By Paul Kennedy
The USA tuned up for the Gold Cup with a 6-0 over Guatemala. It got particularly strong performances from Landon Donovan and Stuart Holden, who are both trying to play themselves back into the team after long layoffs.
RATING PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake) 7/0. In his first appearance in almost 18 months, Rimando
had little to do against a team that didn't put a shot on goal.
Michael Parkhurst (Augsburg/GER) 12/0. Didn't often attack down the right side. Beaten at the end line on one of the few Guatemalan threats in the second half.
6 Clarence Goodson (Brondby/DEN) 36/4. Scored on the second bite of the apple after being denied at short range on great chance he created for himself. Had powerful
header off Corona corner kick in the first half.
5 Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting/POR) 67/6. Showed rustiness after long layoff. Lost ball
to Minor Lopez on one of the few dangerous moments for the USA in the first half. Won initial header on play that resulted in Goodson's goal.
Beasley (Puebla/MEX) 104/17. Appointed captain for the Gold Cup, Beasley set the tone with an energetic performance from beginning to end. Was involved in second goal that started second-half
5 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake) 26/1. Played the more defensive role in midfield during his 45-minute stint with Torres. Had to cover when
Minor Lopez broke free between Goodson and Onyewu early in the game.
6 Jose Torres (Tigres/MEX) 21/0. After a bad giveaway early in the game,
Torres settled down. Saw a lot of the ball in the first half and played perfectly flighted ball that found Gomez at far post for the first goal.
Donovan (LA Galaxy) 145/51. Started the game on the right side of midfield but later switched roles with Corona and moved into the middle of the attack. Scored a penalty kick after he was
pushed down in the box and added a second goal on a volley off a cross from Holden. Showed off open-field moves when he cut across the field to slot the ball into the penalty area that deflected off a
Guatemalan defender for Wondolowski to put away.
6 Edgar Castillo (Tijuana/MEX) 11/0. Jurgen Klinsmann has been preaching his players to use the
wings to break down opponents that like to defend with numbers, and Castillo did a job working with Beasley to create chances down left side. Also started play that resulted in first goal.
6 Joe Corona (Tijuana/MEX) 5/0. Started the game in Clint Dempsey's role as the second forward playing behind Gomez up front, but he came into the game when
he switched roles with Donovan. Showed Dempsey-like ability off the ball with his run that helped free Gomez for opening goal. Played great ball that Donovan volleyed straight at Jerez. Won 50-50 ball
that Gomez then played into the area for the Donovan penalty. Also worked hardly defensively.
6 Herculez Gomez (Tijuana/MEX) 22/6. Started the game
as the lone striker and opened the scoring when he fired home Torres' cross at the far post. Showed mobility when he drifted wide to play in cross that resulted in the penalty for a foul on Donovan in
7 Stuart Holden (Bolton Wanderers/ENG) 18/2. Did everything but score -- and almost did that with long-range shot shortly after he entered the game. Played a
beautifully chipped ball Donovan out away for his second goal and put Shea free on play that led to sixth goal.
6 Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR) 4/1.
Won a lot of balls in midfield to get the U.S. attack going in the second half.
6 Chris Wondolowski (San
Jose Earthquakes) 12/1. Scored his first international goal with the easiest of chances. Also nudged ball on that Holden played to Donovan for USA's fourth goal.
6 Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg/SWE) 15/1. Had a rather quiet game until he came forward to put away sixth goal in 88th minute.
6 Brek Shea (Stoke City/ENG) 17/0. In what will be his only appearance of the summer before returning to Stoke City, Shea caused havoc for the Guatemalans with his size and speed on left
wing. Finally rewarded for his efforts when cross found Bedoya for sixth goal.
4 Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo) 2/0.
Saw fair amount of the ball as the USA started to run up the score but he would probably like some of touches back.