It was rarely a good thing, but a Green-American national team lost 1-1 to the 2018 World Cup squad on Tuesday night in East Hartford, Connecticut.
The hosts were very sloppy from the night but just clicked enough in the second half to dance Josh Sargent for the opener. They also gave off a large percentage of possession and stooped repeatedly, but resisted to break until Edison Flores mustered a deserved equalizer for Peru four minutes from time.
As a periodic reminder, all the characters on a scale with "6" are given as an average grade. The ratings also refer to the minutes played, so that a 90-minute "7" is more impressive than one earned from half an hour.
Brad Guzan (5.5) ̵
Reggie Cannon (5) – The debutant from FC Dallas was extremely hesitant in the first half. Cannon improved slightly after the break and offered a more defensive bite and some possession on the flank.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (6.5) – While not terribly tidy, Carter-Vickers generally got the job of defense by good positioning
Aaron Long (6.5) – Although Long made his international debut, Long may have the "business as usual" look. The New York Red Bulls player turned away several crosses and collected a total of 12 defense stops.
Ben Sweat (5.5) – The left NYCFC back was wobbly as it could be in the opening frame and never really did much to go forward. In the second half, however, he made himself defensively strong and finished the race with 14 men.
Wil Trapp (4.5) – Although his typically strong outlet-passing game never really popped up, Trapp had a few solid moments vacuuming Peru in the first half.
Marky Delgado (4.5) – The Toronto FC midfielder shot off a terrific early starting position for a dangerous onslaught, but his first half was anything but downhill there. There was far too much sloppy play on the ball and not nearly enough steel to stop it. His play in the second half was significantly better in both directions, but still not snuffling.
Kellyn Acosta (4.5) – The Colorado Rapids midfielder had one night before a late departure. Acosta's best moment came on a smooth recovery, revealing Sargent's goal, but the rest of his dead ball was bad. He was also sloppy with the ball and, like Delgado, was too easy to handle in Central Park.
Timothy Weah (4) – The PSG attacker here and there showed some decent industry, but also the main fault was guilty. Having narrowly missed a big chance in the first half, Weah unfortunately fell for a brilliant door-to-door opportunity to add a late insurance. He was also able to close the Crosser on Peru's Leveler.
Jonathan Amon (6) – The young winger quickly made it clear that he can free himself at this level, but he has to make making game decisions faster. For a debut, it was certainly encouraging.
Josh Sargent (7) – The second youngest US player on the field was also the smartest. Sargent managed Attack Hope with some sophisticated Link touches to save runners and patience in the area. Eventually, he received his target reward with clinical, albeit defeated, result.
Coach Dave Sarachan (4) – An unwise midfielder construction caused major problems all night. It's a recurring theme with this program, and sooner or later someone will have to realize that bundling the center of the park with players is a self-obsessive strategy. And disturbing for observers.
Julian Green (5.5) – The early-second half-shore carried out some much-needed pressure valve maneuvers, but never threatened the backline of Peru.
Bobby Wood (6) – Wood wrote the fantastic line-up that Weah missed, but his touch dropped him on the two occasions he tried to burst behind the defense of Peru.
Michael Bradley (5.5) – The bald eagle was not helpful from the point of view of the pressure valve, but it did leave a certain amount of free space.
DeAndre Yedlin (2) – The young veteran basically had a job that needed to be done in his six minutes of action, but he dozed off to cover the rebound against Peru's equalizer. Yedlin should now go beyond such mistakes.
Antonee Robinson (-) – Nothing but a cameo.