Player Ratings: Unites States 2, Peru 1

The US had their first of two friendlies this break at RFK Stadium last night, which serve as a tune-up for their one-game playoff in October against Mexico to see who goes to the Confederations Cup. It was a refreshing and dynamic performance in contrast to the lethargic performances they put in during the Gold Cup. The US fought back from a 1-0 deficit behind two Altidore’s two second half goals. Here are my player ratings.

Brad Guzan–7
The goal took a deflection that left Guzan in a state of helpless that he couldn’t stop. He made a key save right before the second goal during a key moment in the game.

Michael Orozco–6
He tried to get forward with varying degrees of success. He was solid otherwise defensively.

Omar Gonzalez–6.5
During Peru’s best spell in the first half, he was tested and he did well in his one-on-one tackling. Whether he will be the starter next month is hard to see.

John Brooks–6.5
A quiet but steady performance as he seems to be solidifying his role in the US backline.

Tim Ream–6.5
Defensively, he played a nearly impeccable game. The only negative was that for a left back, he really added no offensive thrust (although Zardes didn’t appear to need any help).

DeAndre Yedlin–6.5
He was superb in the second half helping the US pressure further up the field. His speed can cause problems, and he made a great run in the build-up to the second goal.

Jermaine Jones–6
He was steady and had moments, but really his energy and drive has been missing for the US. Injuries remain a concern, but a healthy Jones still seems one of the top midfielders in the US pool.

Alejandro Bedoya–6
He did well although probably didn’t get on the ball as much as he would have wanted. His corners, however, were better than expected as they were usually delivered into a dangerous zone.

Gyasi Zardes–8.5
He was an absolute menace consistently getting the ball into the box and the Peruvian defenders couldn’t keep him in front of them.

Bobby Wood–5.5
His effort is without question, but for me doesn’t have the consistency right now to be a starter as he often fades out of the game.

Jozy Altidore–7
He was nothing close to how he played at the Gold Cup. He was dynamic and powerful providing a focal point to transition from defense to offense. The biggest concern has been his injury history and whether the US has anyone that can replace him.

Substitutes:
Mix Diskerud–6

Ventura Alvarado–6.5
He made a couple of nice plays with the ball in tight quarters. He wasn’t tested, but in my mind he still needs to avoid making key positional mistakes in defense.

Goeff Cameron–6.5
He was a solid and sound right back. He showed the ability to contribute a bit in attack, but mostly stayed at home.

Matt Besler–6.5
He read the game well cutting out a couple of moments

Danny Williams–5.5
He was brought on to spell Jones and screen the defense. He cut out a couple of crosses.

Aron Johannsson–5.5
He didn’t have much time to impress but made good runs although he and Jozy haven’t quite found a cohesive rhythm together.

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