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U.S. finally has hope in Sargent, Weah and Amon, but youngsters need time

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Building for the future often means navigating through the ups and downs of the present. Such was the case for the U.S. attack in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Peru.

Caretaker manager Dave Sarachan opted to start three teenagers in offensive positions -- Jonathan Amon, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah -- and each of them showed flashes of the kind of ability that has the U.S. fan base, still emotionally scarred from last year's World Cup qualifying failure, clamoring for more.

Amon,...

U.S. attack show flashes, but 'rawness' again an obvious theme in draw with Peru

ESPN's proud Scotsman Mark Donaldson ditches the Tartan Army for the American Outlaws and comes to find out he fits in perfectly.

EAST HARTFORD, CT -- Three thoughts on the United States men's national team's 1-1 draw with Peru in an international friendly.

1. Late U.S. switch-off costs U.S. victory

U.S. caretaker manager Dave Sarachan rang in nine changes to the lineup that lost 4-2 to Colombia last week, with three players -- left midfielder Jonathan Amon, center-back Aaron Long and right-back Reggie Cannon -- making their international debuts, while left back Ben Sweat made his first start. Conspicuous by his...

Peru fan implores coach Ricardo Gareca to stay through full page of personal ads

BUENOS AIRES -- An anonymous fan took out a page of personal ads in the Buenos Aires daily Clarin on Tuesday in an unusual appeal for Peru's Argentina-born manager, Ricardo Gareca, to stay in the job.

Gareca, who is currently at home in Argentina on holiday, led Peru to its first World Cup in 36 years at Russia 2018 and is hugely popular in the Andean nation.

However, he has not yet decided whether to remain in charge or seek a new challenge, and the passionate Peru fan took to the small ads in a...

Australia's agony as Socceroos bow out of World Cup; Peru savour parting gift

SOCHI, Russia -- Three quick points on Australia 0-2 Peru in Group C at the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon:

1. Australia's damp squib, Peru's welcome souvenir 

There can be no complaints from Australia, who were as competitive as usual here but exited the World Cup after losing 2-0 to a clearly superior Peru side.

In any event they would have exited with a win after Denmark's draw with France, but they have run out bottom of Group D and the final standings look fair. Excellent goals from Andre...

Mbappe seals France progress as enthusiastic Peru show limitations

EKATERINBURG, Russia -- Three thoughts on France's 1-0 win vs. Peru in Group C at the World Cup.

1. France labour but secure knockout-round progress

France joined Russia and Uruguay in securing a place in the World Cup second round, but it took a Kylian Mbappe strike in the first half to seal another unconvincing victory for the 1998 champions.

Mbappe was already his country's youngest-ever player at a major tournament and became its youngest World Cup scorer with his 34th-minute goal, which saw...

 By Tim Vickery

Peru's World Cup fans in Russia enjoying the trip of a lifetime

ESPN's Sebastian Salazar revealed how Peru fans are celebrating competing in their first World Cup since 1982.

The World Cup no longer serves as a reference of football's top quality or of cutting edge tactical ideas.

It has lost that position to European club football, which also hands over the players to national teams in a state of near exhaustion after a gruelling club season.

In some ways, then, the World Cup is not what it was. But in one way it is better than ever. More people from more countries are now able to travel to support that team. It is this meeting of the world, this congregation of people...