Competition: International Friendly
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington – Friday, September 4 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: USA 8/11 – Draw 5/2 – Peru 7/2
The US Men’s National Team return to action on Friday night as they take on Peru at DC United’s RFK Stadium in Washington in an international friendly.
Both sides will look to use the game to fine-tune some key details before they both play important matches in a month’s time. Peru take on Colombia in a key World Cup qualifier on October 9, while the USA face Mexico in their crucial CONCACAF Confederations Cup play-off game a day later.
Jurgen Klinsmann is under pressure after the USMNT’s disappointing Gold Cup campaign in July and will look to end a two-game losing streak on home soil here.
That will be a very tricky task against a Peru side that impressed in this summer’s Copa America as they finished in third place behind Argentina and eventual winners Chile.
They have only lost once in their last five outings and seem to be in fine shape heading into their World Cup qualifying campaign.
The USA face two huge tests against South American opponents this week as they play Brazil after the game with Peru. Klinsmann needs to ensure there are positives heading into the Mexico showdown and that’s the key here.
Tim Howard has returned to duty following a year’s absence but isn’t expected to walk straight back into the starting lineup as Brad Guzan appears Klinsmann’s first choice between the sticks for now.
This will be just the sixth meeting between these two nations and the first since 2000, as the USA beat Peru 1-0 in the Gold Cup on that occasion.
USMNT fans will be delighted to see Tim Howard’s name back on the team sheet but Brad Guzan will likely remain No. 1 for now. There are only six MLS players in the squad for the game, with European-based Americans looking to shine in the upcoming games. The likes of Jonathan Spector, Andrew Wooten and Tim Ream will all hope to get some minutes and prove their worth.
Peru have called up most of the players that starred in the Copa America this summer, with Paolo Guerrero looking to continue his fine goalscoring form after netting four in the tournament. Jefferson Farfan is probably the most recognised name on the squad but Peru have plenty of threats all over the pitch for the USMNT to deal with.
USA’s last five: W/D/W/L/L
Peru’s last five: W/D/W/L/W
Key Stat: The USA’s last game at RFK Stadium saw a thrilling game that ended 4-3 to the USMNT against Germany. More goals are to be expected in this one.
Key Player: Jozy Altidore – The powerful Toronto striker has scored in two of the USA’s five friendlies in 2015 and will hope to shine here as the most experienced striker on the roster.
USA 2-2 Peru – Difficult to split the sides coming into this one and both will be using the match to fix any apparent problems before huge games next month. Goals are to be expected but a draw looks to be the most likely result.