Gold Cup Update: Edgar Castillo's offensive impact aids USA turnaround in win vs. Cuba

George Frey

Edgar Castillo triggered a penalty to set up Landon Donovan's penalty kick goal and assisted on a Chris Wondolowski goal in the United States' 4-1 win over Cuba on Saturday in the 2013 Gold Cup. Castillo led all eligible players in Match Impact Rating.

Defender Edgar Castillo got forward often from the end of the first half until the end of the match to spark a turnaround by the United States in a 4-1 victory over Cuba in the 2013 Gold Cup on Saturday. Castillo finished with the highest Match Impact Rating (70) of any U.S. Men's National Team player in the match who played at least 45 minutes.

Castillo drew four fouls in the offensive half of the field or in the midfield area, including a foul suffered in the penalty area to set up Landon Donovan's penalty kick goal in first half stoppage time. Castillo also assisted on Chris Wondolowski's second goal of the match and his fifth goal of the tournament.

Donovan scored his second goal of the Gold Cup from the penalty spot after Castillo was taken down. Donovan also drew a foul in the final third of the pitch to turn in a MIR of 52.8. Donovan's goal was eighth career tally against Cuba in five matches and his 53rd international goal.

Joe Corona scored his first international goal on a broken play in the 57th minute. Corona attempted four shots (three on target) including the goal for a MIR of 37.8. Kyle Beckerman picked up his second assist and recorded a MIR of 30 to round out top performers who played at least 45 minutes.

Chris Wondolowski's fine form continued with a pair of goals. Wondo played the role of supersub and scored two goals, took five shots and drew a foul in just 32 minutes of play.

The big win has the United States tied with Costa Rica at the top of Group C with six points. However, the USMNT has an advantage in goal differential of four goals over Costa Rica.

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