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USA-Peru International Friendly Player Ratings
by Ridge Mahoney, September 4th, 2015 11:28PM
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USA-PERU EXPRESS:
Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C.
USA 2 Peru 1. Goals: Altidore 59, 68; Chavez 20.
Att.: 28,896.
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A pair of second-half goals by Jozy Altidore wiped out a 1-0 deficit and gave the USA a 2-1 victory over Peru Friday in its first game since the Gold Cup. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann used his full complement of 17 players, with Gyasi Zardes showing well and sub Geoff Cameron looking good in his return.

U.S. Player Ratings:
Starters
7 Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG) 38/0.
Sensational double-save preceded by a minute the American’s winning goal and he also smothered a deflected shot to preserve the 2-1 lead.

5 Michael Orozco (Tijuana) 17/3.
Started at right back. Scuffed a couple of passes while outside, used the ball better at centerback.

4 Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy) 30/1.
Tracked back to block a shot when the back line was breached but didn’t step to Daniel Chavez on shot that deflected off him and over Guzan into the net.

4 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER) 18/2.
Spacing and timing were inconsistent. Chased shadows a few times and drilled a shot well over the bar. Jefferson Farfan gave him some real problems.

6 Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG) 16/0.
Challenged by several different Peruvian flank attackers and usually won the battles once he adjusted to the pace. Slide-tackles and step-ups were strong and well-timed. Also won a couple of duels in the air and played early balls that reached their target most of the time.

5 Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution) 51/3.
Busy and powerful, as usual, yet was caught way out of position by Peru a few times. Strong tackling and range helped the Americans reverse the momentum late in the first half. Whipped in a left-footed shot that forced a good save.

4 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA) 43/2.
Not much of a factor offensively. Seldom found the right balance in the middle with Jones and only occasionally connected front to back.

6 DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG) 24/0.
Covered an amazing amount of ground at both ends. Attacks were consistently threatening and sharp cutback and cross eventually resulted in the winning goal. Dropped very deep in the final minutes to close off that side.

7 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 14/2.
The most dangerous attacker for the U.S. over the 90 minutes. Drove several dangerous crosses and beat challengers on the dribble repeatedly. Low ball deflected off a defender to produce winning goal.

7 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) 84/29.
Not a great performance but was both lucky and good enough. Earned a penalty kick by flicking a ball over a defender and put in the rebound when his initial kick was saved. Also converted a Zardes shot that was deflected. Raised his game after a sluggish start.

5 Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER) 9/2.
Plagued by some very poor touches, but also played a couple of good balls that were squandered. Carved open space a few times that the U.S. exploited, notably on the PK.

Substitutes
6 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG) 32/1.
Throw-in sparked attack that led to the penalty kick. Aside from the wild scramble on which Peru nearly scored he played solidly.

6 Mix Diskerud (New York City FC) 32/5.
Jumped right into the flow and pushed the pace faster than Peru wanted to play. Hit an array of accurate, well-weighted passes as the U.S. took command.

5 Ventura Alvarado (Club America/MEX) 11/0.
Held the fort late by getting to crosses and loose balls.

6 Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) 26/0.
Fended off several threats, most notably a sliding clearance near the goal line and a vital header of a cross driven to the near post.

6 Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen/GER) 18/4.
Very good work in limited minutes. Linked up well with Zardes and earned a free kick just outside the penalty area.

5 Danny Williams (Reading/ENG) 17/1.
Knocked one ball out of danger, jumped into a double-team that won the ball in a crucial spot.

TRIVIA. The USA won its first meeting with Peru in 15 years. It now leads the series that began in 1989 with a 3-2-1 record.

Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C.
USA 2 Peru 1. Goals: Altidore 59, 68; Chavez 20.
USA -- Guzan, Orozco (Cameron 46), Brooks (Besler 64), Gonzalez (Alvarado 46), Ream; Yedlin, Jones (Williams 70), Bedoya (Diskerud 46), Zardes, Altidore, Wood (Johannsson 70).
Peru -- Gallese, Advincula, Zambrano, Ascues, Vargas; Carrillo (Tapia 64), Lobaton (Yotun 72), Ballon (Hurtado 64), Cueva (Flores 82), Farfan; Chavez (Guerrero 82).
Att.: 28,896.


27 comments
  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 1:51 a.m.
    Guzan, Brooks, Beasler, Cameron, Ream, Jones, Bradley, Zardis, Yedlin, Johanson, Altidore
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 4:38 p.m.
    Not Bad, But #1 team for Oct 10..4-1-3-1-1...Howard-// Beasley-Brooks-Cameron-Johnson // Jones // Zardis-Bradley-Yedlin // Dempsey // Altidore
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 4:43 p.m.
    Much more to be said, but So Much and Soooo Little time..Emperor wins another Friendly...Whoop ti dooo!!
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 8:29 a.m.
    Jozy didn't impress at all. Jones may have vacated his position, but who did the back-up? Actually, his passing was mostly on the money and he made his presence felt. Gonzalez showed little throughout the game. This Peru team was a shell of the Copa America team, and the USMNT performance had its usual moments, but lacked consistency.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 8, 2015 at 12:15 p.m.
    He doesn't impress me either, BUT I'm sure that Netherlands or anyone else would LOVE to have a Forward that Doesn't Impress, But scores 2 Goals...Regardless of How... I would like to see Zardes or Morris up there...Maybe Jozy will pull another muscle and we will get a chance to see if they can "Impress" more..
  1. Miguel Dedo
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 11:08 a.m.
    Jozy as a scrambler is valuable, as a holder distributor is out of his capacities. He should NEVER take penalties or other free kicks. As captain he ensures that JK stays in control.
  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 2:08 p.m.
    I liked Ream, Orozco, and Cameron playing the outside back positions. They were solid. All three of them can also play center back. A 7 for Jozy is too high. His penalty kick was not good enough and he got lucky that the keeper saved the ball right back to him. Yedlin and Zardes gave Peru all kinds of trouble on the outside. What was Gonzalez doing turning his back to the shot on the Peru goal? I think Brooks deserved higher than a 4. Wood has potential. He carried the ball down the field a long ways with a guy on his shoulder a number of times. I agree with Nowozeniuk, Jones passing was on the money for the most part. I thought he did a good job of staying disciplined on defense.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 4:33 p.m.
    This is a Bad Habit for Gonzo...I have seen him due it numerous times...Simple way NOT to get hit in the Face or Juevos!?!?...GET CLOSER TO THE BALL!!!... He is always late to React and Re-Adjust... But he is still Better than most...This is a Coaching Point that the Coaches should bring up to him...
  1. Alex G. Sicre
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 2:22 p.m.
    How can Altidore be made Captain of our USMNT when he won't put his hand over his heart when our National Anthem plays? The other team members always do to a man, even on the bench. What is his problem? What the hell is he protesting, can anyone tell me?
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
    Jozy finally came out as a Jehovah's Witness...They do not Salute ANY Flag...Wish he had cleared that up years ago, but, what you gonna due???...It is America...Free to Burn the Flag and Free to Not put your hand over your Heart...
  1. Vince Leone
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 3:31 p.m.
    Once again, a mental error by slow-mar Gonzalez costs a goal. Brooks was better than Omar--they should not have the same rating. Brooks, Alvarado, and Ream can all escape pressure by dribbling. Slow-mar cannot, and I shudder at the thought of him trying.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 4:40 p.m.
    Correcta Mundo...But Cameron is the Best of all of them on the Ball...
  1. Zoe Willet
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    Maybe I'm just naïve, but I thought Omar played very well. And I watched the re-run as many times as they showed it, and don't think it was conclusive that he turned his back. The other one I don't agree with is Bedoya- I thought he deserves better than a 4 as well. The one who impressed me the most, however, was Cameron- wow! Finally, get off Jozy's case, y'all- he was the man of the match, no? He scored all the US goals, no? He really hustled (especially as he got into the game), no? Leave his religion alone- what's a hand to the chest to a soccer game- puleeze!
  1. Kent James
    commented on: September 6, 2015 at 10:38 p.m.
    I don't think Omar was afraid to get hit, I think (as one of the commentators suggested), he was chasing a phantom runner (so he was backing up to intercept the through pass). But there was no runner, so it was a mistake that got punished. Omar is not as good on the ball as the others, but he excels at dominating in the air (as does Brooks). As for Altidore, I agree. He had a good game. He worked hard, helped out his teammates, seemed to show good leadership, and he scored both goals. He deserves his rating.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 8, 2015 at 12:24 p.m.
    Zoe, I didn't attack his Religion... Many people have criticized him for Not putting his Hand over Heart...I saw the article on line somewhere... Google it...Surprised that Soccer America never posted it...Sure would have cleared up things for alot of people. ..
  1. James Madison
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 8:24 p.m.
    Credit Altidore with working for a change. However, his lack of ball skill still betrays him. And Diskerud did a lot of running without being very productive. Except for their overly generous ratings, Ridge saw basically the same game I did. A lot more energy than in the Gold Cup, but way too many unforced errors.
  1. Richard T. Lynch
    commented on: September 5, 2015 at 10:49 p.m.
    Jozy is terrible. A couple of easy give-aways in/around the 50th minute. Awful. PK award was lucky. Terrible strike and he played the rebound over the keeper when the whole left side was open. Second goal was a bunny that anyone could finish. Hard work was done by Yedlin and Zardes. And everyone has forgotten the breakaway he squandered in the first half with a heavy touch. BUT, he scored two goals and that's all that shows up in the game stats so now he is the hero again and JK can continue to start him. He's lazy and rarely plays above a walk. Ugh, he would never make my team.
  1. Joe Linzner
    commented on: September 7, 2015 at 9:28 a.m.
    agree whole-heartedly, Jozy is useless, he spent more time walking about than moving. Ball skills non existent. Penalty a joke, only a lucky return bounce saved the goal. His second goal was also a stroke of luck and actually a function of lollygagging in the box. The guy is a hole on the field that swallows attacks. His shot on goal, unhindered and unopposed a mile over the net. He does not create and he did not track back and his passing is helter skelter and he blames teammates for his own mistakes.
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: September 6, 2015 at 12:44 p.m.
    Santiago, Gonzalez is too slow to react in tight marking situations, so he gives opponent more room; if u think the coaches can fix that, you're in fantasy land.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 7, 2015 at 11:57 p.m.
    It can be fixed, if they will teach him NOT to Drop inside the 18...He is always too Deep when Shots occur...That is why the Shots are able to rise up on him and Scare him into turning his back...Step UP, when you reach the 18, don't keep dropping... Very Coachable Correction...
  1. Kevin Sims
    commented on: September 7, 2015 at 1:15 p.m.
    Come-from-behind win against Peru deserves credit. Brooks rating of 4 quite harsh. Klinsi builds confidence by emphasizing the positive and by putting attention on himself. USA best 11 now: B Guzan, F Johnson, J Brooks, M Besler, D Beasley, J Jones, M Bradley, G Zyardes, D Yedlin, C Dempsey, J Altidore ... debate!
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 8, 2015 at 12:04 a.m.
    I would like Cameron over Besler, because of Ball Skills...I think Howard is Better in goal...His performances in EPL, show him to be a GAME SAVER...Guzan is only a Shot Stopper...There is a Difference...Otherwise, you are right on...Both differences are minimal though...
  1. Vince Leone
    commented on: September 7, 2015 at 2:04 p.m.
    The issue on the Peru goal is not that Slo-mar turned his back, the issue is that he did not step to a guy who was clearly in shooting position. Even if Gonzalez thought there was an attacker running behind him, he was still closest to the guy with the ball, so the right thing was clearly to close him down. (And if there was a runner behind, Slo-mar probably should have stepped forward to leave the attacker offside.) Bottom line: Mental error, which Omar makes consistently.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 8, 2015 at 12:07 a.m.
    Spot on.!!!
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 8, 2015 at 8:41 p.m.
    Looking at the Replay,..it was REAM that left his player/Zone Open, causing Gonzo to lean the wrong way...You are Correct again.!!!... Excellent Insight...BUT, your probably an UNEDUCATED American,SO SHUT THE f" UP...JAJAJA..Just being sarcastic...
  1. Vince Leone
    commented on: September 7, 2015 at 2:07 p.m.
    Santiago: Yup, I forgot to include Cameron in the list of our best ball-control defenders. (Cameron was a midfielder before going to the EPL, as I know you know.) I definitely hope JK gives him more time.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: September 8, 2015 at 12:11 a.m.
    Yes, Cameron was a Attacking Mid/Forward for the Dynamo, before Kinnear switched him to Defense. (due to Injuries in the squad) He scored some terrific goals,... probably on UTube somewhere...He needs to be on the field somewhere, He gives the Coach the opportunity to change Formations and Tactics without subbing...

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