Following a 4-2 defeat to Colombia last Thursday, the U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Peru on Tuesday, October 16. Coverage begins at 4:30 PM PT on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN, with the match kicking off closer to 5 PM.
Peru recently played in their first World Cup since 1982, and Manager Ricardo Gareca called in 16 of the players he took to the World Cup for Peru’s two friendlies in this window. That includes four MLS players: forwards Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders) and Yordy Reyna (Vancouver Whitecaps) and midfielders Andy Polo (Portland Timbers) and Yoshimar Yotún (Orlando City SC).
After 2-1 losses to both Germany and the Netherlands in September, Peru earned a 3-0 win over Chile last week. Ruidíaz started that match, which was scoreless after the first half. Then, a Chilean own goal opened the scoring before Pedro Aquino tallied twice. Ruidíaz has 4 goals in 33 caps for Peru, and will likely not start today after going 85 minutes against Chile.
The U.S., meanwhile, showed some promise in the attack at times against Colombia, and found the back of the net twice. But the defense — including former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin — was disorganized and easily exposed. They shouldn’t be challenged as much today, but Peru could still cause the backline some problems.
This could be the last match for interim manager Dave Sarachan, as U.S. Soccer is reportedly aiming to announce a permanent manager by November 1, with Columbus Crew’s Gregg Berhalter looking to be the favorite for the post. Will his interim career end with a win? Tune in to find out.
49’ - Josh Sargent puts the U.S. up 1-0
86’ - Peru equalizes
FULL TIME: The U.S. closes out its home matches in 2018 with a 1-1 draw with Peru. Full highlights below.
Ruidiaz gets the start
How to Watch
Time: Coverage beings: 4:30 PM PT, Kickoff at 5:00 PM
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Available TV: ESPN2, Univision and Univision Deportes
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