The striker and goalkeeper stood out as the Americans opened the Gold Cup with an otherwise forgettable performance against Panama
There wasn’t much to admire about the U.S. national team’s draw with Panama, but Dom Dwyer and Brad Guzan managed to offer a silver lining.
As the Americans opened the Gold Cup with a 1-1 draw Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee, Dwyer marked the occasion with his second goal in as many international appearances. Guzan, meanwhile, turned in a fine performance that will boost his case for the No. 1 role with the A-team.
Here are Goal ‘s full player ratings for the U.S. national team’s draw with Panama:
GK BRAD GUZAN , 8: Was commanding when called upon, making one lunging stop on Miguel Camargo and denying a Gabriel Torres header with a brilliant reaction save. Got unlucky on Panama’s equalizer.
D GRAHAM ZUSI , 3: Became increasingly exposed as the game wore on, struggling to stay tight on his man at the far post. Also could have offered more going forward.
D OMAR GONZALEZ, 6: Offered a confident aerial presence and made a critical last-gasp touch to deny Ismael Diaz’s point-blank effort.
D MATT BESLER, 5: Stepped up with some key defensive interventions, though he did get a little sloppy in the second half.
D JORGE VILLAFANA, 4: Had some decent moments going forward but his one-on-one defending left something to be desired.
M KELLYN ACOSTA, 4: His set-piece service was lacking, and he was uncharacteristically sloppy on the ball at times. Reacted a step too slow on Camargo’s strike.
M DAX MCCARTY, 5: Won some scrappy battles in midfield but was too casual on the ball, not doing enough to move possession along quickly.
M ALEJANDRO BEDOYA, 5: Brought his usual work rate on the right side of midfield, even if the final product wasn’t there. Was unlucky not to earn a late penalty.
M JOE CORONA, 4: Really struggled to find a rhythm in attack, not getting on the ball enough and struggling to make an impact when he did. Was hooked early in the second half.
M KELYN ROWE, 6: Was the most threatening player on the field for the U.S., testing Panama with a couple stinging shots and teeing up Dwyer’s opener. Did have a missed tackle in the buildup to Camargo’s equalizer.
F DOM DWYER, 7: Followed up his goal-scoring debut with his first competitive strike for the U.S., burying his chance after some smart off-the-ball movement. Also offered energetic hold-up play.
F JUAN AGUDELO, 5: Gave the U.S. a bit of energy after coming on before fading from the game.
M GYASI ZARDES, 5: Played a couple nice balls, though he also had some touches he’ll want back.
F JORDAN MORRIS, 4: Overcooked a left-footed cross on his one real opportunity to make an impact.