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USA-Peru Men's Friendly Player Ratings

USA-PERU EXPRESS
Oct. 16 in East Hartford, Conn.
USA 1 Peru 1. Goals: Sargent 49; Flores 86.
Att.: 24,959.

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:
Starters
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; 1/0)
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 City/WALES) 6/0
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) 1/0
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.

Substitutes
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 United/ENG) 56/0
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.

NR 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, Conn.
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)
Att.: 24,959.

Stats: USA/Peru
Shots: 5/14
Shots on target: 2/3
Saves: 2/1
Corner Kicks: 2/6
Fouls: 12/10
Offside: 0/2
Possession: 31.6%/68.4%

12 comments about "USA-Peru Men's Friendly Player Ratings".
  1. Richard T. Lynch, October 17, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.

    Pretty harsh on the defense.  Ever heard of bend but don't break?  At least until Yedlin gave away the win.  Sweat (cmon, first real cap) had some howlers but also some good tackles, and made some defensive retreats that Robinson never did.  The central pair was pretty good, imo.  Cannon didn't get forward but not much got through on his flank.  Wasn't that his first cap too?   Except for Robinson,  I think you gave better scores to the defense in the Colombia game (can't find the article).  

  2. beautiful game replied, October 17, 2018 at 9:09 a.m.

    RTL... some good, some not so good play is a barometer of poor soccer qualities. Being "pretty good" is not enough. Typical lame excuses. Players need to deliver and some didn't.

  3. Stephen Stephens, October 17, 2018 at 7:52 a.m.

    Yedlin has become a liability in his play with cheap shots and his arrogant attitude.  I feel like a new gaffer will put him quickly to the side on this young talented squad.  

  4. Wooden Ships replied, October 19, 2018 at 6:31 p.m.

    Agreed Stephen. The Premier League hasn’t improved his soccer awareness, he’s hit his ceiling and it’s not enough.

  5. Paul Cuadros, October 17, 2018 at 10:38 a.m.

    I got the feeling that Peru was toying with this young USA side all night and did not use some key players after their win against their bitter rivals, Chile. Peru was like a cat waiting to pounce but then never did because of the staunch defense of the USA. I think if the game had meaning the score would have been very different. That said, I think the USA scheduling more games with CONMEBOL teams is a step in the right direction in terms of challenging our players and playing quality sides.

  6. Bob Ashpole, October 17, 2018 at 11:59 a.m.

    Trap is two different players in possession and out. He needs to raise his game in possession. He was repeatedly poorly positioned. His poor positioning doesn't reflect well on his coaches. He is well positioned when defending so he is coachable. Hopefully someone will step up and help him raise his game. An international cannot just defend.

    Peru was very good with the ball. I was impressed with our back line defending. Especially the CB pair. Right up until Yedlin was subbed in. Unless Cannon was injured, that was a questionable coaching decision. Trying to fix something that wasn't broken. Yedlin certainly didn't need the experience like Cannon does. Although I didn't actually see it, the midfield had to be doing a good job too slowing up the attacks before they got to the back line. 

  7. Kent James, October 17, 2018 at 12:17 p.m.

    Peru clearly looked more dangerous in posession (especially down the right side), and we gave away way too many balls (sometimes in very dangerous positions), so we were outplayed but almost stole the victory.  Given how many new players were on the field, the result was probably a victory.  As Richard said, the defense did have to do a lot of defending, and for the most part, Peru did not have a lot of great opportunities (2 strong shots from distance, but teams will get those occasionally). Not sure what to make of Sweat; he was under the most pressure, and probably had the most difficult task, but he certainly made mistakes (which shouldn't be shocking, given the circumstances).  I was most impressed with Anon and Sargent; the former's quickness and power, the latter's touch and deception.  I understand by Sarachan put in Yedlin (Cannon looked either tired or slightly injured), but boy did that backfire.  Yedlin was out to lunch on the goal (and how does that happen when you're coming in as a veteran looking to preserve a goal??). 

  8. John Soares, October 17, 2018 at 12:24 p.m.

    Looked like a group of young players full of energy and potential.
    Fun game to watch. Especially the second half.
    Useless to compare with Peru a very good team just out of the WC and having mostly their starting players on the field. Kudos to the defense for holding a clean sheet until a last minute mistake, by a starter no less.

  9. beautiful game, October 17, 2018 at 12:43 p.m.

    Same old excuses people. Repeating the same complaints ad nauseam. There was not one player that consistently brought something to the table. This I blame on the directuion of the coaching staff. They prepare the players and obviously it isn't good enough.

  10. frank schoon replied, October 17, 2018 at 12:49 p.m.

    BG, you can't blame the coaching staff, this problem goes way back before these players ever got to the USMNT. 
    I didn't see the game but I'm sure it is no different than the Columbian game. The stats and low ball possession says enough...
    Hey at least were not playing were some better countries instead of the usual rot which does not help our play any

  11. frank schoon replied, October 17, 2018 at 12:50 p.m.

    Meant to say , at least were playing better countries instead of the usual rot...

  12. beautiful game, October 18, 2018 at 10:01 a.m.

    F.S. it starts with preparation and the players have to execute the game plan; neither was good.

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