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USMNT player ratings: Robinson, Acosta star in Gold Cup Final takedown of Mexico

The US men’s national team reclaimed the Concacaf Gold Cup on Sunday night thanks to a blue-collar, "get 'er done" display that resulted in a 1-0 final victory over arch-rivals Mexico.

Miles Robinson was always there to bail them out when the visitors raided the US area, and then he capped his star showing with the winning goal just as the game looked certain to reach penalty kicks.

Here's how Gregg Berhalter's troops fared against El Tri.

United States Men's National Team Player Ratings

Matt Turner
Goalkeeper · USA

After getting away with a bad ball-handling flub in the opening moments, Turner got back to usual business. Most of the New England backstop's five saves were fairly simple, but his full-stretch denial of Rogelio Funes Mori in the first half was a doozy.

George Bello
Left back · USA

The Atlanta United left back didn't have much impact getting forward, but his defensive work was key in the shutout. Bello repeatedly made El Tri's dynamic right-siders Jesus Corona and Luis Rodriguez work extra hard to produce minimal service from the flank.

Miles Robinson
Center back · USA

For 120 minutes, the Atlanta United center back was where the buck stopped. Time and time again, Robinson made just the intervention that was needed. To top it all off, he nodded home the 117th-minute winner to become just the second American to lift the US past Mexico in a Gold Cup final.

James Sands
Center back · USA

For most of regulation time, the New York City FC man struggled with Mexico's ground game. While Sands fared well with his aerial challenges, there were tough turnovers, lost marks and iffy clearances. However, after about the 70th minute, the youngster significantly tightened things up at the back.

Reggie Cannon
Right back · USA

The Boavista right back never really looked to get forward, but deserves plaudits for his emergency interventions. Cannon single-handedly shut down some dangerous Mexico chances with his transition defense and area challenges.

Sebastian Lletget
Central midfielder · USA

Once again, the LA Galaxy midfielder’s field-tilting link game went missing in action. Lletget did make himself useful with some strong track-back defense, though.

Kellyn Acosta
Central midfielder · USA

This was very much a tale-of-two-halves performance by the Colorado Rapids midfielder. The first half was rough for Acosta, who couldn't advance passes out of the back and was having all sorts of trouble containing Hector Herrera. Then he was fantastic after the break, especially on the defensive side of the ball. As the cherry on top, his terrific free kick teed up Robinson's late winner.

Eryk Williamson
Central midfielder · USA

Like Acosta, the Portland Timbers midfielder was having a devil of a time trying to help the USMNT out of their end in the first half. Williamson finally did better at initiating transition when he decided to start galloping out of jams himself. All in all, it was an uneven showing.


The D.C. United winger had his moments in transition, but was too invisible for too many long stretches of his 87 minutes. Arriola was left with head in hands after sending a golden first-half chance off the outside of the post.

Gyasi Zardes
Striker · USA

It's been a long while since I've seen the Columbus forward’s hold-up game waver, and it took him until the second extra period to get a shot off. As has become the norm, Zardes pitched in with a handful of timely set-piece clearances.


While the Schalke forward fired a few threatening shots at Mexico's goal, this was his least well-rounded outing of the tournament. Hoppe's handling touch was off, and none of his offbeat ideas panned out this time.

Gregg Berhalter

The coach seemed quite content to have his team squeak out yet another 1-0 victory, and some of his maneuvers helped make that happen. This was no virtuoso performance, to be sure, but Berhalter's boys came ready to plug away on the same page until the trophy was back in USMNT hands.


Cristian Roldan
Midfielder · USA

The Seattle ace delivered an enticing cross with his first action, but was pretty quiet after that.

Shaquell Moore
Right back · USA

There weren't real shining moments or errors in the right back's no-frills sub shift.

Sam Vines
Left back · USA

The Colorado left back mostly stayed home, and ably so.

The Caen attacker linked play a bit, but his most notable action was a bad giveaway that sent Mexico on the break.

Gianluca Busio
Midfielder · USA

The youngster wasn't sharp on the ball at the start of his 33 minutes, but settled down to help the USMNT relieve pressure.

Henry Kessler
Center back · USA

A mere cameo for the Revolution defender on his USMNT debut.