USMNT player ratings: How Klinsmann’s men fared against Peru

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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.

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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.

Gyasi Zardes continues to impress for the USMNT.

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.

Subs:

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Besler helped clean up the defense off the bench tonight.

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.

WATCH: Camila’s wicked swerving goal for Brazil

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The Tournament of Nations got underway earlier Thursday, with Brazil and Japan drawing 1-1 in Seattle.

While some in the crowd may’ve been waiting to see the United States women’s national team and Australia in the second game of the twin bill, they got an absolute treat from Brazil’s Camila.

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The Orlando Pride midfielder is yet to scoop up 10 caps, but blasted this 25-yard goal home with a wicked outside bend.

The aesthetics are terrific.

LA Galaxy’s second Dos Santos signing is a season-changer

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Remember this day, MLS fans, as one that perhaps helped determine an MLS Cup Finalist.

The LA Galaxy have signed Villarreal midfielder and Mexican national teamer Jonathan Dos Santos, and he’s the sort of player who could alter the landscape of the Western Conference.

Like Nicolas Lodeiro to Seattle last season and New England’s addition of Jermaine Jones in 2014, Dos Santos’ move comes with the distinct possibility of elevating LA into the next stratosphere.

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Take the Galaxy’s history of winning, and toss in a midseason coaching improvement from Curt Onalfo to Sigi Schmid, as well as MVP-in-their-own-right caliber teammates Giovani Dos Santos, Romain Alessandrini, and Jelle van Damme.

Don’t sleep on the fact that Schmid might be gathering momentum from inheriting a talented and underachieving roster and a brand new game-changing midfielder, which feels a bit like karmic retribution for Seattle firing him and signing Lodeiro the next day last season. Seattle only went and won the MLS Cup.

Schmid has used any number of formations, but could deploy a 4-3-3 with Jona Dos Santos, Jermaine Jones, and Joao Pedro in the midfielder and Giovani Dos Santos, Alessandrini, and Gyasi Zardes up top (Sebastian Lletget could return at some point, too).

Now FC Dallas is very deep, Sporting KC looks powerful, and Seattle won it all last year — plus, may be adding Derlis Gonzalez?!? — but LA’s move to add Dos Santos creates a quartet of teams with proven mettle (Houston looks decent, too, but I have concerns about their first-time as a unit in the playoffs).

Joey Barton’s gambling ban lowered by almost 5 months

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Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for betting on almost 1,300 soccer-related events has been lowered to 13 months and one week.

Putting aside the hilarity of grown men and women discussing whether an extra week was necessary, the alteration means he’ll be eligible to return to football on June 1, 2018.

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While that still hampers the idea of the 34-year-old playing again — he’ll be 36 when the ban ends — it’s a significant change if he’s open to the idea of returning to the game.

Barton’s original ban expired in late October 2018, well into a season. From Sky Sports:

The appeal board also agreed: “It was clear that Mr Barton was not involved in any cheating, he did not influence any games and there was nothing suspicious about his bets.

“(The reduction) reflects the overall seriousness of the breaches and also the mitigation of Mr Barton’s addiction.”

Barton’s remarkably controversial career has including several suspensions and imprisonment, but he always found his way back to the field and was very good when in form. After time at Manchester City and Newcastle United, Barton fended off naysayers with stints at QPR, Marseille, Burnley, and a regrettable move to Rangers.

We may see him on the field in August 2018.

FIFA fines Qatar after players’ political support for Emir

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has fined Qatar’s soccer federation after national team players breached rules against political statements by displaying T-shirts of the country’s Emir at a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA says its disciplinary panel imposed a 50,000 Swiss francs ($51,800) fine and reprimanded Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host.

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The incident happened in Doha on June 13, amid a dispute with regional rivals Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar’s players warmed up for a 3-2 win over South Korea wearing white T-shirts with an image of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to show their support for him.

FIFA says the charges related to “displaying a political image” and “political displays” by spectators.