Player ratings from the U.S. national team’s 1-0 victory over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals at Reliant Stadium in Houston:

GK TIM HOWARD: 7. Managed box with usual leadership, one high-quality save, steady and unfazed.

RB STEVE CHERUNDOLO: 7. Couldn’t move forward as frequently as he did Sunday but still delivered precision balls.

CB CLARENCE GOODSON: 7. Forcefully thwarted Panama’s central threats, won aerial battles.

CB CARLOS BOCANEGRA: 7. Forged strong partnership with Goodson for third consecutive match.

LB ERIC LICHAJ: 6. As with Cherundolo, match didn’t allow for overlapping runs but again showed he belonged.

For midfielders, forward and subs.....

RMF ALEJANDO BEDOYA: 7. Lively, active, confident, quick. Not bad for roster replacement.

DMF JERMAINE JONES: 5. Avoided second yellow in knockout stage, but just barely. Too many giveaways.

DMF MICHAEL BRADLEY: 6. Lacked killer pass to unlock Panama defense but didn’t concede any ground.

CMF SACHA KLJESTAN: 4. Not nearly as involved as he was Sunday, didn’t add much to attack, lifted at halftime.

LMF CLINT DEMPSEY: 6. Timed back-post run perfectly to avoid offside and tuck in his 22nd USA goal (fifth place).

F JUAN AGUDELO: 5. First-half header kissed right post, worked hard and chased but couldn’t create space.


LANDON DONOVAN: 7. Entered at half, largely quiet until delivering killer pass through tangle of defenders to Dempsey.

FREDDY ADU: 8. Breath of fresh air in 2011 Gold Cup debut, altered pace upon entering in 66th minute, served long ball to Donovan that led to goal. Quick and tricky against tiring opponent.


BOB BRADLEY: 8. Wisely stuck with same lineup that impressed at RFK, made proper adjustment at halftime by adding Donovan and, in a bold move, turned to enigmatic Adu. Another good night for the boss. What surprises will he spring in the final?