USA-PERU EXPRESS: Sept. 4 in Washington, D.C. USA 2 Peru 1.
Altidore 59, 68; Chavez 20. Att.:
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
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)
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.
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.: