Despite trailing at halftime, the USMNT came from behind to defeat Peru 2-1 at RFK Stadium tonight. Jozy Altidore bagged both goals for the U.S., who will now look ahead to Tuesday’s match against Brazil
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While getting a win is always the end result, tonight’s performance was more about getting ready for the CONCACAF playoff match against Mexico, coming up in October. With players looking to prove to Jurgen Klinsmann they deserve to start in that Rose Bowl match, let’s take a look at how they fared against Peru.
GK — Brad Guzan: 9/10 — With Tim Howard returning to the fold for the USMNT, Guzan confirmed that he’s fully capable of being the No. 1. The goal took a bad deflection that left Guzan helpless, and his amazing double-save was the turning point in the match.
LB — Tim Ream: 8/10 — Ream got a much-deserved start in the defense tonight, and should hold onto his spot after putting in a strong performance. It’s a surprise he hasn’t gotten more of a run with the USMNT over his career.
CB — John Brooks: 6/10 — Brooks was average defensively tonight, but he’ll be most remembered for a terrible miss from close-range in the first half. Still not sure how his shot went so far over the bar.
CB — Omar Gonzalez: 5/10 — A tough day for Gonzalez, who was taken off at halftime. He gave his mark too much space on the ball, and the ensuing shot deflected off of him and into the back of the net. Center-back remains an issue for the U.S.
RB — Michael Orozco: 7/10 — You didn’t hear Orozco’s name that much during his half of play, but sometimes that’s a good thing for a defender. Expect Geoff Cameron to start in his place moving forward.
LM — Gyasi Zardes: 9/10 — Zardes played as a traditional outside-midfielder today rather than his preferred winger or striker role, but he was once again one of the best players on the pitch. His speed and willingness to take on defenders caused big problems for Peru, as Zardes’ growth over the past year has been monumental.
CM — Jermaine Jones: 6/10 — Jones returned to the side after missing the Gold Cup through injury, and managed over an hour on the pitch. When Michael Bradley returns to the side, Jones will likely move to the bench.
CM — Alejandro Bedoya: 6/10 — Bedoya only got a half of play tonight, being replaced by Mix Diskerud at the break. Playing in the middle of the pitch in a 4-4-2 formation doesn’t necessarily suit his skill-set the best.
RM — DeAndre Yedlin: 8/10 — Yedlin has been played all over the pitch by Klinsmann, but tonight found himself as an outside midfielder. Similar to Zardes, his speed was a handful as the youngster was very impressive, constantly streaking forward on the attack.
FW — Jozy Altidore: 8/10 — Jozy’s form for the national team has been poor as of late, but he was handed the captain’s armband tonight and delivered with two goals. He’s still not at the top of his game, but when a striker scores twice, it’s a successful night.
FW — Bobby Wood: 6/10 — A quiet night for Bobby Wood, who didn’t see much of the ball up top. Still not a top-choice for Klinsmann in the attack.
CB — Matt Besler: 8/10 — While the starting center-backs struggled, Matt Besler looked much, much better when he came on for John Brooks. Sound defensively and very confident on the ball.
CB — Ventura Alvarado: 6/10 — Alvarado replaced Omar Gonzalez at halftime, but he struggled at center-back as well. He’s not the most trustworthy with the ball at his feet.
RB — Geoff Cameron: 8/10 — One of the biggest surprises tonight was not seeing Cameron’s name in the starting lineup. The Stoke City man came on at halftime and helped tighten things defensively, and his patented long-throw led to Altidore’s penalty.
CM — Mix Diskerud: 7/10 — Dikserud has struggled recently for both the USMNT and NYCFC, but looked a bit better tonight against Peru. Similar to Jermaine Jones, the center of the pitch will belong to Michael Bradley when he returns.
CM — Danny Williams: 6/10 — Williams only got 20 minutes of play tonight, so it’s hard to judge his performance. He’s a question mark for the U.S. roster when they face Mexico in October.
FW — Aron Johannsson: 7/10 — Johannsson made some strong runs when he came in off the bench, and at times was dangerous after being kept quiet in a few of his previous appearances for the USMNT. If the goals start to come, he could be a difference maker.Follow @KyleLynchFC