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MNT Draws Peru 1-1 in Final Home Kickoff Series Match

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2018) — Bouyed by 18-year-old Josh Sargent’s 49th minute strike, the U.S. Men’s National Team played to a spirited 1-1 draw against Peru in front of 24,959 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The result in USA-Peru, presented by Volpi Foods, sees the MNT move to 3-3-3 in 2018.   

While the match marked the return of veteran Brad Guzan between the sticks, the nine players that started in front of him held eight or fewer caps going into the match, including debutantes Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long.

Despite some lack of familiarity, the U.S. team strung together a few good attacking chances early on. Following a ninth minute throw-in on the left, midfielder Marky Delgado switched the field to send Tim Weah into space down the right. The 18-year-old ran at Nilson Loyola and centered for Kellyn Acosta, whose left-footed hit breezed wide of the right post.

Then on the quarter-hour mark, a quick counter attack almost came good for the MNT. Acosta played forward for Sargent on the left, with the rising striker playing a clever backheel into the path of Amon. The speedy winger cut inside but over-hit the final pass as Weah sped down the right flank.

Carrying large swaths of possession through the rest of the half, Peru was able to connect passes in and around the area, but a stingy effort from the U.S. midfield and back line ensured none of La Blanquirroja’s four first-half shots were on target.

In fact, the visitors’ most threatening attack wasn’t a shot at all. In the 38th minute, Andy Polo fed Paolo Hurtado down the right. The winger swung in a dangerous cross to the near post, but Guzan alertly read it, cutting out the danger at the six as Raul Ruidiaz lurked in behind.

The U.S. sprung the attack on the other side of halftime. Just two minutes in, Amon pumped a ball over the back line to put Sargent into space. The striker gained entry into the box, and cut back to juke a Peru defender before centering for Weah, but his one-time effort curved wide of the right post.

With a bit of confidence after that play, Sargent put his name on the scoresheet two minutes later. Following a foul committed against Amon on the right, Acosta delivered a pinpoint low ball for Sargent at the top of the area, with the young striker hitting a one-time effort that came off of both Christian Ramos and Renato Tapia before hitting the back of the net.

A number of substitutions were made to aid Peru’s attack, but their first shot on goal didn’t come until the 70th minute, when Johan Madrid centered the ball for Yoshimar Yotun, but the Orlando City SC midfielder’s long-distance hit was easily held by Guzan. 

Another great look came to Peru five minutes later when Yotún played a pass for Polo. The Portland Timbers’ attacker hit a 25-yard effort that beat Guzan, but rang off the cross bar before the follow-up header from Ruidiaz was nodded over the bar.

Continuing to knock on the door, Peru finally broke through in the 86th minute when Polo’s low cross from the right found an unmarked Edison Flores for the late equalizer at the back left post. 

The MNT heads to Europe to close out 2018 and the Kickoff Series next month. The window opens in London as the USA makes its second visit to new Wembley Stadium to take on 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinalists England on Thursday, Nov. 15 (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás & UDN). The curtain comes down on the 2018 schedule five days later, when the MNT travels to Genk, Belgium to face four-time World Cup winners Italy at the Luminus Arena (2:45 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas & UDN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Kellyn Acosta), 49th minute: Jonathan Amon was fouled near the right corner flag, leading to a dangerous free kick opportunity. In a well-worked set piece, Acosta delivered a low ball to the top of the area for Sargent, who one-timed an effort that deflected off Christian Ramos and Renato Tapia to roll past José Carvallo into the left side of the goal. USA 1, PER 0 [WATCH]

PER – Edison Flores (Andy Polo), 86th minute: Peru found the equalizer late. After winning the ball at midfield, it was swung over to Polo on the right. There, the attacker centered a low cross that slid through the six-yard box to find Flores for the unmarked tap-in at the back left post. USA 1, PER 1 FINAL

Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Brad Guzan, 38th minute: Generally busier barking instructions in the first half, Guzan was called into action just before the half when Andy Polo played a pass for Paolo Hurtado down the right. The winger swung in a dangerous cross to the near post, but Guzan alertly read it, cutting out the danger at the six with Raul Ruidiaz ready to strike.

PER – Pedro Aquino, 78th minute: Julian Green played Bobby Wood towards the end line on the right. The substitute striker cut a ball across the box where Ben Sweat took a swing, but Aquino was there to nod away the danger.

USA – Brad Guzan, 90+3 minute: Looking for the late winner, Peru earned a free kick on the right which saw Yordy Reyna swing in a dangerous cross, forcing Guzan to dive as he parried away the danger.

Additional Notes:

  • With his 49th minute strike, Sargent became just the fourth MNT player of the modern era to record two goals before his 19th birthday. The 18-year-old joins Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo and Christian Pulisic in that distinction.
  • Kellyn Acosta recorded his first career international assist on Sargent’s strike.
  • Entering in the 79th minute, Michael Bradley earned his 142nd cap, moving him past Clint Dempsey into sole possession of third on the MNT’s all-time list.
  • The MNT moves to 3-2-2 all-time against Peru.
  • Tonight marks the MNT’s seventh match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
  • The USA’s starting XI averaged 23 years, 157 days and 9.6 caps.
  • Dave Sarachan made nine changes to the lineup that faced Colombia, with midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Tim Weah as the two holdovers from Thursday.
  • The most senior player in the lineup, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, made his first appearance since Sept. 5, 2017 at Honduras.
  • Wil Trapp returned to the lineup to captain the side and made his team-leading seventh appearance of 2018.
  • Aside from Guzan (58) and Acosta (21), nine of the 11 MNT starters had eight or fewer caps prior to the match.
  • Dave Sarachan handed Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long their international debuts, taking the total number of debutantes in 2018 to 19 – third most in the modern era. The record for MNT debuts in a calendar year is 21 (1992), followed by 20 (2007).
  • At age 19, Jonathan Amon became the sixth teenager to appear for the MNT in 2018, the most of any calendar year during the modern era. He joined Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, as well as recently-turned 20-year olds Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic.
  • Amon and Cannon also took the total of 2018 MNT debutantes that are eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics to nine.
  • Sarachan deployed a four-man back line with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Long pairing in central defense, while Cannon (right), Sweat (left) line up as full backs.
  • The five-man midfield featured Trapp in the central holding role behind Acosta and Delgado, with Weah on the right and Amon on the left, while Sargent started up top as the lone striker.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, Andrija Novakovich and Kenny Saief were healthy scratches from the roster. The teams were allowed to make six substitutions.  

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Peru
Date: October 16, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Attendance: 24,959
Kickoff: 8:05 p.m. ET
Weather: 45 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F                                                                        
USA                                      0             1             1
PER                                      0             1             1

USA – Josh Sargent (Kellyn Acosta)                                         49th minute
PER – Edison Flores (Andy Polo)                                              86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 18-Reggie Cannon (2-DeAndre Yedlin; 84), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 21-Aaron Long, 19-Ben Sweat; 20-Will Trapp (capt.), 11-Tim Weah (17-Antonee Robinson; 90+2), 8-Marky Delgado, 23-Kellyn Acosta (4-Michael Bradley; 79), 24-Jonathan Amon (16-Julian Green; 55); 13-Josh Sargent (7-Bobby Wood; 69)
Substitutes not used: 22-Ethan Horvath, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks, 14-Fafa Picault,
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

PER: 21-José Carvallo; 5-Alexander Callens, 7-Paolo Hurtado (26-Yordy Reyna; 59), 8-Sergio Peña (19-Yoshimar  Yotún; 66), 11-Raúl Ruidiaz, 13-Renato Tapia (23-Pedro Aquino; 67), 14-Andy Polo (18-André Carrillo; 90+1), 15-Christian Ramos (capt.), 17-Luis Advíncula (2-Johan Madrid; 46), 20-Edison Flores, 22-Nilson Loyola;
Substitutes: 1-Pedro Gallese, 12-Patricio Álvarez, 4-Anderson Santamaria, 6-Miguel Trauco, 10-Christian Cueva, 16-Horacia Calcaterra, ,24-Wilder Cartagena
Head coach: Ricardo Gareca

Stats Summary: USA / PER
Shots: 5 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
PER – Luis Advíncula (caution)                          45th minute
USA – Tim Weah (caution)                                 54
PER – Christian Cueva (caution)                       82

Officials:
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
4th Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Wil Trapp

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Peru
Date: October 16, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Attendance: 24,959
Kickoff: 8:05 p.m. ET
Weather: 45 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F                                                                         
USA                                      0             1             1
PER                                      0             1             1

USA – Josh Sargent (Kellyn Acosta)                                         49th minute
PER – Edison Flores (Andy Polo)                                              86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 18-Reggie Cannon (2-DeAndre Yedlin; 84), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 21-Aaron Long, 19-Ben Sweat; 20-Will Trapp (capt.), 11-Tim Weah (17-Antonee Robinson; 90+2), 8-Marky Delgado, 23-Kellyn Acosta (4-Michael Bradley; 79), 24-Jonathan Amon (16-Julian Green; 55); 13-Josh Sargent (7-Bobby Wood; 69)
Substitutes not used: 22-Ethan Horvath, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks, 14-Fafa Picault,
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

PER: 21-José Carvallo; 5-Alexander Callens, 7-Paolo Hurtado (26-Yordy Reyna; 59), 8-Sergio Peña (19-Yoshimar  Yotún; 66), 11-Raúl Ruidiaz, 13-Renato Tapia (23-Pedro Aquino; 67), 14-Andy Polo (18-André Carrillo; 90+1), 15-Christian Ramos (capt.), 17-Luis Advíncula (2-Johan Madrid; 46), 20-Edison Flores, 22-Nilson Loyola;
Substitutes: 1-Pedro Gallese, 12-Patricio Álvarez, 4-Anderson Santamaria, 6-Miguel Trauco, 10-Christian Cueva, 16-Horacia Calcaterra, ,24-Wilder Cartagena
Head coach: Ricardo Gareca

Stats Summary: USA / PER
Shots: 5 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
PER – Luis Advíncula (caution)                          45th minute
USA – Tim Weah (caution)                                 54
PER – Christian Cueva (caution)                       82

Officials: 
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
4th Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Wil Trapp

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Teenage Goals: Josh Sargent Has Two Before 19th Birthday

For Josh Sargent, the year 2017 was about performing at Youth World Cups. At 17 years old, the O’Fallon, Mo. product picked up the Silver Boot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic before captaining the U-17 side later that year in India.

Now a professional with Werder Bremen, Sargent has continued his goal-scoring form by bagging six goals in 10 matches for the club’s reserve side. While he waits for his first-team debut, the 18-year-old has taken his opportunities with the U.S. Men’s National Team this year, tallying two goals in two starts.

The latest came in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Peru in East Hartford, Conn., when a free kick delivery from Kellyn Acosta found the clinical striker at the top of the area. Having recorded his first goal in his international debut this past May against Bolivia, Sargent became just the fourth MNT player to tally two goals before his 19th birthday and third-youngest to do so (see table below).

MNT Players to Score Before 19th Birthday

Player

Date of Second Goal

Result

Age

Christian Pulisic

Sept. 2, 2016

6-0 W vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

17 years, 349 days

Juan Agudelo

March 27, 2011

1-1 D vs. Argentina

18 years, 123 days

Josh Sargent

Oct. 16, 2018

1-1 D vs. Peru

18 years, 238 days

Jozy Altidore

Oct. 11, 2008

6-1 W vs. Cuba

18 years, 339 days

 


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MNT Draws Peru 1-1 in Final Home Kickoff Series Match

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2018) — Bouyed by 18-year-old Josh Sargent’s 49th minute strike, the U.S. Men’s National Team played to a spirited 1-1 draw against Peru in front of 24,959 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The result in USA-Peru, presented by Volpi Foods, sees the MNT move to 3-3-3 in 2018.   

While the match marked the return of veteran Brad Guzan between the sticks, the nine players that started in front of him held eight or fewer caps going into the match, including debutantes Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long.

Despite some lack of familiarity, the U.S. team strung together a few good attacking chances early on. Following a ninth minute throw-in on the left, midfielder Marky Delgado switched the field to send Tim Weah into space down the right. The 18-year-old ran at Nilson Loyola and centered for Kellyn Acosta, whose left-footed hit breezed wide of the right post.

Then on the quarter-hour mark, a quick counter attack almost came good for the MNT. Acosta played forward for Sargent on the left, with the rising striker playing a clever backheel into the path of Amon. The speedy winger cut inside but over-hit the final pass as Weah sped down the right flank.

Carrying large swaths of possession through the rest of the half, Peru was able to connect passes in and around the area, but a stingy effort from the U.S. midfield and back line ensured none of La Blanquirroja’s four first-half shots were on target.

In fact, the visitors’ most threatening attack wasn’t a shot at all. In the 38th minute, Andy Polo fed Paolo Hurtado down the right. The winger swung in a dangerous cross to the near post, but Guzan alertly read it, cutting out the danger at the six as Raul Ruidiaz lurked in behind.

The U.S. sprung the attack on the other side of halftime. Just two minutes in, Amon pumped a ball over the back line to put Sargent into space. The striker gained entry into the box, and cut back to juke a Peru defender before centering for Weah, but his one-time effort curved wide of the right post.

With a bit of confidence after that play, Sargent put his name on the scoresheet two minutes later. Following a foul committed against Amon on the right, Acosta delivered a pinpoint low ball for Sargent at the top of the area, with the young striker hitting a one-time effort that came off of both Christian Ramos and Renato Tapia before hitting the back of the net.

A number of substitutions were made to aid Peru’s attack, but their first shot on goal didn’t come until the 70th minute, when Johan Madrid centered the ball for Yoshimar Yotun, but the Orlando City SC midfielder’s long-distance hit was easily held by Guzan. 

Another great look came to Peru five minutes later when Yotún played a pass for Polo. The Portland Timbers’ attacker hit a 25-yard effort that beat Guzan, but rang off the cross bar before the follow-up header from Ruidiaz was nodded over the bar.

Continuing to knock on the door, Peru finally broke through in the 86th minute when Polo’s low cross from the right found an unmarked Edison Flores for the late equalizer at the back left post. 

The MNT heads to Europe to close out 2018 and the Kickoff Series next month. The window opens in London as the USA makes its second visit to new Wembley Stadium to take on 2018 FIFA World Cup Semifinalists England on Thursday, Nov. 15 (3 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMás & UDN). The curtain comes down on the 2018 schedule five days later, when the MNT travels to Genk, Belgium to face four-time World Cup winners Italy at the Luminus Arena (2:45 p.m. ET; FS1, UniMas & UDN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent (Kellyn Acosta), 49th minute: Jonathan Amon was fouled near the right corner flag, leading to a dangerous free kick opportunity. In a well-worked set piece, Acosta delivered a low ball to the top of the area for Sargent, who one-timed an effort that deflected off Christian Ramos and Renato Tapia to roll past José Carvallo into the left side of the goal. USA 1, PER 0 [WATCH]

PER – Edison Flores (Andy Polo), 86th minute: Peru found the equalizer late. After winning the ball at midfield, it was swung over to Polo on the right. There, the attacker centered a low cross that slid through the six-yard box to find Flores for the unmarked tap-in at the back left post. USA 1, PER 1 FINAL

Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Brad Guzan, 38th minute: Generally busier barking instructions in the first half, Guzan was called into action just before the half when Andy Polo played a pass for Paolo Hurtado down the right. The winger swung in a dangerous cross to the near post, but Guzan alertly read it, cutting out the danger at the six with Raul Ruidiaz ready to strike.

PER – Pedro Aquino, 78th minute: Julian Green played Bobby Wood towards the end line on the right. The substitute striker cut a ball across the box where Ben Sweat took a swing, but Aquino was there to nod away the danger.

USA – Brad Guzan, 90+3 minute: Looking for the late winner, Peru earned a free kick on the right which saw Yordy Reyna swing in a dangerous cross, forcing Guzan to dive as he parried away the danger.

Additional Notes:

  • With his 49th minute strike, Sargent became just the fourth MNT player of the modern era to record two goals before his 19th birthday. The 18-year-old joins Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo and Christian Pulisic in that distinction.
  • Kellyn Acosta recorded his first career international assist on Sargent’s strike.
  • Entering in the 79th minute, Michael Bradley earned his 142nd cap, moving him past Clint Dempsey into sole possession of third on the MNT’s all-time list.
  • The MNT moves to 3-2-2 all-time against Peru.
  • Tonight marks the MNT’s seventh match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
  • The USA’s starting XI averaged 23 years, 157 days and 9.6 caps.
  • Dave Sarachan made nine changes to the lineup that faced Colombia, with midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Tim Weah as the two holdovers from Thursday.
  • The most senior player in the lineup, goalkeeper Brad Guzan, made his first appearance since Sept. 5, 2017 at Honduras.
  • Wil Trapp returned to the lineup to captain the side and made his team-leading seventh appearance of 2018.
  • Aside from Guzan (58) and Acosta (21), nine of the 11 MNT starters had eight or fewer caps prior to the match.
  • Dave Sarachan handed Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long their international debuts, taking the total number of debutantes in 2018 to 19 – third most in the modern era. The record for MNT debuts in a calendar year is 21 (1992), followed by 20 (2007).
  • At age 19, Jonathan Amon became the sixth teenager to appear for the MNT in 2018, the most of any calendar year during the modern era. He joined Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, as well as recently-turned 20-year olds Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic.
  • Amon and Cannon also took the total of 2018 MNT debutantes that are eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics to nine.
  • Sarachan deployed a four-man back line with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Long pairing in central defense, while Cannon (right), Sweat (left) line up as full backs.
  • The five-man midfield featured Trapp in the central holding role behind Acosta and Delgado, with Weah on the right and Amon on the left, while Sargent started up top as the lone striker.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, Andrija Novakovich and Kenny Saief were healthy scratches from the roster. The teams were allowed to make six substitutions.  

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Peru
Date: October 16, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Attendance: 24,959
Kickoff: 8:05 p.m. ET
Weather: 45 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F                                                                        
USA                                      0             1             1
PER                                      0             1             1

USA – Josh Sargent (Kellyn Acosta)                                         49th minute
PER – Edison Flores (Andy Polo)                                              86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 18-Reggie Cannon (2-DeAndre Yedlin; 84), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 21-Aaron Long, 19-Ben Sweat; 20-Will Trapp (capt.), 11-Tim Weah (17-Antonee Robinson; 90+2), 8-Marky Delgado, 23-Kellyn Acosta (4-Michael Bradley; 79), 24-Jonathan Amon (16-Julian Green; 55); 13-Josh Sargent (7-Bobby Wood; 69)
Substitutes not used: 22-Ethan Horvath, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks, 14-Fafa Picault,
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

PER: 21-José Carvallo; 5-Alexander Callens, 7-Paolo Hurtado (26-Yordy Reyna; 59), 8-Sergio Peña (19-Yoshimar  Yotún; 66), 11-Raúl Ruidiaz, 13-Renato Tapia (23-Pedro Aquino; 67), 14-Andy Polo (18-André Carrillo; 90+1), 15-Christian Ramos (capt.), 17-Luis Advíncula (2-Johan Madrid; 46), 20-Edison Flores, 22-Nilson Loyola;
Substitutes: 1-Pedro Gallese, 12-Patricio Álvarez, 4-Anderson Santamaria, 6-Miguel Trauco, 10-Christian Cueva, 16-Horacia Calcaterra, ,24-Wilder Cartagena
Head coach: Ricardo Gareca

Stats Summary: USA / PER
Shots: 5 / 14
Shots on Goal: 2 / 3
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 10
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
PER – Luis Advíncula (caution)                          45th minute
USA – Tim Weah (caution)                                 54
PER – Christian Cueva (caution)                       82

Officials:
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
4th Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Wil Trapp

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Lineup Notes: U.S. MNT vs. Peru

USA vs. Peru Lineup Notes, presented by Volpi Foods
International Friendly
Oct. 16, 2018
Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Live Broadcast: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN

Tonight’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Peru: 1-Brad Guzan; 18-Reggie Cannon, 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 21-Aaron Long, 19-Ben Sweat; 20-Wil Trapp (c); 11-Tim Weah, 8-Marky Delgado, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 24-Jonathan Amon; 13-Josh Sargent

Substitutes: 22-Ethan Horvath, 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Michael Bradley, 6-John Brooks, 7-Bobby Wood, 14-Fafa Picault, 16-Julian Green, 17-Antonee Robinson

  • U.S. MNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): Brad Guzan (59), Kellyn Acosta (21), Wil Trapp (9), Tim Weah (7), Cameron Carter-Vickers (6), Marky Delgado and Josh Sargent (5 each), Ben Sweat (2), Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon, Aaron Long (1 each)
  • Dave Sarachan makes nine changes to the starting XI that faced Colombia, with midfielders Kellyn Acosta and Tim Weah as the two holdovers from Thursday.
  • The Starting XI averages 23 years, 157 days and 9.6 caps.
  • The most senior player in the lineup, goalkeeper Brad Guzan makes his first appearance since Sept. 5, 2017 at Honduras.
  • Guzan is the lone starter that has experience against Peru, minding the net in the MNT’s 2-1 defeat of La Blanquirroja on Sept. 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
  • Wil Trapp returns to the lineup to captain the side. The midfielder makes his team-leading seventh appearance of 2018.
  • Upon the opening whistle, the number of MNT debutantes in 2018 will rise to 19, as Dave Sarachan hands Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long their international debuts.
  • Amon, Cannon and Long join Ben Sweat as the four players making their first starts for the MNT tonight. 
  • With matches against England and Italy still to play next month, the 2018 debut total is already the third most of the modern era (1990-present) behind 1992 (21) and 2007 (20).
  • At age 19, Jonathan Amon becomes the sixth teenager to appear for the MNT in 2018, the most of any calendar year during the modern era. He joins Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, as well as recently-turned 20-year olds Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic.
  • Amon and Cannon take the total of 2018 MNT debutantes that are eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics to nine, while 11 players did so at age 22 or under. 
  • Five players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics: Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah
  • Already making his seventh MNT appearance, 18-year-old Tim Weah has the fourth-most caps of the USA starting XI. In Thursday’s defeat to Colombia, Weah (18 years, 232 days) became the third-youngest player in the modern era to register an assist, coming in behind only Christian Pulisic (17 years, 349 days) and Juan Agudelo (18 years, 197 days).
  • Josh Sargent earns his second career start. The 18-year-old became the second-youngest MNT player to score in his debut (also his first start) in the 3-0 win against Bolivia on May 28 in Chester, Pa. 
  • Should he appear in tonight’s match, midfielder Michael Bradley will earn his 142nd cap, which would move him into sole possession of third on the MNT’s all-time appearance list. Currently tied with Clint Dempsey, the pair sit behind only Cobi Jones (164) and Landon Donovan (157).
  • Sarachan deploys a four-man back line with Carter-Vickers and Long pairing in central defense, while Cannon (right), Sweat (left) line up as full backs.
  • The five-man midfield features Trapp in the central holding role behind Acosta and Delgado, with Weah on the right and Amon on the left.
  • Sargent starts up top as the lone striker. 
  • The MNT holds a 3-2-1 all-time advantage against Peru.
  • Eight players are products of U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs: Kellyn Acosta and Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Jonathan Amon (South Carolina United Battery), Marky Delgado (Chivas USA/IMG Academy), Aaron Long (Arsenal FC), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri), Ben Sweat (Chargers SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Tim Weah (BW Gottschee/New York Red Bulls),
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, Andrija Novakovich and Kenny Saief are healthy scratches from tonight’s match. Teams are allowed to make six substitutions.   
  • Tonight marks the MNT’s seventh match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. The USA holds a 4-1-1 all-time record and last defeated Ghana 2-1 in a Gold Cup warm-up match on July 1, 2017.   
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Brad Guzan Will Return to Goal Against Peru

While MNT head coach Dave Sarachan wasn’t willing to tip his hand too much during the pre-match press conference on the USA’s starting lineup against Peru, he did confirm that a player with a wealth of experience will backstop the U.S. defense when he announced that Brad Guzan will start against La Blanquirroja.

The news didn’t come as much of a surprise, but was all but confirmed when Zack Steffen departed camp after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring following Thursday’s match against Colombia. 

Guzan debuted for the MNT all the way back in 2006 and did so with a bit more hair on his head. Tuesday’s match will mark his 59th appearance for the MNT and first in more than a year. The Atlanta United FC ‘keeper last stood between the sticks during the USA’s 1-1 World Cup Qualifying draw at Honduras on Sept. 5, 2017, in San Pedro Sula.


Brad Guzan debuted for the MNT in a 4-0 win against Guatemala on Feb, 19, 2006 (ISI Photos)

While it’s been over a year since he suited up for the MNT, the veteran told ussoccer.com on Monday that nothing has changed in the way he’ll approach things.

“Just being involved with the group, I’ve always said it’s an honor and privilege to be with this team. To be able to get a game is always exciting. It should be a good night.”

Guzan joined Michael Bradley as the two long-time MNT veterans that returned to the side during this camp. At 34, he will be the oldest player to appear for a U.S. team that has emphasized its youth throughout 2018.

Even as the next generation of MNT players has gained great experience and earned some quality results this year, the return of veteran presence to the team was inevitable, with the experience and leadership they can provide serving as important attributes to a group that will soon tackle competitive matches in the Concacaf Gold Cup, Nations League and World Cup Qualifying.

At the start of camp, both players said they were looking forward to getting to know and helping guide their younger teammates. So coming up on the end of the international break, how has it looked?

“It’s been good,” Guzan said. “Obviously in terms of off the field things, they have different things going on their life than I do. It’s been interesting, and quite frankly it’s been fun to be able to talk to them, get to know them on a personal level and see how they’re doing. Ultimately when you step across the white line, in terms of training and games, it’s about trying to get results and moving this thing forward.”

Brad Guzan speaks to Fafa Picault ahead of training last week in Tampa (ISI Photos)

The next opportunity for a result comes against Peru. Guzan watched from the bench as the U.S. team rebounded to take the lead, but ultimately fell 4-2 to Colombia.

Asked what the youngsters in front of him could take from the experience, Guzan said, “every international, regardless of who you play, is going to be a challenge.”

“It’s important for us to learn from the Colombia game in the sense of making sure we’re able to dictate the game on our terms and not let the it get away from us. Come Tuesday night it’s going to be important that we’re able to get on the ball and keep the ball for stretches at a time, and not just try to hit a home run ball with the first or second pass, and the ball turns over and we’re defending again.”

“It’s going to be important that we get that right.”

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Teenagers Getting Their Chance with the MNT in 2018

One of the main points of emphasis for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2018 has been to offer the next generation of players a taste of the senior international level.

In doing so, MNT head coach Dave Sarachan has already given 16 players debuts in 2018, a number that could go as high as 19 should Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long take part in Tuesday night’s Kickoff Series match against Peru (7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN). 

The chances of at least one more debut seems high after Sarachan said Monday that he planned numerous changes to the lineup from Thursday's match against Colombia. 

For those interested, the year 2018 already comes in at third most debuts during the modern era (1990-present), ranking behind only 1992 (21) and 2007 (20). Of those that have taken their first step with the MNT this year, 11 have been age 22 or under and nine are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Perhaps most notable is the record number of teenagers that have represented the MNT in 2018. Five players – Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, as well as recently turned 20-year-olds Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic – have run out for the MNT while teenagers this year.

That total beats out the modern era record of four set just last year, and could increase to six if Amon steps on the field Tuesday night.

MNT Most Teenage Minutes by Calendar Year (1990-present)

Year

Number

Players

2018

5^

Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah

2017

4

Tyler Adams, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic

2014

3

Julian Green, Emerson Hyndman, Rubio Rubin

2007

3

Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley

2002 and 2001

3

DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan

1996

3

Ramiro Corrales, Jorge Flores, Jovan Kirovski

All caps accounted for were earned while player was a teenager
^Number could increase to six if Jonathan Amon plays Tuesday against Peru.

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