After Colombia, it won't get any easier for the USA, thoroughly beaten by the Cafeteros, 4-2, on Thursday night in Tampa.
You just had to get a glimpse of Peru Friday night against Chile
at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium to see what the USA will be up against. Peru, which beat Chile, 3-0, doesn't necessarily have the big names Colombia has, but it will pose all kinds of problems for the
young U.S. defense with its attacking flair.
The pro-Peruvian crowd Tuesday night in East Hartford won't be as big as Colombia had in Tampa, but it will be just as passionate.
Here's what to look for ... 1. Guzan returns in goal.
With Zack Steffen
, the new No. 1
keeper, back in Columbus nursing his hamstring issue, Brad Guzan
will return on goal, making his first U.S. start in 13 months.
Guzan, 34, is one of the few veterans from the
national team that failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup who has a chance of enhancing his prospects of sticking around in 2019.
Guzan's Atlanta United enters the final two weekends of
MLS play in first place in the race for the Supporters' Shield. For other Couva holdovers in MLS, like Michael Bradley
, Jozy Altidore
and Kellyn Acosta
, their club seasons will
end on Oct. 28. 2. Other changes are also in the
Sarachan says he plans on making a number of changes.
"The game against Colombia was, for a friendly, a very high tempo game," he said on Monday.
"It's taken a few extra days to reassess where everybody's at. I was going into this game on Tuesday with the notion of making changes regardless, so we're still working through it."
Those changes could include Cameron Carter-Vickers
in the back, Wil Trapp
in midfield and Josh Sargent
at center forward. Three players in camp -- defenders Reggie
and Aaron Long
and teenager Jonathan Amon
-- are seeking their first caps. 3. Familiar faces will pose threats.
Peru, which played at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, started two MLS players -- Raul Ruidiaz
-- and brought on two others -- Andy Polo
and Yordy Reyna
-- against Chile. Alex Callens
, who plays for NYCFC, is expected to be the one change in the starting
lineup for Tuesday's game, replacing Anderson Santamaria
on the backline.
"We are very familiar with the players that are placed in Major League Soccer," Sarachan said. "Ruidiaz,
Yotun, Reyna, Polo -- high quality. Very similar in many ways to the team we just played in Colombia, where you have technical speed and quickness." USA Roster: Goalkeepers (2): AGE PLAYER (CLUB; GP/G) 34 Brad Guzan
(Atlanta United FC;
58/0) 23 Ethan Horvath
(Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0) Defenders (8): AGE PLAYER (CLUB; GP/G)
(Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3) 20 Reggie Cannon
(FC Dallas; 0/0) 20 Cameron Carter-Vickers
(Swansea City/ENG D2; 5/0) 25 Aaron Long
(NY Red Bulls; 0/0)
23 Matt Miazga
(Nantes/FRA; 10/1) 21 Antonee Robinson
(Wigan Athletic/ENG D2; 5/0) 27 Ben Sweat
(New York City FC; 1/0) 25 DeAndre Yedlin
United/ENG; 55/0) Midfielders (9):
AGE PLAYER (CLUB; GP/G)
23 Kellyn Acosta
(Colorado Rapids; 20/1) 19 Jonathan Amon
(FC Nordsjaelland/DEN; 0/0) 31 Michael Bradley
(Toronto FC; 141/17) 23 Marky Delgado
(Toronto FC; 4/0) 23 Julian Green
(Greuther Fuerth/GER D2; 13/4) 27 Fafa Picault
(Philadelphia Union; 2/0) 24 Kenny Saief
(Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0) 25 Wil
(Columbus Crew; 8/0) 18 Tim Weah
(Paris St. Germain/FRA; 6/1) Forwards (3): AGE PLAYER
22 Andrija Novakovich
(Fortuna Sittard/NED; 3/0) 18 Josh Sargent
(Werder Bremen/GER; 4/1) 25 Bobby Wood
(Hannover 96/GER; 42/12)
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals. Peru Roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):
Patricio Alvarez (Sporting
Cristal; 0/0), Jose Carvallo (Universidad Tecnica de Cajamarca; 6/0), Pedro Gallese (Veracruz/MEX; 45/0). DEFENDERS (8):
Luis Advincula (Rayo Vallecano/ESP; 72/1), Alex Callens (NYCFC;
10/1), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz/MEX; 4/0), Nilson Loyola (Melgar; 5/0), Johan Madrid (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), Christian Ramos (Al-Nassr/KSA; 73/3), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla/MEX; 11/0),
Miguel Trauco (Flamengo/BRA; 33/0). MIDFIELDERS (8):
Pedro Aquino (Leon/MEX; 18/3), Horacio Calcaterra (Sporting Cristal; 3/0), Christian Cueva (Krasnodar/RUS; 52/8), Edison Flores
(Morelia/MEX; 35/9), Paolo Hurtado (Konyaspor/TUR; 35/3), Sergio Pena (Tondela/POR; 5/0), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord/NED; 35/3), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City; 79/2). FORWARDS (4):
Carillo (Al-Hilal/KSA; 52/6), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers; 18/1), Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps; 19/2), Raul Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders; 33/4). Note: In parentheses are caps