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

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

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Starters: Landon Donovan and Hérculez Gómez

Substitutes: Chris Wondolowski (58' replaces Gómez)

After shaking off the disappointment that sprung from starting Saturday's game on the bench, Chris Wondolowski followed coach Jurgen Klinsmann instructions.

Prior to the game Klinsmann told his player to keep his head up and save a couple goals for the second half. And thats exactly what Wondolowski did. Scoring in the 66th and 85th minutes, he came off the bench to help the U.S. pull away from Cuba.

As Wondolowski continued his national team hot-streak, Landon Donovan scored his second goal of the Gold Cup tournament. Both came off penalty kicks, and on Saturday Donovan's PK came at a critical time. With the first half coming to a close, a Cuban defender tripped up Edgar Castillo just inside the box to set up Donovan's penalty kick. The play was crucial to the game because Cuba carried the majority of the momentum for the opening 45 minutes.

Although the forward's play was a little sluggish early on, they more than made up for it in the second half.

Grade: A-
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