USA player ratings v Peru: Zardes leads the way, as likes of Guzan and Yedlin show their worth

Jurgen Klinsmann USA

A Jozy Altidore brace earned Jurgen Klinsmann's side a 2-1 victory in Friday night's friendly clash at RFK Stadium.

Brad Guzan 8/10 – The Aston Villa keeper could do little about Daniel Chavez’s 20th-minute opener due to a wicked deflection, while an outstanding double-save in the second-half allowed the States to take the lead moments later. If that was a sign of things to come, Tim Howard's going to find it hard to win back the No. 1 spot.

Michael Orozco 6/10 – A strange choice to start at right-back with Cameron on the bench, the natural centre-half looked solid at the back but failed to offer much going forward in his 45-minute spell.

Omar Gonzalez 5/10 – Deserves all the blame for Chavez’s strike after making the bizarre decision to backpedal before the shot came in – a mistake which could have hurt his starting chances for next month’s Mexico showdown.

John Brooks 6/10 – Struggled to deal with Jefferson Farfan at times but managed to go unpunished. Had a golden chance to equalise before the break but blazed his shot over the bar when it looked easier to score.

Tim Ream 7.5/10 – Showed he’s more than capable of filling in at left-back for Klinsmann’s side with a solid two-way performance. Certainly not as flashy as first-choice Fabian Johnson but very few complaints.

DeAndre Yedlin 8/10 – The Tottenham Hotspur loanee flashed some of the potential that Sunderland fans will hope to some over the course of the season, using his blazing speed to exploit the space down the right flank and help set up Altidore’s winner.

Alejandro Bedoya 5/10 – Pulled at the break after going missing during the first-half. Just doesn’t seem to be able to influence the game from the centre of the park like he can on the wing.

Jermaine Jones 7/10 – Left a good impression on his return to the side with an energetic run-out. Made a few driving runs and almost got on the scoresheet in the first-half with a powerful shot that Peru goalkeeper Diego Penny just managed to tip over the bar.

Gyasi Zardes 8.5/10 – Even in a less favoured wing role, the Mohawk-earing striker still managed to shine on the night, causing Peru big problems with his pace and direct running. Capped off his performance with the assist for Altidore’s 68th-minute strike.

Bobby Wood 5.5/10 – Showed some good movement and hustle up top but found scoring opportunities few and far between.

Jozy Altidore 7.5/10 – Quiet in the first-half but came to life after the break, winning and converting a spot-kick on the rebound before tapping in a second off a delectation from Zardes’ shot.

SUBSTITUTES

Geoff Cameron (Orozco 46) 7/10 – Helped slow down Peru’s attack with some smart and strong defending. Having him back in the fold after a summer off will prove a big boost for the coming games.

Ventura Alvarado (Gonzalez 46) 7/10 – After his struggles at the Gold Cup, the promising stopper looked much more composed coming off the bench. If he can cut down on the mental errors, there’s no doubt he can be an upgrade over Gonzalez.

Mix Diskerud (Bedoya 46) 7.5/10 – Has endured a fair amount of criticism for his form over the past few months but showed his value in the second-half with an all-action performance that helped change the game.

Matt Besler (Brooks 62) 7/10 – The backline looked much more organised following his introduction but whether Klinsmann will go with him over favourite Brooks against Brazil or Mexico is debatable.

Danny Williams (Jones 72) 7/10 – A solid replacement for Jones, while offering a bit more in the defensive department with his disciplined approach in front of the back four.

Aron Johannsson (Wood 72) 7/10 – A bright cameo from the Werder Bremen forward, who should have been starting over Wood based on what he offered during those final 20 minutes.

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