CARSON, California (July 16, 2014) – After surrendering four straight goals following an early 2-0 lead, Australia scored three straight, sparked by Awer Mabil’s second-half brace and Daniel De Silva’s 90th-minute go-ahead goal, to beat Chile 5-4 to open Day 2 of the 2014 National Training Center Invitational at “Mooch” Myernick Field on Wednesday.
Coming on as a sub in the 63rd minute of the U-20 event with Australia trailing 4-2, Mabil made an immediate impact and scored twice in four minutes to tie the score. He tallied a stunning goal in the 75th minute to draw Australia back to within one at 4-3. After midfielder Stefan Mauk was fouled roughly 10 yards outside the box, and Mabil took a free kick that sailed over the wall and into the upper right corner of the goal, freezing the Chile defense.
Mabil struck again in the 79th minute to draw Australia even at 4-4. Forward Brandon Borrello held the ball near the left corner after a long build-up and then laid the ball off to Mabil on the right side of the box. His right-footed shot crossed the goal and nestled inside the left post to tie the score.
Mabil also created the chaotic sequence that led to the winner. His shot in the 90th minute hit the right upright, deflected to the left across the goal and De Silva slotted home the rebound to earn the 5-4 lead that held up through stoppage time.
Mabil’s heroics were required after Chile came storming back from a 2-0 deficit to score four straight, seizing control of the match with a 4-2 lead in the 71st minute. Four different players scored for Chile in just over 30 minutes as Chile netted goals the 40th minute, the fifth minute of first-half stoppage time, the 49th minute and the 71st minute.
After falling behind 2-0 in the 38th minute, Chile got back in the game just two minutes later when Ivan Pardo won the ball near the edge of the box and chipped Australia goalkeeper with a goal to cut the deficit to 2-1 when Ivan Pardo won a ball near the edge of the box and chipped past Australia goalkeeper Paul Izzo toward the right corner of the net.
Chile got its equalizer during first-half stoppage time when Cristian Cuevas converted a penalty kick. Chile then took the lead in the 49th minute as Bryan Carvallo finished a frantic sequence in front of the Australia’s goal with a header into the right corner on the rebound of a blocked shot. The lead reached 4-2 when Christopher Dias deflected a cross from Carvallo into the right corner of the net, a margin that seemed comfortable with just 19 minutes left in the match.
Marc Marino and Devante Clut scored Australia’s first two goals of the game in the 16th and 38th minutes, respectively.
With two victories, Australia now has six points, tying the U.S. atop the standings in points but sitting in second place on goal differential. The two squads will meet on Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in the finale of the NTC Invitational. Chile will take on Bermuda in the first match of the day at 4 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.
-2014 Men’s National Training Center Invitational Match Report-
Match: Australia vs. Chile
Date: July 16, 2014
Competition: 2014 Men’s National Training Center Invitational
Venue: U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center, “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, California
Kickoff: 1 p.m. PT
Weather: 83 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Australia 2 3 5
Chile 2 2 4
AUS – Marc Marino (Devante Clut) 16th minute
AUS – Devante Clut (Jaushua Sotorio) 38
CHI – Ivan Pardo 40
CHI – Cristian Cuevas (penalty) 45+5
CHI – Bryan Carvallo 49
CHI – Christopher Dias (Bryan Carvallo) 71
AUS – Awer Mabil 75
AUS – Awer Mabil (Brandon Borello) 79
AUS – Daniel De Silva 90
AUS: 18-Paul Izzo; 15-Scott Galloway, 3-Daniel Alessi, 2-Shayne D’Cunha, 5-Riley Woodcock (16-Ben Garuccio, 63); 11-Jaushua Sotorio, 21-Chris Naumoff (8-Awer Mabil, 63), 22-Liam Rose (10-Stefan Mauk, 46), 6-Hagi Gligor (capt.) (20-Jordan Brown, 63); 14-Devante Clut (23-Daniel De Silva, 69), 24-Marc Marino (9-Brandon Borrello, 69)
Subs Not Used: 1-Jordan Thurtell, 4-Ben Warland, 7-Shannon Brady
CHI: 12-Brayan Cortes; 2-Camilo Rodriguez, 20-Rodrigo Echeverria, 4-Raul Osorio, 11-Luis Pavez; 8-Bernardo Cerezo, 16-Joaquin Montecinos (18-Juan Fuentes, 46), 14-Bryan Carvallo (17-Gonzalo Reyes, 85), 10-Cristian Cuevas (19-Diaz Sebastian, 63), (capt.); 9-Ignacio Jeraldino (15-Christopher Dias, 63), 7-Ivan Pardo
Subs Not Used: 1-Miguel Vargas, 3-Sebeastian Vegas, 5-Benjamin Kuscevic, 6-Kevin Medel, 13-Matias Bizama
Stats Summary: AUS / CHI
Shots: 10 / 22
Shots on Goal: 8 / 11
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 8
Fouls: 11 / 21
Offside: 1 / 2
CHI – Cristian Cuevas (caution) 34th minute
AUS – Stefan Mauk (caution) 48
Referee: Bernard Hosu (USA)
Assistant Referee: Apolinar Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee: Brandon Rinkenberger (USA)
Fourth Official: Jon Freemon (USA)