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Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley Join USMNT for Gold Cup

Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley Join USMNT for Gold Cup

Goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Michael Bradley and forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore are among six players recalled to the U.S. national team for the knockout stage of the Gold Cup, U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday.

And that ended up being the difference, as the United States of America held on for a 3-0 victory, winning the group in the process.

Graham Zusi had an up-and-down match.

While the USMNT did not get the Gold Cup off to a great start against Panama on Saturday, it was going to be alright because the next two opponents were Martinique and Nicaragua, teams that the U.S. should score a ton of goals against and cruise past without much effort. He said he understands that there are a lot of good players in the US midfield and he is ready to take on any role he is asked to take on.

M Dax McCarty, 5: McCarty's passing was solid as usual, but he struggled at times on the ball. A decent outing but likely would have been punished against a better team.

After Alejandro Bedoya sent a low cross into the eighteen on a humming skim of the pitch, Corona controlled beautifully, calmly working for a shooting angle before cutting loose with the right foot from fifteen yards out.

With the half winding down, Joe Corona shattered the deadlock. Bedoya later created a turnover and found Rowe for the USA second.

Bedoya, in a man of the match worthy performance, would add another assist and draw a penalty against Nicaragua.

M Joe Corona, 6.5: One the hardest workers on the night and deserves credit for the composure shown on his goal, even if it took a fortunate deflection. The hosts had the chance to put the game away four minutes into the second half after forward Dom Dwyer was ruled to have been taken down in the penalty area by Nicaragua's Marlon Lopez.

Chris Pontius had a quiet game. While he did set up Dwyer's penalty, he did not contribute a great deal on the offensive end. Things looked hopeful but uncertainty lurked in the shadows due to the manner that the U.S. has been playing.

The big talking point from the game is the USA missing two penalties in the second half. Overall did not make too much of an impact. Jordan Morris played the hero, though, as he came through with the game-winner in the 75th minute.

Nicaragua's Luis Copete was sent off in the 85th minute for his second yellow card, and Luis Galeano was receiving treatment for an injury, giving the US a two-man advantage when Zusi took his free kick from about 30 yards.