Bedoya stands out as U.S. gets 3-0 win vs. Nicaragua to top Gold Cup Group B

Bedoya stands out as U.S. gets 3-0 win vs. Nicaragua to top Gold Cup Group B
From ESPN - July 15, 2017

It took a little longer than expected, but the United States did what it had to do to win Gold Cup Group B with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua on Saturday evening at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.


Out of the three group-stage matches, this was the best performance from the U.S., which really is not saying that much. Yet there were some positives, namely Alejandro Bedoya and Kelyn Rowe in midfield. Matt Miazga and Matt Besler also worked well as the two center backs and could be the pair that lines up in Wednesday's quarterfinal.


Two missed penalties will not make coach Bruce Arena happy at all, especially with the knockout round looming. The U.S. team's disconcerting trend of letting the tempo drop after a bright first 10-15 minutes will also agitate.

Manager rating out of 10

6 -- Arena elected to field a completely new squad from the 11 that started against Martinique and had a chance to evaluate all his field players. He faces some big decisions ahead of the quarterfinal.

Player ratings (1-10, with 10 the best -- players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Bill Hamid, 7 -- Comfortably dealt with any potential danger. Was really pressed into making a save only once in each half. Seemed to communicate well with his center backs.

DF Jorge Villafana, 6 -- Probably not as clean as Arena would like. Gave away a couple of cheap balls early but improved in the second half.

DF Matt Besler, 7 -- The Sporting Kansas City man had the look of a leader on a back line that has been much-maligned in this tournament. Read the game well and had good chemistry with center-back partner Miazga.

DF Matt Miazga, 7.5 -- A well-taken goal when the U.S. needed a third. Outside of one instance in which he was beaten by Juan Barrera, Miazga answered the call. His composure belied his lack of international experience.


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