After playing Colombia to a thrilling 4-2 loss on Thursday, the US national team faces Peru on Tuesday (7:30 pm ET | ESPN2) under the promise of personnel change.
Interim head coach Dave Sarachan forecasted more than a few alterations to his starting XI.
“The game against Colombia was, for a friendly, a very high tempo game,” Sarachan said at a media conference Monday. “It’s taken a few extra days to reassess where everybody’s at. I was going into this game on Tuesday with the notion of making changes regardless, so we’re still working through it. I’m pretty close to having our first eleven. I’ll just leave it at that, that there are a number of changes.”
Sarachan was able to reveal one of those changes: Brad Guzan will be starting in goal. After Zack Steffen left the squad due to hamstring tightness, Sarachan announced that Guzan would be starting with Ethan Horvath as the backup.
Guzan will be one of many MLS players to feature Tuesday, not just on the US side as Peru’s squad has a strong MLS presence to it.
“We are very familiar with the players that are placed in Major League Soccer,” Sarachan said. “[Raul] Ruidiaz, [Yoshi] Yotun, [Yordy] Reyna, [Andy] Polo — high quality. Very similar in many ways to the team we just played in Colombia, where you have technical speed and quickness.”
Having already played Brazil, Mexico and Colombia on their Kickoff Series this fall, the USMNT aren’t overlooking Peru and the difficulties they bring.
“We’re excited to continue in this fall kickoff series playing against a very good opponent in Peru, it’ll once again be a great challenge for our group,” Sarachan said. “These experiences are critical in the process. It’s going to be a great challenge and we’re looking forward to it.”
Interim manager for a full year, Sarachan has held the position longer than he expected and is proud of the work he’s done during a transitional period for the USMNT.
“It’s been a year, it’s amazing,” Sarachan said. “There has been a real process of bringing together a number of players that I feel and we feel that have the potential to be apart of the program in the next calendar year and beyond. There’s been some continuity from camp to camp with a group of players.”