 a minute after coming on. Decent long distant effort late.
The US Men's National Team came out on fire against Costa Rica in a match that the USMNT could not afford to lose otherwise faced elimination from the 2016 Copa America. The US jumped to an early lead on a Clint Dempsey penalty kick in the 9th minute after Bobby Wood was pushed down trying to get a head onto a DeAndre Yedlin cross. Jermaine Jones added a second goal in the 37th minute after he stole the ball in the midfield with high pressure. Jones slotted it home low at the far post after Dempsey was putting on a dribbling display just outside the 18 yard box. Bobby Wood added another goal just before the half on a turn and shot from a Dempsey pass.
Substitute Graham Zusi capped off the night in the 87th minute after he stole the ball in the Costa Rican defensive half, found space and put the ball past the keeper to give the US a fourth goal on the night. The game ended with the scoreline USA 4 - 0 Costa Rica.
USMNT Player Ratings (out of 10):
Brad Guzan, 7 - Solid game from the US keeper. Not tested all that often but kept a clean sheet in a game the US needed to get a result.
DeAndre Yedlin, 5.5 - Got caught napping a few times in the first half as Costa Rica found space down his side, but used his speed to save him. Badly mishit a clearance that Costa Rican striker Joel Cambell just missed the net.
Geoff Cameron, 7 - Shaky give-away early but settled down and was a solid force on the backline again.
John Brooks, 7.5 - Overall a good game for Brooks. Showed great composure with the ball inside his on 18 after a Zardes mishit. He did lose Bryan Ruiz for an opener header that hit the post.
Fabian Johnson, 7 - Solid box-out on two attackers to keep them from getting a head on a cross. Solid defensive night for Johnson. Looked to get forward much more than he did versus Colombia.
Alejandro Bedoya, 6.5 (off 82') - More of a quiet night for Bedoya but did what he needed to helping out defensively.
Michael Bradley, 6.5 - Also a quiet night for the captain Michael Bradley, which after a horrible game versus Colombia is not necessarily a bad thing. Tidied up his giveaways and was a steady force in the midfield.
Jermaine Jones, 9 - What a game from Jones. He was all over the field, offensively and defensively. Took his goal nicely and well deserved after a pure hustle takeaway in the midfield. Showed incredible desire and hustle to knock down a cross inside the box to break up a Costa Rica counter attack. Well deserved Man of the Match award.
Gyasi Zardes, 5.5 - Should have scored on a great pass by Dempsey but he put it well over the bar. Tested the defense constantly and made runs to keep the defense honest. Helped defensively but some poor touches and giveaways also almost cost the US.
Clint Dempsey, 7.5 (off 78') - Solid game for the US striker. Dempsey was dangerous all night leading constant counterattacks. A goal and two assists (generous assist on the Jones goal) is a great night for Dempsey. Took his penalty well to get the US on the right footing in the match.
Bobby Wood, 7 (off 70') - Struggled early on the wing. Cautious decision making and giveaways killed several attacks. Moved more centrally and found more success and earned several free kicks. Took his goal really nicely.
Graham Zusi, 8 (on 70') - Great hustle from Zusi and effort to steal the ball and knock home the last goal.
Chris Wondolowski, 6.5 (on 78') - Created space for Zusi's goal with a nice run to draw defenders but quiet, short shift for Wondo.
Kyle Beckerman, 6.5 (on 82') - More of a cameo for Beckerman.
The US Men's National Team lost 2-0 to Colombia to kick off the 2016 Copa America. Colombian Cristian Zapata opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a solid volley off a corner. Zapata was able to get away from Geoff Cameron to knock home his first international goal. Colombia added a second goal on a 42-minute penalty kick by James Rodriguez. Colombia earned the penalty when DeAndre Yedlin was penalized for a hand ball in the box. The game would end with the 2-0 score line and Colombia begins the group stage with a solid 3 points.
The US had 11 shots on the night but could only manage two on goal, both by Clint Dempsey. Dempsey put a header on goal from a Bradley corner kick which was saved off the line by a Colombia defender and a beautiful curling free kick that Colombian keeper David Ospina kept out with a diving save.
The USMNT will next face Costa Rica on Tuesday in the second group stage match. The game will air on Fox Sports 1 at 8 PM ET.
USMNT Player Ratings (out of 10):
Brad Guzan, 6 - Not much Guzan could do on either goal. Some shaky moments coming out and looked timid on the Colombian breakaway that rang the cross bar. Did show solid hands on several long shots to not allow any chance at a rebound.
DeAndre Yedlin, 4.5 - Charged with a handball in the box that lead to the second Colombian goal. Did not see much service going forward. Showcased his speed tracking back but has to have more of an impact and find a way to get crosses into the box.
Geoff Cameron, 5 - Saved the US several times by tracking runners and using his speed and physicality. At fault for the first and deciding goal however. Cameron cannot lose his man in the box on the corner and let him hit a volley from just outside the six yard box.
John Brooks, 6 - Decent night for the young centerback. Forced to be the primary distributor of the ball all night and could not find anything looking forward.
Fabian Johnson, 5 - Really a quiet night for the Left Back. Made no impact going forward. Did a decent job holding Juan Cuadrado in mostly in check.
Alejandro Bedoya, 4.5 (off 86') - Disappointing night for Bedoya who looked solid in the warm-up games. Sent a decent volley chance into the upper deck. Part of a midfield that showed little connection.
Michael Bradley, 3.5 - Extremely disappointing night from the captain. Maybe a bit harsh but countless giveaways, included one that led to the penalty kick. Could not find any balls forward at all and played countless balls back to Cameron and Brooks. Again showed his lack of ability to be accurate from distance. Bradley simply has to be better if the US have any chance going forward in the tournament.
Jermaine Jones, 4.5 (off 66') - Struggled with the high pressure at times. Could not find any link up play going forward or space to work. Little impact in this game unfortunately for the veteran.
Gyasi Zardes, 5 - Showed his pace early on but Wood could not find space with a nice forward ball. Completely quiet in the second half. Needs to be consistently aggressive and show against better international competition. Did not find a chance for a single shot on goal.
Clint Dempsey, 6 - Responsible for the only shots on goal and one shot from distance that just missed the post. Solid shot from the free kick that forced Ospina to make a diving stop. showed energy but saw no service in the box during the run of play.
Bobby Wood, 4.5 (off 66') - Showed energy in the opening minutes of the game but completely faded before being subbed off.
Darlington Nagbe, 5 (on 66') - Could not find the magic he showed the previous two games. Pressured offensively and defensively but did not prove the be the factor that changed the game after coming on for Jones.
Christian Pulisic, 5 (on 66') - Did not see much of the ball during his time and when he did he could not find any space to work.
Graham Zusi, 5 (on 86') - More a cameo for Zusi but made no impace after coming on late.