Watch all the highlights of key plays from the U.S. men's national team's friendly vs. Peru.

By Avi Creditor
October 16, 2018

The U.S. men's national team closed its October international fixture window with a 1-1 draw vs. Peru, unable to hold onto a lead late in their friendly Tuesday night.

Josh Sargent, 18, opened the scoring in the 49th minute for the second senior international goal of his career, but Edison Flores scored in the 86th and the two sides settled for a draw at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn.

Caretaker manager Dave Sarachan promised numerous changes to his lineup after last Thursday's 4-2 loss to Colombia, and he delivered, with Brad Guzan returning in goal and Tim Weah and Kellyn Acosta the only holdovers.

A couple of those U.S. changes endured some nervy moments at the start, with NYCFC left back Ben Sweat unnecessarily conceding an early corner and New York Red Bulls center back Aaron Long hitting a back pass to Guzan's off foot, which resulted in an unforced concession of a throw-in deep in U.S. territory. Nothing came of the errors, though, with the teams continuing to feel each other out in the opening stages.

Another U.S. giveaway sprung Peru on the counterattack, with Sargent's ill-advised ball toward the center circle allowing Andy Polo to break forward. His cross from the right was cleared and fell for Luis Advincula, whose blast from the edge of the box was ultimately blocked in the ninth minute.

Jonathan Amon, one of three U.S. players making his debut, nearly created trouble for the Peru defense in the 15th minute, getting in behind and streaking toward goal on the left channel after receiving a back-heel pass from Sargent. The 19-year-old Nordsjaelland winger tried to find Weah with the outside of his boot, but his ball toward the far post was overhit, ending the threat.

The rest of the half was devoid of any serious chances, with Peru having the better of the ball thanks in large part to more sloppy U.S. play. For all of the moments of promise the Americans showed on the ball, there was either a first touch off in the final third or a giveaway that required some recovery defending. Guzan was never tested, and the new rearguard unit ultimately held up over the first 45.

The U.S. came out on the front in the second half, with Weah putting a chance from the center of the box just wide of the right post. The sequence started with Amon springing Sargent down the right-hand side, where he cut back on his defender before calmly finding Weah in a scoring position.

The U.S. pressure paid off moments later. Amon drew a foul, and Sargent opened the scoring off the ensuing set piece. Acosta slid a low cross through the box, where Sargent, in stride, rant onto it before delivering a first-time, right-footed shot. It took a deflection before trickling in to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute.

Peru mounted a comeback after bringing on subs Yordy Reyna, Yoshimar Yotun and Pedro Aquino, applying pressure and asking more questions of the U.S. defense. Its best chance at an equalizer came in the 75th minute through Polo, though, with the Portland Timbers attacker unleashing a 25-yard blast that hit off the underside of the crossbar but stayed out.  

The equalizer came 10 minutes later, though. Flores snuck behind defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and DeAndre Yedlin–the latter of whom had just come on as a substitute–and tapped home a cross from the right to make it 1-1.

The U.S. concludes its 2018 slate in Europe, with friendlies against England and Italy on Nov. 15 and 20, respectively.

Here were the lineups for the match:

Here were the rosters for both teams:


GOALKEEPERS: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew)

DEFENDERS: John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Matt Miazga (Nantes), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), Ben Sweat (New York City FC), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth), Fafa Picault (Philadelphia Union), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Tim Weah (PSG)

FORWARDS: Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96)


GOALKEEPERS: Patricio Álvarez (Sporting Cristal), José Carvallo (Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca), Pedro Gallese (Veracruz)

DEFENDERS: Luis Advíncula (Rayo Vallecano), Alexander Callens (NYCFC), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz), Nilson Loyola (Melgar), Johan Madrid (Sporting Cristal), Christian Ramos (Al-Nassr), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo)

MIDFIELDERS: Pedro Aquino (Club León), Horacio Calcaterra (Sporting Cristal), Christian Cueva (Krasnodar), Edison Flores (Morelia), Paolo Hurtado (Konyaspor), Sergio Peña (C.D. Tondela), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City)

FORWARDS: André Carillo (Al-Hilal), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps), Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders)

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