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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 Read more
MNT Oct 16, 2018

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-Kel Read more
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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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PREVIEW: MNT Closes Out 2018 Home Schedule Against Peru | Tuesday, Oct. 16 | 7:30pm ET | ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 14, 2018) – Following Thursday’s 4-2 defeat to Colombia, the U.S. Men’s National Team continues to challenge itself against strong international opponents when it takes on 2018 FIFA World Cup participants Peru on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Coverage of the MNT’s fourth Kickoff Series match begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN.

Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_MNT) and Instagram (@ussoccer_MNT) accounts.

Here is a preview of USA-Peru, presented by Volpi Foods.

DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (2)1-Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 58/0), 22-Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (8)6-John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 35/3), 18-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 0/0), 5-Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 5/0), 21-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), 3-Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 10/1), 17-Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 5/0), 19-Ben Sweat (New York City FC; 1/0), 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 55/0)

MIDFIELDERS (9)23-Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 20/2), 24-Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 0/0), 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 141/17), 8-Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 4/0), 16-Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 13/4), 14-Fafa Picault (Philadelphia Union; 2/0) 15-Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 3/0), 20-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0), 11-Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 6/1)

FORWARDS (3)9-Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 3/0), 13-Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 4/1), 7-Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 42/13)

STORYLINES

MNT FALLS IN SPIRITED 4-2 DEFEAT TO COLOMBIA

The highlight reel got plenty of use and an MNT side growing together gained lots of experience in Thursday’s 4-2 defeat to Colombia. Following James Rodriguez’s first-half golazo, the MNT utilized opportunistic strikes from Kellyn Acosta and Bobby Wood to take an early second-half advantage. Led by its powerful attack, Colombia rebounded via goals from Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca and a bicycle kick Miguel Angel Borja to see the match out. While disappointed with the defeat, MNT players recognized there were plenty of lessons to learn from the experience.

STEFFEN DEPARTS MNT CAMP

After playing the full 90 minutes against Peru, goalkeeper Zack Steffen experienced tightness in his right hamstring and the decision was made for him to depart camp, allowing the 23-year-old to return to Columbus Crew SC as a precaution. Steffen was not replaced on the roster, leaving the squad at 22 players going into the Peru match. Earning his sixth cap against Colombia, Steffen tied Kasey Keller (1990) and Troy Perkins (2009) for most appearances by an MNT goalkeeper during his debut year and can break the record with an appearance next month against either England or Italy.

WITH ASSIST TIM WEAH JOINS DISTINGUISHED COMPANY

Tim Weah registered his first career assist when he threaded a clever ball to Bobby Wood in the 56th minute of Tuesday’s match against Colombia. With that, Weah (18 years, 232 days) became the third youngest player to register an assist for the MNT, coming in behind only Christian Pulisic (17 years, 349 days) and Juan Agudelo (18 years, 197 days). See below for the full list of MNT players that achieved the feat during their teenage years.

Player

First Assist

Opponent/Result

Age

Christian Pulisic

Sept. 2, 2016

6-0 W at St. Vincent and the Grenadines

17 years, 349 days

Juan Agudelo

June 7, 2011

2-0 W vs. Canada

18 years, 197 days

Tim Weah

Oct. 11, 2018

2-4 L vs. Colombia

18 years, 232 days

Landon Donovan

Oct. 25, 2000

2-0 W vs. Mexico

18 years, 236 days

Jozy Altidore

Oct. 15, 2008

1-2 L at Trinidad & Tobago

18 years, 344 days

Freddy Adu

June 22, 2008

1-0 W at Barbados

19 years, 20 days

DaMarcus Beasley

Jan. 27, 2002

4-0 W vs. El Salvador

19 years, 149 days

Already with a goal to his name, it is also true that Weah is the third youngest player to register a goal and assist for the MNT, also behind Pulisic and Agudelo.

VETERANS RETURN

While the emphasis from the past year has been placed on bringing along the MNT’s next generation, the master plan has always included the return of key veteran players into the mix. As a result, the October matches presented the right time to begin the reintegration process, with MNT head coach Dave Sarachan tapping midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan to return to the squad for this month’s matches against Colombia and Peru.

“When you are building a team, at some point there has to be the proper blend of youth and experience,” Sarachan told ussoccer.com last week. “As we head into these last four friendlies of the year, I felt the timing was right to begin that transition. I think it’s important to do it earlier than a week before the Gold Cup or a World Cup Qualifier. Bringing in players like Michael and Brad, who have a vast amount of experience and can be a great resource for our younger players – both on and off the field – is an important step for us at this point in time.”

Bradley wore the captain’s armband once again and went the full 90 minutes in Thursday’s loss to Colombia, while Guzan is expected to start against Peru on Tuesday.

PERU BRINGS STRONG ROSTER FOR USA MATCH
Playing in their first World Cup since 1982, La Blanquirroja captured hearts with their enthusiastic play and incredible fan support this summer in Russia.

Manager Ricardo Gareca has largely stuck with the team he took to the World Cup, calling up 16 players from the squad for Peru’s matches against Chile and the USA this month. Along attacking midfielder Christian Cueva, the Peru roster is notable for having four players based in Major League Soccer, with forwards Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC) and Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps FC) joining midfielders Andy Polo (Portland Timbers) and Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC) on the squad.

RESTART ROLLING

With the 2022 cycle officially underway, the process of elevating a rising crop of internationals is already in motion. Since November of last year, a total of 19 players have debuted for the senior MNT. Seventeen of them came in under 24 years old at the time of their first caps, while 10 will be age-eligible to represent the U-23 MNT in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament and 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. ussoccer.com has profiled 11 of these hopefuls at the start of the new video series RISING: Emerging Faces of the U.S. Men’s National Team, which chronicle the route of players on their quest to become a part of the National Team by going behind the scenes with family, youth, coaches, teammates and professional club managers from across the world. [WATCH SERIES]

USA-PERU NOTES

  • Having first met in 1989, the MNT leads the series with a 3-2-1 record.
  • In the last meeting, the USA used a brace from Jozy Altidore to earn a 2-1 comeback victory on Sept. 4, 2015 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
  • Tuesday’s match comes 22 years to the day of Peru’s first win in the series, a 4-1 victory  on Oct. 16, 1996 in Lima.  

USA ROSTER NOTES

  • As of Oct. 16, 2018, the 22-player roster carries an average age of 24 years, 62 days, while 15 players are 23 years and under.
  • Six players are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (born 1997 or later): Jonathan Amon, Reggie Cannon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Antonee Robinson, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah
  • Following the Colombia match, the roster averages 18.9 caps, with 16 players holding 10 or less appearances.
  • The MNT’s October camp has been highlighted by the return of long-time veterans, midfielder Michael Bradley and goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
  • With his next appearance, midfielder Michael Bradley will move into sole possession of third place on the MNT’s all-time caps list. Bradley currently sits tied with Clint Dempsey (141 caps) and sits behind only Cobi Jones (164) and Landon Donovan (157).
  • Coming on in the 75th minute of Thursday’s match against Colombia, Ben Sweat became the 16th player to earn their MNT debut this year – third most in the modern era behind 1992 (21) and 2007 (20).
  • Three more players have the chance to make their debuts on Tuesday: midfielder Jonathan Amon and defenders Reggie Cannon and Aaron Long.
  • Bradley (141) and Guzan (58) lead the way in caps, followed by DeAndre Yedlin (55), Bobby Wood (42) and John Brooks (35).
  • The roster features players that ply their trade in nine different countries: USA (7), Germany (4), Belgium, Canada, England and France (2 each); Denmark, Netherlands and Wales (one each)
  • Bobby Wood’s 53rd minute strike against Colombia was his team-leading third of the year and fourth career goal against Top-20 ranked opponents.
  • Tim Weah’s assist on Wood’s goal made him the third youngest MNT player to record a goal and assist at 18 years, 232 days. He comes in behind only Christian Pulisic (17 years, 349 days) and Juan Agudelo (18 years, 197 days).
  • One of 16 players to make their senior-team debuts this year, Antonee Robinson leads the MNT with two assists, providing helpers to Tim Weah (May 28 vs. Bolivia) and Tyler Adams (Sept. 11 vs. Mexico).
  • Last seen during the MNT’s 1-1 draw with France back in June, 18-year-old Josh Sargent has had a strong start to his competitive tenure at Werder Bremen, leading the club’s reserve side with six goals in 10 matches.    
  • Andrija Novakovich joins Amon in leading the MNT’s European contingent with four goals scored this season with Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch Eredivisie.
  • A right back in the midst of his second MLS season, Reggie Cannon has appeared in each of FC Dallas’ 30 matches, adding a goal and three assists for the Western Conference leaders.
  • Left back Ben Sweat has been a stalwart for New York City FC in 2018, appearing in 27 of 32 matches to help the club clinch a third-consecutive postseason berth.
  • Also in his second season with Nordsjælland, 19-year-old winger Jonathan Amon has recorded four goals in eight matches across all competitions for the Danish side this campaign.
  • Four players took part in the MNT’s last meeting with Peru, a 2-1 win on Sept. 4, 2015 in Washington, D.C.: John Brooks, Brad Guzan, Bobby Wood and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Ten players have been part of a final U.S. roster at a youth World Cup: Kellyn Acosta, Michael Bradley, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Marky Delgado Ethan Horvath, Matt Miazga, Josh Sargent, Wil Trapp, Tim Weah and DeAndre Yedlin.

PERU ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals): *Updated through 10/12/2018

GOALKEEPERS (3): Patricio Álvarez (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), José Carvallo (Universidad Técnica de Cajamarca; 6/0), Pedro Gallese (Veracruz/MEX; 45/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Luis Advíncula (Rayo Vallecano/ESP; 72/1), Alexander Callens (Rayo Vallecano/ESP; 72/1), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz/MEX; 4/0), Nilson Loyola (Melgar; 5/0), Johan Madrid (Sporting Cristal; 0/0), Christian Ramos (Al-Nassr/KSA; 73/3), Anderson Santamaría (Puebla/MEX; 11/0), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo/BRA; 33/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Pedro Aquino (Club León/MEX; 18/3), Horacio Calcaterra (Sporting Cristal; 3/0), Christian Cueva (Krasnodar/RUS; 52/8), Edison Flores (Morelia/MEX; 35/9), Paolo Hurtado (Konyaspor/TUR; 35/3), Sergio Peña (C.D. Tondela/POR; 5/0), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord/NED; 35/3), Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC/USA; 79/2)

FORWARDS (4): André Carillo (Al-Hilal/KSA; 52/6), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers/USA; 18/1), Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; 19/2), Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC/USA; 33/4)

PERU NOTES

  • Peru began the new World Cup cycle last month with matching 2-1 defeats to Netherlands and Germany.
  • Most recently, they used a brace from Pedro Aquino to defeat Chile 3-0 on Oct. 12 in Miami Gardens, Fla.    
  • Sixteen players on the roster were part of Peru’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.
  • Forward André Carillo scored what would stand as the game-winning goal in Peru’s 2-0 defeat of Australia – their first World Cup win since 1978.
  • Peru has been managed by Ricardo Gareca since 2015. He led the country to a fourth-place finish at that year’s Copa America as well as qualification to the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1982.
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