7 DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG)
Defensively, the right back won battles with Stefano Cincotta. Attacked constantly and set up Zusi’s early second-half goal.
6 Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United)
Solid in the central defense that limited Guatemala to four innocuous shots.
8 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG) 39/4
Lobbed the pass down the middle that bounced off Zardes and into Dempsey’s path for the first goal. Headed home the 2-0 goal. Handled all his defensive duties with aplomb.
5 Edgar Castillo (Monterrey/MEX) 18/0
Left back wasn’t tested much. After venturing forward early in the first half stayed back during the second.
6 Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) 33/4
In the first half: Shot a free kick into a one-man wall and over-hit a corner kick so bad it almost went out for a throw-in. But scored on his first touch in the second half.
8 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 112/15
Kept midfield cohesive, won balls in Guatemalan half, and delivered fine free kick for Cameron to head home. The blemish: Yellow-carded for foolish midfield foul and will be suspended for next qualifier.
5 Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake)
Partnered well with Bradley while sweeping in front of the backline.
5 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 22/3
Plagued by mis-traps and poor touches -- but managed two assists: He deflected off his chest the ball that reached Dempsey on the first U.S. goal and his mis-touch of Yedlin’s pass set up Zusi’s goal.
8 Clint Dempsey
(Seattle Sounders) 121/49
Dynamic in the center forward role, enabling the USA to keep Chapines’ backline under pressure, and hammered home the 1-0 from 15 yards. Set up Altidore’s goal.
6 Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER) 16/4
Won possession to start sequence on first goal and drew the foul for the free kick that led to the second. Horribly mis-trapped a pass from Bradley that set him up for a clear scoring chance.
6 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) 93/34
Nice crisp finish to make it 4-0.
5 Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC) 3/0
Won corner kick after flying down the right flank on counterattack. Robbed of goal by bad offside call.
nr Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER) 1/0
The 17-year-old, who entered in the 81st minute, became youngest American to play in a U.S. qualifier. After stealing the ball, had a promising run halted by a foul that wasn’t called.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)
TRIVIA: Clint Dempsey’s goal gives him 14 in World Cup qualifying, breaking Landon Donovan’s record of 13. Jozy Altidore’s strike moves him even with Donovan.
March 29 in Columbus, Ohio
USA 4 Guatemala 0. Goals: Dempsey 12, Cameron 35, Zusi 46, Altidore 89.
USA -- Guzan; Yedlin, Birnbaum, Cameron, Castillo; Zusi (Pulisic, 81), Beckerman, Bradley; Zardes (Finlay, 71), Dempsey, Wood (Altidore, 66).
Guatemala -- Motta; Jimenez, Hernandez, Castrillo, Morales; Marquez, Contreras, Icute (Ruiz, 46), Cincotta (Pappa, 46), Saravia; Tinoco (Martinez, 74).
Referee: Valdin Legister (Jamaica).