RATING PLAYER (CLUB) GP/G
5 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG) 35/0.
Spent this game as a spectator -- besides coming off his line to snag a through ball in the 50th minute.
6 Tim Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER) 25/1.
Right back delivered the fine cross for Dempsey to head home the USA’s fourth-minute opening goal.
7 Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy) 27/1.
Central defender hit some nice passes, such as his long-range, cross-field ball to Gyasi Zardes in the 17th minute. He pounced to score the USA’s fourth goal after Bradley’s corner kick was nodded into the goal area by Johannsson.
5 Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX) 9/0.
Easily kept Cuban forward Maikel Reyes at bay.
6 Fabian Johnson (Borussia
Left back attacked from the get-go, initiating the attacking sequence on first goal. Assisted on Zardes’ 2-0 goal with well-flighted cross. Broke up a rare Cuban attack in the 54th minute.
6 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 12/2.
Wide right midfielder scored the USA’s second goal with a volley poke after meeting Johnson’s cross on the goal area’s edge. Should have scored in the 43rd when he chipped too high over out-of-position keeper Diosvelis Guerra.
6 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt
Sprayed a couple sharp passes to Bedoya. Quietly covered for Bradley.
7 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 103/14.
Can take credit for a creating a cohesive midfield. Assisted on Johannsson’s goal with a perfectly floated ball from the U.S. half over the Cuban backline. Intercepted a ball and stormed toward the goal to set up Dempsey’s third goal.
6 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA) 41/2.
A consistent threat on the left flank. Made smart decisions with his passes.
Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) 117/47.
Got the rout started with a fine header in the fourth minute from seven yards. Scored from the spot to make it 5-0. Completed his hat trick with a neat outside-of-the-foot shot on the slide.
7 Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/NED) 15/1.
Put USA ahead 3-0 with a golazo, chipping Guerra from 18 yards. Nodded Bradley’s corner kick to set up Gonzalez’s 4-0 goal. Drew the penalty kick that Dempsey converted.
5 Joe Corona (Veracruz/MEX) 16/2
Replaced Beckerman at halftime to play a supporting role to Bradley.
6 Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders) 22/1
Replaced Chandler at halftime at right back. Sent two good balls to Johannsson, including the cross that Johannsson was meeting when fouled by Angel Horta for penalty kick.
5 DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham/ENG) 21/0.
Replaced Johnson in the 67th minute and made some forays but without creating scoring chances.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)
July 18 in Baltimore
USA 6 Cuba 0. Goals: Dempsey 4, 63 pen., 77, Zardes 15, Johannsson 32, Gonzalez 45.
USA -- Guzan; Johnson (Yedlin 68), Alvarado, Gonzalez, Chandler (Evans 46); Beckerman (Corona 46), Bedoya, Bradley, Zardes; Dempsey, Johannsson.
Cuba -- D.Guerra, Vaquero, Corrales, Diz Pe, Horta, Clavelo, Perez (Coroneaux 58), Luis (Lopez 71), Napoles, Gomez (F.Guerra 76), Reyes.
Yellow Cards: Cuba -- Napoles 60, Horta 63.
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica).
TRIVIA: Clint Dempsey’s hat trick was the first of his U.S. career. He now has 47 goals, second on the all-time U.S. scorers’ list behind Landon Donovan's 57.