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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Starter: Nick Rimando

Nick Rimando was outstanding as always. He saw significant action in the first half, but was tested less often in the following 45 minutes of play.

The single goal scored against Rimando, by Jose Alfonso, was unstoppable from the dangerous positioning allowed by the U.S. defense. Rimando made a huge slide tackle in the 81st minute after Tony Beltran went down while defending in the box. This save preserved the 3-1 U.S. advantage, keeping a safe distance from Cuba. Rimando also had several key punch-outs and was smart when forced to play the ball with his feet.

Grade: A
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