Jozy Altidore fired the US national team to a 2-1 comeback win over Peru in Friday night’s friendly clash at RFK Stadium, as the former Sunderland striker netted twice in the second-half on his return to the side.
In their first match since a disappointing fourth-place finish at the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup, the hosts went behind in the 20th-minute when Peru striker Daniel Chavez’s shot from the edge of the box looped over goalkeeper Brad Guzan after taking a wicked deflection off Omar Gonzalez.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s men were on the back foot for most of the first-half but found the equaliser following the break when Altidore, who was making his first appearance for the team since being sent home after the Gold Cup group stages due to fitness issues, won a spot-kick just before the hour and scored on the rebound after his initial effort was saved.
The stand-in captain then added his second nine minutes later thanks to Sunderland’s Tottenham Hotspur loanee DeAndre Yedlin and fellow winger Gyasi Zardes, who combined in and around the box to set up their skipper for a simple tap-in that proved to be the winner.
Speaking about the Toronto FC star’s two-goal performance after the match, head coach Klinsmann told MLSSoccer.com: “Jozy’s coming from a little bit of a difficult couple of weeks or months after the Gold Cup. Getting back into a rhythm with Toronto, coming off the bench here and there.
“The hope was really kind of seeing the maximum [he could play]. We said, ‘We’ll see how that goes,’ and I was actually surprised that he went [the full 90 minutes]. It’s just great to have him back."
Here are some of the images from the game in Washington D.C.