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Player ratings from the USMNT’s 3-2 win over Martinique

Kellyn Acosta, Nicolas Zaire, Jordy Delem

United States’ Kellyn Acosta, right, takes a shot on goal past Martinique’s Nicolas Zaire, center, and Jordy Delem (8) during a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


It wasn’t decisive and nearly fell apart, but the United States men’s national team emerged with all three points from its second match of the 2017 Gold Cup.

[ RECAP: USMNT 3-2 Martinique ]

Bruce Arena changed eight of his 11 starters for the match. Some thrived, some middled, and some struggled.

Starting XI

Brad Guzan -- 6 -- Strong first half, but needs to stop the first Martinique goal. He’s being measured against his predecessors.

Justin Morrow -- 5 -- Would like to see him again with the nerves out of system.

Omar Gonzalez -- 7 -- One of his better nights in a U.S. kit. Scored the opener in a gritty and instinctive way, and did not misplay any of his 23 passes.

Matt Hedges -- 5 -- Outran and out-of-position in the buildup to Martinique’s equalizer. Otherwise, just fine.

Eric Lichaj -- 7 -- Deserves to be in the discussion for Russia 2018, should they qualify, and proved it on Wednesday.

Cristian Roldan -- 6 -- A bit out of position but not overwhelmed on his debut. Composure wasn’t a problem, but performance was.

Kellyn Acosta (Off 62') -- 6 -- He remains a big part of the USMNT’s future, but it’s hard to say he’s built on a strong performance against Ghana.

Paul Arriola (Off 73') -- 7 -- Was missing the requisite finish but has made a definite argument to get more looks from Arena.

Gyasi Zardes -- 5 -- Gets credit for an assist on Morris’s second, but his industry was betrayed by his touch more often than not.

Juan Agudelo (Off 86') -- 6 -- Brighter than his compatriots in the first half, his work out left in the second was significant.

Jordan Morris -- 8 -- His dogged work was rewarded with a pair of goals in a performance which will hopefully snap him out of a long funk for club and country.


Alejandro Bedoya (On 62') -- 6 -- Helped set up second goal.

Chris Pontius (On 73') -- 6 -- Not a bad shift.

Dax McCarty (On 86') -- N/A

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