USA-Martinique Gold Cup Player Ratings

July 12 in Tampa
USA 3 Martinique 2. Goals: Gonzalez 53, Morris 64, 76; Parsemain 55, 74.
Att.: 23,368.
Expected U.S. improvement after a 1-1 tie with Panama in the Group B opener did not discourage Martinique, which rallied from two goals down and pushed the Americans right to the end of a nervous 3-2 victory.

USA-Martinique: Highlights

Jordan Morris doubled his U.S. goal tally by netting twice in a wild second half that produced five goals in 22 minutes following the second international goal by Omar Gonzalez that sparked the barrage.

A bad error by keeper Brad Guzan enabled Martinique to get on the board and some poor defending by Matt Hedges opened the door for its equalizer. Morris scored the winner by pushing the ball wide to Gyasi Zardes and racing forward to meet his return pass with a powerful shot.

USA Player Ratings:
Rating Player (Club) Caps/Goals
4 Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), 57/0.
Two good saves don’t make up for the long, low shot by Kevin Parsemain that slipped past him, but most of his work passed muster. The second goal was a fire drill not of his making yet he didn’t seem forceful enough directing the troops as Martinique roared back from a 2-0 deficit.

6 Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest/ENG), 12/0.
Consistently delivered balls up the line and into the channels, including a vital pass in the buildup to the third U.S. goal. Excellent run and low cross provided a chance that Morris finished. Composed and solid defensively most of the time but did cough up a ball in a bad spot that Parsemain nearly turned into a goal.

5 Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX), 42/2.
He wasn’t the dominant force one would expect against a mediocre opponent and he struggled to win balls and get in tackles at vital moments. Pounced on a rebound for his second U.S. goal, wasn’t able to get free on U.S. set plays.

4 Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), 4/0.
A bit slow to close down Stephane Abaul, whose pass to Parsemain set up the shot that evaded Guzan, and couldn’t stop Steeven Langil on a dribble preceding the second Martinique goal. Beaten in the air on a couple of occasions and made to look ponderous at times with the ball on the ground.

5 Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), 2/0.
May have saved a goal with a sliding challenge that deflected a Parsemain shot onto the post. Didn’t get in many crosses but delivered those that Zardes headed on frame and Agudelo bounced off a defender.

4 Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders) 1/0.
Not up to the pace in the first half, and uncertain as when to intervene and where to pass. Overpowered a couple of times by Johan Audel. Connected more passes in an improved second half though he lost the ball in a bad spot to a challenge he should have anticipated. Gutted out the final minutes after needing some treatment.

5 Kelyn Acosta (FC Dallas), 11/1.
Dropped too deep at times to concede extra space in front of him, but got forward often enough to set up a chance for Morris and find Juan Agudelo a few times. Like several teammates, lost duels to Audel. Nailed a few dangerous line-drive corners but also dropped several short of the danger zone. All in all, an improved yet incomplete display.

6 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), 34/7.
Hit-and-miss and haphazard, yes, but also a real nuisance Martinique could not handle. He set up two chances for Morris in the early going and swapped passes with Morris for the clinching goal. Ended the match limping after taking a few whacks inflicted as he held the ball to kill time.

4 Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX), 7/2.
Blasted a rebound over the crossbar from point-blank range, arrived at the back post a split second too late to head in a cross, first-timed a partial clearance that forced a save and rebound for Gonzalez to score. Decent game but not definitive. Limited success linking with forwards and central mids, not mobile enough defensively.

6 Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), 25/3.
Active and dangerous in the first half. A bit unlucky to get on the end of two passes and fire shots that were foiled by defenders. Spent much of his time ranging out to the flank and did well to last until the 85th minute.

7 Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), 18/4.
Put away a difficult near-post serve to double the U.S. lead, drilled his second goal into the top corner after playing the ball wide to Zardes and ghosting into the penalty area with a late run. Stuck to his task after a shaky beginning and took advantage when the opposition wilted.
5 Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), 63/2.
Jumped right into the fray to launch two shots; one was deflected and the other missed the target.
5 Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union), 3/0.
Got on the ball a few times to connect with teammates, took one ball to the byline under pressure to kill a few seconds.
NR Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), 8/0.
Slipped a pair of excellent passes into the channel during his brief stint.

(Ratings: 1-low; 5-average; 10-high.)
TRIVIA. Morrow’s second cap came more than four years after his first. He debuted for the USA in a 0-0 tie with Canada in January 2013. Also making their Gold Cup debuts were Roldan, Arriola, Hedges and Pontius.
July 12 in Tampa
USA 3 Martinique 2. Goals: Gonzalez 53, Morris 64, 76; Parsemain 55, 74.
USA –- Guzan; Lichaj, Gonzalez, Hedges, Morrow, Roldan, Acosta (Bedoya, 63), Arriola (Pontuis, 73), Zardes, Morris, Agudelo (McCarty, 85).
Martinique -- Olimpa; Vitulin, Delem, Cretinoire, Jean-Baptiste, Abaul, Herelle (Marajo, 78), Audel, Zaire (Nedra, 56), Parsemain, Arquin (Langil, 64).
Referee: Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica).
Att.: 23,368.

12 comments about "USA-Martinique Gold Cup Player Ratings".
  1. Kevin Leahy, July 13, 2017 at 7:05 a.m.

    It is time to look @ another goalie!

  2. Eric in DC replied, July 13, 2017 at 3:05 p.m.

    Bill Hamid should be playing. Not Guzan.

  3. Kent James, July 13, 2017 at 7:58 a.m.

    I think these ratings are pretty accurate; I was wondering where Lichaj has been (he had a series of injuries?) because I liked him the last time he was with the USMNT, and thought he played very well today (and since we seem to be short effective outside backs, that's a good thing). Morris certainly finished well. I thought Bedoya deserved a 6, the level of play improved when he came on. Never a flashy player, he often does what needs to be done in support of others (both offensive and defensive), and is usually pretty effective (like he was tonight.). Zardes seems to have gotten significantly better, with some nice moves and excellent crosses (and a variety of them, not just putting them into the box and hoping). He may have trouble against better competition since he still seems to let the ball get away from him more than he should. I know most people hate the commentators, but I also thought Holden and Donovan had some pretty good insights without becoming annoying.

  4. Tom Symonds replied, July 13, 2017 at 9:24 p.m.

    Strong, Landycakes and Stewie were all telling us that Martinique would wilt -- they didn't. But more importantly, what kind of a strategy is that? Our lads are professional footballers with most attached to MLS or Liga MX squads while the Martinique side are almost all amateurs! I mean, it's not like any of them play in Ligue 1 or the Bundesliga or the EPL -- they play in the Martinique Division d'Honneur, for cyring out loud. This should have been a walkover but instead it was a complete embarrassment for MLS and US Soccer.

  5. Eric Shinn, July 13, 2017 at 9:25 a.m.

    How on earth do you rate Arriola a 4 and Acosta a 5? Did Acosta even touch the ball more than three or four times that he didn't give it away to the other team? Meanwhile Arriola was VERY active through the entire first half, and his play led directly to several chances (not his fault those were squandered). If this tournament is nothing more than a glorified tryout for next year's Cup team, Acosta can probably go ahead and make vacation plans during that time.

  6. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, July 13, 2017 at 9:40 a.m.

    Actually I thought they were both pretty bad yesterday.

  7. Woody Woodpecker, July 13, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.

    This US team is beatable. Hedges,Roldan, Acosta, Mcarthy, are not world class players, far from it. I like Agudelo, but I'd play him as a wide winger on the right or left. I can only see 3-4 players from this group who could make the roster to Russia? However,as a Brit-Canadian as always, I wish the US the very best, as they will be one of the best in the world. Bank on it.

  8. beautiful game, July 13, 2017 at 12:07 p.m.

    W.W.; not in your lifetime. If a player doesn't contribute a consistent 75% of positives to the team, it's time to unload and look for someone who can.

  9. Greg Morris, July 13, 2017 at 3:08 p.m.

    Hedges and Gonzalez have been weak. I realize he scored but Omar drives me crazy. Defensively - off the ball he is flat footed and lacks the quickness and anticipation to react to runs and passes. More troubling, often he doesn't even seem to try. Zardes showing signs of life. Aguedelo one of our only players who seems capable of beating somone. Morris is what he is - strong, fast, relentless with a nose for the goal. We can always use one of those players on the roster. Arriola is feast or famine even within same game.Lichaj hopefully back in the mix.

  10. Chris Sapien , July 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

    Very little US field awareness the entire match! Tired of the unnecessary tika-taka attempts when if they had their heads on a swivel, they would know when they have time to turn and advance into space. Instead it's a 50-50 proposition every time we touch the ball off to someone in tight space. God forbid we actually know if there is someone pressuring when a pass is played to our feet. Sad.

  11. James Flood, July 15, 2017 at 7:28 p.m.

    Loan Agent: Larry Buknor
    Thank you.

  12. James Madison, July 16, 2017 at 9:53 p.m.

    Morrow deserved a 4 and Arriola and Agudelo both merited 5s. Zardes looked better than he is, as Martinique repeatedly gave him the space that with his lack of first touch and first thought he generally needs.

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