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.

Sir Alex’s son in trouble for saying he’d “shoot” refs

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LONDON (AP) It clearly runs in the family.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was known for having an explosive temper during his nearly 27 years at Old Trafford, and it seems he has passed it down to his son.

Darren Ferguson, who is the manager of third-tier English team Doncaster, is in trouble for saying he would “shoot” referees because of what he perceived as their poor standards.

Ferguson was charged by the English Football Association on Wednesday for remarks that “were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

The 45-year-old coach has already apologized, saying it was a “tongue-in-cheek comment” and that “I do not advocate violence against officials.”

Ferguson was unhappy his team was denied a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Plymouth on Saturday.

“The referees are part-time and the standard is appalling, their fitness levels are a disgrace, I’ve had enough of it,” Ferguson said after the match.

“What can I do? Shoot them, it would be a good idea.”

Follow Live: Chelsea, Swans, Cherries in FA Cup replays

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Chelsea, Swansea City, and Bournemouth look to avoid upsets in replays of their third round FA Cup matches.

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All three matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET

The Blues tangle with former Premier League peers Norwich City, this time at Stamford Bridge, in a bid to host a fourth round match with Newcastle United.

Antonio Conte‘s not messing around (too much) with the XI.

Swansea City and Wolves, meanwhile, are arguably battling for a bid in the fourth round, as a trip to Notts County is on the docket for the winner of Wednesday’s replay at the Liberty Stadium.

Bournemouth is at Wigan Athletic for a replay with the third-tier Latics, with the victor hosting West Ham United on Jan. 27.

Benevento captain Lucioni banned one year for doping

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ROME (AP) Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni has been banned one year for doping.

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Italy’s national anti-doping organization made the decision Tuesday after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after Benevento’s 1-0 loss to Torino in September.

Benevento team physician Walter Giorgione was banned for four years for administering the steroid to Lucioni in a spray.

Both Lucioni and Giorgione plan to appeal.

The 30-year-old Lucioni joined Benevento in 2014 and the defender helped the team move from the third division up into Serie A this season for the first time.

Benevento is last in Serie A with only two wins in 20 matches.

The ban is back-dated to October, meaning Lucioni can return early next season.

Everton completes move for Walcott: “I’m dead excited” (video)

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Everton continues to supply its managers with top-end talent, adding Theo Walcott to its expensive season of boys which includes Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, Cenk Tosun, Jordan Pickford, and Michael Keane.

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The deal is reported to be near $28 million for Walcott, who’s made only a half-dozen Premier League appearances this season but did nab three goals in five Europa League matches.

Walcott, 28, scored 108 goals in 397 appearances for the Gunners. His 19-goal campaign last season was his second-best — he scored 21 in 2012-13 — but Walcott dipped down Arsene Wenger‘s depth charge and is leaving to pursue regular football.

And his comments will be lapped up by the #WengerOut brigade at his now former club:

“The Club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now. The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me. I need that and I wanted that

The move is another exciting one for Everton, which has underachieved under Ronald Koeman and now Sam Allardyce. And it’s another sale from Arsenal which gives pause: Are the underperforming Gunners going to regret the move?

In the 2005-06 season, Walcott made his Southampton debut in the Football League Championship at the age of 16, and moved to Arsenal the next season.

Walcott has eight goals in 47 caps for England, and won two FA Cups at Arsenal.

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Here is a useful quote from Sam Allardyce:“His physical output is excellent, he would be one of our top players in that area as well, which will hopefully bring us a lot more excitement and more ability to get forward quicker and create.

And here is an utterly useless one: ““If you analyse his goal record, then we are looking at a player who contributes goals on a regular basis.”

You don’t say. To paraphrase: If you look at all his goals, he regularly scores goals. Here’s more from the player on his move.