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Gold Cup report card: US men's soccer finishes strong after rocky start

Published: Sunday, July 14 2013 12:49 a.m. MDT

Despite the unwelcoming pouring rain as the U.S. Men's National Team entered Rio Tinto on Saturday, the men in red and white pulled off a Gold Cup group game victory verses Cuba, 4-1.

Although the U.S. squad was off defensively and offensively for most of the first half, the home team held Cuba to one first-half goal. By fending off the Cuban attack early on, the United States kept the game within reach.

Starting forward Landon Donovan made a crucial, game-tying penalty kick in the waning moments of the opening half, which served as a momentum builder for the U.S.

The United States offense took off in the second half, and all three substitutions provided a spark off the U.S. bench. Forward Chris Wondolowski, who subbed in for Hérculez Gómez in the 58th minute, continued his hot, goal-scoring streak as he proved again his rightful spot in red and white.

Here's the breakdown of the U.S. squad by position groups as we look closer at the successes and failures from Saturday.

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