It was a memorable night at Soldier Field for the U.S. men's national team, who had no trouble with Costa Rica in a 4-0 victory in the team's second match at the Copa America. Here's what to know from the match as well as the U.S. player ratings.
Things to know
1. Dempsey looked sharp
Clint Dempsey couldn't bag his chances in the opener but was much more clinical in this one, having a hand in all three goals, including scoring the first. It was a well-taken penalty kick, but what stood out was his role in the third goal.
With Bobby Wood and Gyasi Zardes, at times the U.S. attack is too pedal to the metal, but on Wood's goal, Dempsey was patient, circled around and played a perfect ball to Wood's feet. Check it out.
That is what a veteran who is creative in attack will do when given time, and the U.S. needs more of it. Because of the speed that Zardes and Wood have, defenders aren't going to close down on them as fast, giving them time for a quick turn and shot if they can pull it off. Wood did just that, and Dempsey was a big reason why.
2. Jones didn't play like a 34-year-old
Against Colombia, it seemed like Jermaine Jones could probably just hang up his cleats and be done and it wouldn't matter. He looked slow and his passing was off. On Tuesday, it was quite different. The energy looked to be there, as he grabbed a fine goal and delivered some lovely balls in the attacking third, including that late one to Bedoya. When Jones is on, this team can be good. Tuesday proved that.
3. Not done yet
Now, U.S. soccer fans like to jump the gun. A loss to Colombia results in "Fire Klinsmann" campaigns. A win over Costa Rica and "USA is No. 1." Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The three points were huge, as was the confidence that came with it, but this is far from over. Paraguay is likely to enter the final match against the USMNT needing a victory to advance, and if that happens, the U.S. is headed home. Still all to play for.
GK - Brad Guzan (6.0): Didn't make any mistakes, yet the Aston Villa man was tested very little.
DEF - John Brooks (6.5): The big man was quality and quick to clear. A strong presence at the back on this night.
DEF - Geoff Cameron (6.0): Did enough to stop Costa Rica and positioned himself well. A bounce-back performance.
DEF - Fabian Johnson (6.0): I still think he needs to play on the wing in attack. The defender was quick to get up the field on the counter and looked like a threat for most of the night.
DEF - DeAndre Yedlin (5.5): It was difficult to notice the Seattle, Washington product as he was called upon very little. A quiet night for a defender in a clean sheet isn't bad at all.
MID - Michael Bradley (6.0): The Toronto FC man gave the ball away much less but still didn't make an impact in attack. Controlled the ball well and helped start the counter though. Decent outing.
MID - Jermaine Jones (7.5): The star of the night for the U.S. Scored a fine goal, played some great balls forward and just looked full of energy.
MID - Alejandro Bedoya (6.0): Did enough but wasn't involved much. Was substituted off in the second half after receiving a little knock.
FWD - Gyasi Zardes (4.5): For the second straight game he offered nothing in attack. He won't start the Paraguay match, will he?
FWD - Bobby Wood (6.5): A strong performance. He had one golden chance and he took it. Also won the penalty that Dempsey scored. Made a positive impact on two occasions and was a big reason why the U.S. won comfortably.
FWD: Clint Dempsey (7.5): Bagged his penalty kick and set up the other two goals. Great job from the former Tottenham man, whose patience was key on the team's third strike.
Kyle Beckerman (N/A): Came on late to tighten things up in the middle.
Chris Wondolowski (N/A): Late sub to give Dempsey an early night.
Graham Zusi (7): Came in and scored. What more would you want?
Jurgen Klinsmann (8): He kept the same lineup as the opener and it paid off. Allowing Jones to roam up the field made a difference. A confidence-boosting victory.