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Peru names 23-man roster for USMNT friendly

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Peru have their team for the September 4 friendly against the United States. Manager Ricardo Gareca has named a 23-man team for the clash in Washington, D.C. and he's picked  very strong side.

Jefferson Farfan, Paolo Guerreo and Juan Manuel Vargas headline the Peru team and figure to lead the way against the U.S. The only notable omission is Claudio Pizarro, but seeing as he doesn't have a club right now, it's not really a surprise that he's not in the Peru side.

Maybe most interesting player will be Christian Cueva, the talented young winger who has been excellent for Toluca. With him, as well as the rest of Peru's attacking talent, the American defense will be repeatedly challenged. That will be good for a U.S. team that struggled at the back in the Gold Cup and need to improve before their Confederations Cup playoff in October and the start of World Cup qualifying in November.

Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Juan Aurich), Diego Penny (Sporting Cristal)

Defenders: Luis Advincula (Bursaspor), Jair Cespedes (Juan Aurich), Christian Ramos (Juan Aurich), Pedro Requena (Cesar Vallejo), Hansell Riojas (Cesar Vallejo), Yoshimar Yotun (Malmo), Carlos Zambrano (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Midfielders: Carlos Ascues (Wolfsburg), Josepmir Ballon (Sporting Cristal), Christian Cueva (Toluca), Paolo Hurtado (Reading), Carlos Lobaton (Sporting Cristal), Joel Sanchez (San Martin), Renato Tapia (FC Twente), Juan Manuel Vargas (Real Betis)

Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Sporting CP), Daniel Chavez (Cesar Vallejo), Jefferson Farfan (Al-Jazira), Edison Flores (Universitario), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Yordy Reyna (RB Salzburg)