Despite having less than 32 percent of the possession, the USA nearly pulled off a victory over Peru. The 18-year-old Josh Sargent gave Coach Dave Sarachan's team a 1-0 lead early in the second half. But the Peruvians equalized in the 86th minute for a 1-1 tie. Three Americans -- Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long -- made their national team debuts. The late entry of veterans DeAndre Yedlin and Michael Bradley failed to help the USA defend its lead.
USA Player Ratings:
Player (Club) GP/G
5 Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 59/0)
Alertly came out to snag Paolo Hurtado's 38th-minute cross in his first test. Tipped Yordy Reyna's well-struck free kick from the wing over the crossbar in stoppage time to salvage the tie. The pass on the equalizer came through the goal area, but low, hard and out of reach.
4 Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas;
The 20-year-old debutant right back cleared a dangerous ball in the first half. Showed no signs of contributing to the attack.
4 Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea
Against a team that infrequently hit high balls, he cleared a couple well but nearly set up a 44th-minute chance when he nodded into a Peruvian's path. Part of the crew that allowed the low pass through the goal area on the equalizer. Stayed bunkered in with the rest of the backline -- which almost worked.
4 Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls)
The 26-year-old debutant central defender's first pass went to a Peruvian. He won a ball a few minutes later and also returned it to the foe.
3 Ben Sweat (New York
City FC) 2/0
The left back was the most tentative member of a defense that always retreated quickly. Gave up an early corner kick. Dribbled out of bounds after winning a tackle. The equalizer came over his side. When he once came forward, in the 15th minute, hit the game's worst cross although not under pressure.
3 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew) 9/0
He intercepted a few passes but often gave the ball right back. Like his out-of-bounds kick in the 19th minute and when he passed the ball straight to Christian Ramos in stoppage time. When a team is so out-possessed, it doesn't reflect well on the captain, central midfielder.
5 Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA) 7/1
The wide midfielder set up an Acosta chance in the 9th minute. The Peruvians gave him little space -- his promising foray in the 27th minute was stifled by two defenders and resulted in one of only two U.S. corner kicks -- and he got little help from his teammates when he got the ball wide.
5 Marky Delgado (Toronto FC) 5/0
In a game with little impressive passing by the USA, he found Weah with two well-weighted passes in the first-half, and Amon in the second half. But had to spend most of the game on defense.
3 Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids) 21/2
Gets an assist for the low free-kick pass to Josh Sargent on a well-choreographed set play. But otherwise failed to complement his toiling with creativity -- and misplayed several passes. Took the worst corner kick ever in the 55th minute.
6 Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN) 1/0
The 19-year-old can consider his debut a success. He over-hit a pass to Weah in the first half after flying downfield when he received a nice ball from Josh Sargent -- but at least he proved the U.S. could attack. His excellent pass to Sargent two minutes after halftime sparked the fleeting phase in which the U.S. had the Peruvians defending. Was fouled on the free kick that led to U.S. goal.
7 Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER) 5/2
The 18-year-old started the game with a bad touch -- a midfield giveaway -- but quickly regained his poise. A nifty back-heel sent Amon down the wing on a rare U.S. attack in the 15th minute and a slick pass gave Acosta a chance in the 27th. Sargent scored the lone goal with a crisp 11-yard shot that took a slight deflection. Outstanding was his comfort on the ball under pressure. He set up Weah's wide shot in the 47th minute after a cut that sent Alex Callens to the grass in a futile slide tackle.
4 Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth/GER) 14/4
First U.S. sub replaced Amon in the 55th. Sparked one attack.
4 Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER) 43/13
We wanted to see more of Sargent, but Wood replaced him in the 69th minute and didn't see enough of the ball to make an impact. Set up a half-chance in the 78th minute.
4 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 142/17)
The veteran came in to help hold the lead -- replacing limping Acosta in the 79th minute -- and chased down Peruvian midfielders, who always passed before he got to the ball.
2 DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle
Another veteran who was supposed to help the newbies hold on to 1-0 -- but lost track of Edison Flores when the Peruvian stabbed home the equalizer.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG) 6/0
Came on with seconds left in stoppage time.
(Ratings: 1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)
TRIVIA: Sargent became the fourth U.S. player to score twice before his 19th birthday, after Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo and Christian Pulisic.
NOTABLE: Bradley made his 142nd appearance to surpass Clint Dempsey (141) and move into third among all-time caps leaders behind Landon Donovan (157) and Cobi Jones (164).
Oct. 16 in East Hartford,
USA 1 Peru 1. Goals: Sargent 49; Flores 86.
USA -- Guzan; Cannon (Yedlin, 84), Carter-Vickers, Long, Sweat; Trapp, Weah (Robinson; 90+2), Delgado, Acosta (Bradley, 79), Amon (Green, 55); Sargent (Wood, 69)
Peru -- Carvallo; Advíncula (Madrid, 46), Callens, Ramos, Loyola, Hurtado (Reyna; 59), Pena (Yotún; 66), Tapia (Aquino; 67), Polo (Carrillo; 90+1), Flores, Ruidiaz.
Yellow cards: USA -- Weah 54; Peru -- Advincula 45.
Referee: Ivan Barton (El Salvador)
Shots on target: 2/3
Corner Kicks: 2/6