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Late concession denies USMNT win vs. Peru

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The United States men’s national team lost focus late in a 1-1 draw with Peru in Connecticut on Tuesday.

Josh Sargent scored his second USMNT goal, but Edison Flores took advantage of sleepy defending at the back post to snare an equalizer.

The U.S. finishes its 2018 with matches against England and Italy in November.

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Timothy Weah continued to produce in the national team’s shirt, playing Kellyn Acosta into the box. The Colorado Rapids man was quickly challenged and pushed his shot wide of the near post.

Picking up a flick from Josh Sargent, Jonathan Amon had a chance to cue up a streaking Weah in the Peruvian box. His outside of the boot pass was too ambitious and the PSG man could not reach it.

Peru, though, enjoyed the first half more than their hosts, though very chances ended up meeting Brad Guzan.

There weren’t any changes at the break, and Amon swept a pass over the top of the Peru defense to allow Sargent a path into the box. Sargent squared for Weah, whose shot missed wide of the near post.

Sargent made good on his promise in the 49th minute, a short free kick from Kellyn Acosta that took a deflection off Renato Tapia.

Amon came off in the 55th minute for Julian Green.

Peru brought the match to life with an Andy Polo bullet off the cross bar.

The Yanks then broke back the other way, with Reggie Cannon starting a rush that Julian Green marshaled into a chance. The end product was a blocked Ben Sweat shot.

Dave Sarachan put in a number of veterans late, and one of them was at fault for Peru’s equalizer.

DeAndre Yedlin failed to react to a cross that bounced twice on its way through the six, and Flores was at the back post to punch it into the goal.

And Brad Guzan might’ve not liked his decisions on the goal, but the Atlanta United backstop saved the Yanks’ bacon with a punch save on a late free kick.

Guerrero’s diving header lifts Peru over game Haiti (video)

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Paolo Guerrero scored in his fourth Copa America tournament to lift Peru to a 1-0 win over Haiti in the Group B opener on Saturday in Seattle.

The win lifts Peru top of the group before Brazil and Ecuador play later Saturday. Haiti worked tirelessly and even carried the play for moments, with Kervens Belfort flashing a late header wide of the net.

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Haiti had a brilliant opportunity with a 30th minute free kick just outside the 18 after Peru’s Alberto Rodriguez handled the ball, but Mechack Jérôme swept his free kick over the wall and the cross bar.

Guerrero went a little fancy with a 39th minute volley for Peru in the side’s best chance since a strong opening quarter-hour.

Guerrero, the leading scorer at each of the last two Copa Americas, set up a gorgeous chance for Edison Flores that rattled the near post from 10-12 yards away.

Fittingly, Guerrero picked up the match’s lone goal.