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Across the Academy – Jan. 28, 2015

ACADEMY/YNT SPOTLIGHT:
U-14 Futsal Regionals in Full Swing: The first two regional futsal showcases for the Development Academy’s U-13/14 age group took place in the SoCal and Texas regions over the Jan. 24-25 weekend. The upcoming Jan. 31-Feb. 1 weekend includes regionals in Florida, Mid-America and NorCal, followed by regionals in New England, North Carolina and Pennsylvania-New Jersey over the Feb. 7-8 stretch. The showcases, which are part of the Academy’s futsal period that started in December and runs through February, feature a minimum of four futsal matches over the two-day stretch.

Futsal Top Performers:

  • Kevin Negrete (LA Galaxy): Negrete, a U-14 BNT pool player, scored 13 goals in four games for an average of 3.25 goals per game. Negrete found the back of the net seven times in a dominant role in the LA Galaxy attack, demonstrating a strong finishing ability while working well in tight spaces.
  • Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea): Ferri, a U-14 BNT pool player, showed technical superiority in high pressure situations. He was heavily involved in the attack, creating a smooth transition from defense to attack. His 1-vs.-1 abilities and vision allowed him to be the most effective player on the court, while also showing comfort on the ball, high speed of play and overall awareness.

Planning Your Soccer Pathway: Development Academy clubs attended an informational session hosted by Nelson Rodriguez, Managing Director of National Team Advisory Services, and other U.S. Soccer staff on Saturday, Jan. 24. Nelson spoke to players and their families about planning their future soccer career. Topics of discussion included education on FIFA regulations and eligibility, discuss college soccer and NCAA eligibility/rules and requirements to become a professional.

U-20 MNT Advances to World Cup in New Zealand: The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defeated El Salvador 2-0 on Saturday in its playoff at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The USA earned third place in the tournament and qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. Ben Spencer, formerly of Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake AZ, scored the opening goal and former Arsenal FC and LA Galaxy Academy midfielder Paul Arriola tallied in the second half for the USA. Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, previously of FC DELCO, came up with a clutch penalty kick save early in the second half. Romain Gall, who previously played for Real Salt Lake AZ, shared tournament golden boot honors with five goals and was also named to the all-tournament team.

Window Closing for Full-Time Player Adds: A reminder to all Academy clubs: This Saturday, Jan. 31, is the last day to add any full-time players before this second window ends. Please send all requests to Nery Amaya at namaya@ussoccer.org.

For the latest Development Academy results, information and more, visit academy.demosphere.com and ussoccer.com’s Academy section. Follow the Academy on Twitter @ussoccer_acad, Instagram and Facebook.

ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Jan. 24-25):

  • West Conference: In a matchup of the top two Northwest Division teams at the U-18 age group, second-place Seattle Sounders FC tightened the gap in the standings with a 2-1 victory against first-place Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Sean Bowman scored the game-winner in the 84th minute and MacArthur Clarke contributed the game’s opening goal for Seattle in the 10th minute. Bowman leads the Sounders with 14 goals in 16 games this season.
  • Central Conference: The Colorado Rapids U-18s garnered one of its strongest victories of the season, going on the road to defeat the Frontier Division-leading Houston Dynamo 2-0 on Saturday. Nathan Braaten and JT Grover each tallied a first-half goal and the Rapids defense shut out a Houston offense that had scored a combined 16 goals in its previous four matches. The win was the Colorado’s third of the season, and Houston continues to hold onto first place in the division at 10-2-1 (2.38 points per game).
  • East Conference: Weston FC enjoyed an unbeaten weekend for both age groups. The U-16s posted a scoreless draw against Charlotte Soccer Academy and a 1-1 draw against the Carolina Rapids. At the U-18s, Weston’s Andres Cepeda scored an 80th-minute game-winner to lead his side to a 2-1 victory against Charlotte Soccer Academy. Weston followed that up with a 4-1 win against the Carolina Rapids as Tomas Garcia-Morillo and Maximiliano Stiegwardt each scored two goals.

Academy Honors:

  • Academy Player of the Week: Christian Lucatero of the Houston Dynamo U-18s received high scout ratings for his performance during the team’s match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Lucatero leads the Frontier Division-leading Dynamo with seven goals in 12 games.
  • Academy Referee of the Week: Kevin Broadley, a 27-year-old Grade 7 referee from North Carolina, was named the Academy Referee of the Week for his work during the U-16 and U-18 games between Weston FC and Charlotte Soccer Academy on Saturday. Broadley has been working Academy matches since 2012 and was part of the 2014 Academy Winter Showcase and the U-14 regional showcase in Winston-Salem. He also has worked matches in USL PRO, the NPSL and W-League.

For all Development Academy results, standings and more, visit academy.demosphere.com or click on the following links:

ON USSOCCER.COM:

MNT Faces Chile to Kick off 2015 Campaign: The U.S. Men’s National Team begins its 2015 campaign against Chile at 6 p.m. ET today (FOX Sports 1, UniMas) at Estadio El Teniente. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster features nine players with Academy ties.

Roster Named for U-17 Residency’s Spring Semester: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 28-player roster for the U-17 Residency Program this spring semester, with 25 of the players currently registered with Academy clubs. The U-17s are gearing up for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in late February and early March.

U-18s Open Year at Copa Mexico: A group of 20 players – 18 with current Academy ties – will represent the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team at the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. The USA opens its Group A stage against Monarcas Morelia on Friday. The U.S. then faces Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (Jan. 31), Club Tijuana (Feb. 2) and Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica (Feb. 3). The FC Dallas U-18 Academy team also will be in the competition in Group C against Atlas, Atlético Paranaense, Chivas Guadalajara and Urawa Red Diamonds.

OTHER LINKS:

French Talks Talent in New U-20 WNT Cycle

At the first U.S. U-20 WNT camp of the year taking place in Sanford, Fla., U.S. head coach Michelle French talks about the process of integrating youth club and college players at the beginning of this cycle. While the roster is full of fresh faces, it is not short of talent or experience as many players participated in the most recent U-17 qualifiers and the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Klinsmann and Dempsey Preview Chile

Description: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and captain Clint Dempsey talk about facing a talented Chilean team Wednesday night at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua.

U.S. MNT Opens 2015 Campaign in Chile on Jan. 28 at Rancagua

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
International Friendly
Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Jan. 28, 2015

U.S. MNT OPENS 2015 CAMPAIGN IN CHILE: The U.S. Men’s National Team will face Chile to open its 2015 schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be live on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

This marks the USA’s first international friendly in South America since the team’s 2-1 victory against Chile on Jan. 29, 2000. The U.S. is 1-4-1 all-time in South American-based friendlies, with the USA also playing Bolivia to a scoreless draw on Jan. 24, 1999.

KLINSMANN NAMES 23 FOR TWO FRIENDLIES: USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 23-player roster for the team’s international friendlies against Chile and Panama, including nine players from the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster. After the Jan. 28 match against Chile, the USA returns to U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, in preparation for the Feb. 8 home opener against Panama. Kickoff at StubHub Center is at 1 p.m. PT and will be live on ESPN, UniMas and the Univision Deportes Network. Fans can purchase tickets through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. PT).

U.S. Men’s National Team By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (New York City FC), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
FORWARDS (5): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

2015 U.S. MNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal Scorers/TV

Venue

Jan. 28

Chile

6 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile

Feb. 8

Panama

4 p.m.

ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

March 25

Denmark

3 p.m.

ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

TBD

March 31

Switzerland

12 p.m.

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland

April 15

Mexico

TBD

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

June 5

Netherlands

TBD

ESPN2, UniMas, UDN

TBD

June 10

Germany

TBD

FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN

Rhein Energie Stadion; Cologne, Germany

USA VS. CHILE:

  • The United States is 3-4-2 all-time against Chile in a series that dates back to the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
  • Chile won the first meeting between the two sides, posting a 5-2 victory on July 2, 1950, knocking the USA out of the World Cup, just three days after the U.S. posted its historic 1-0 win against England on June 29.
  • Chile had the upper hand in the series, going 4-0-1 in the first five meetings and outscoring the U.S. by a 14-4 margin.
  • Since then, the U.S. is in the midst of a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) against Chile that started with a 2-1 victory on July 8, 1995, in the teams’ opener of the 1995 Copa America in Paysandu, Uruguay. Eric Wynalda scored both goals for the USA. The U.S. would reach the tournament semifinals and Wynalda would earn all-tournament team recognition.
  • After the Copa America, the USA earned two more 2-1 wins against Chile in international friendlies. The first came on Feb. 21, 1999, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as midfielders Ben Olsen and Eddie Lewis each scored their first international goals . Lewis played a significant role one year later, scoring the opening goal and assisting Cobi Jones’ game-winner in the 88th minute for a 2-1 victory on Jan. 29, 2000, in Coquimbo, Chile.
  • In the most recent matchup, the USA and Chile played to a 1-1 draw on Jan. 22, 2011, in Carson, California. After falling behind early in the second half, Teal Bunbury tallied a game-tying penalty kick in the 75th minute.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Nine players were members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup roster that traveled to Brazil and helped the USA advance out of the “Group of Death”: Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Mix Diskerud, Jermaine Jones, Nick Rimando, Chris Wondolowski and DeAndre Yedlin
  • Dempsey, Besler, Bradley and Jones were the only four who started in all four matches for the USA during the World Cup.
  • Dempsey became the first U.S. player to score in three World Cups after scoring seconds into the USA’s opening game against Ghana on June 16. Dempsey’s goal is the fifth-fastest in World Cup history.
  • Jones scored his first World Cup goal and fourth with the U.S. MNT against Portugal on June 22, an equalizer in the 64th minute from well outside the box after he picked up a loose ball from a U.S. corner kick.
  • Fourteen different Major League Soccer teams are represented on the roster, with no team having more than two members each.
  • Eight players will be looking to earn their first cap for the senior team: Steve Birnbaum, Matt Hedges, Jon Kempin, Perry Kitchen, Shane O’Neill, Dillon Serna, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes.
  • After a terrific 2014 MLS season, midfielder Lee Nguyen was named to the MLS Best XI and was a finalist for the MLS MVP award. He returned to the U.S. MNT on Nov. 14, 2014, during a friendly against Colombia at Craven Cottage in London when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute. It marked his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall.
  • The camp marks the third-straight January camp call-up for Besler and second-straight for Gil and O’Neill.
  • Miguel Ibarra, who earned his first caps for the U.S. team in 2014, is the reigning MVP of the North American Soccer League.
  • Gil, O’Neill, Trapp and Yedlin were all part of the roster that traveled to Turkey to represent the USA in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20 MNT was unable to advance out of the group stage, but it did play eventual tournament champion France to a 1-1 draw. During the tournament in Turkey, Gil scored against Spain and O’Neill against Ghana. Gil, Trapp and Yedlin started all three matches of the tournament while O’Neill started the final two.
  • Gil, Kempin, O’Neill, Serna, Trapp, Bobby Wood and Yedlin would all be age-eligible to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
  • Nine players on the roster have ties to the Development Academy: Birnbaum (Pateadores), Gil (Pateadores), Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Serna (Colorado Rapids), Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy), Wood (Strikers FC), Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC) and Zardes (LA Galaxy).

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • Clint Dempsey is currently tied with Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri for seventh all-time in career appearances with 110.
  • Dempsey is the second-leading goal scorer in MNT history with 39 goals, and he is tied for eighth all-time in assists (13) with DaMarcus Beasley.
  • Jozy Altidore’s penalty kick goal against Colombia on Nov. 14, 2014, boosted his career total to 25, good for sole possession of fifth place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time goal scoring list. Altidore passed Joe-Max Moore, who scored 24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002. Altidore has 25 goals in 76 games.
  • Midfielder Michael Bradley is inching closer to the century cap mark with 91 appearances since debuting for the MNT in 2006. He is 18th on the MNT all-time list.
  • Bradley is ranked 10th all-time in career assists with 12, one behind Beasley and Dempsey. Bradley’s 12 goals tie him for 15th all-time with Frank Klopas and Clint Mathis.
  • Nick Rimando ranks sixth on the all-time wins list with 10. He has never lost a game for the National Team (10-0-2).
  • Chris Wondolowski is tied for 21st on the all-time list with nine goals in 25 games, sharing that place with Dominic Kinnear, Jovan Kirovski, Alexi Lalas, Peter Millar, Willy Roy and Josh Wolff. Wondolowski is one goal behind 20th-place Eddie Lewis (10 goals from 1996-2008).
  • USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann (33-15-11) ranks third on the all-time wins list. Ahead of Klinsmann is Bruce Arena (71) and 2014 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee Bob Bradley (43).

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 4: Team-leading goals from Jozy Altidore in 2014
  • 8: Players on U.S. MNT roster seeking first international cap
  • 14: Chile’s current FIFA ranking
  • 25: Career goals by Altidore, who is fifth on the USA’s all-time list
  • 27: USA’s current FIFA ranking
  • 33: Victories under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann
  • 39: Career goals by Clint Dempsey, who is second on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list
  • 110: Career caps for Dempsey, who is tied for seventh all-time in USA history

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JURGEN KLINSMANN FACT FILE: Jurgen Klinsmann became the 35th coach in the history of the U.S. Men’s National Team on July 29, 2011. Here is a look at the program’s achievements since that time:

  • Overall, Klinsmann has a 33-15-11 record. He is third on the U.S. MNT’s all-time coaching wins list. The top five include Bruce Arena (71), Bob Bradley (43), Klinsmann (33), Bora Milutinovic (30) and Steve Sampson (26).
  • He won a record-setting 13 straight games at home from June 2, 2013, to Feb. 1, 2014, and has guided the team to an unbeaten record of 16-0-1 in its past 17 matches on home soil.
  • He led the MNT to a 12-game winning streak in 2013, the longest in program history.
  • The U.S. finished 2013 with a 16-4-3 record. The 16 victories and .761 winning percentage are all-time U.S. MNT records for a calendar year.
  • The U.S. finished the final round of 2013 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying atop the Hexagonal with a 7-1-2 overall record, including an unblemished 5-0-0 home record that was achieved by pitching clean sheets in all five matches.
  • The team won six straight games en route to capturing the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, during which the squad scored a tournament record 20 goals.
  • Committed to challenging the group against the best, under Klinsmann, the United States has a 2-3-2 record against teams ranked in the top 10 in the world. With Klinsmann at the helm, the U.S. has also collected four historic victories:
    • Beating four-time World Cup champion Italy for the first time ever
    • Earning the first win against Mexico on Mexican soil
    • Defeating Jamaica on the road for the first time in World Cup Qualifying
    • Topping second-ranked Germany in U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration Match
  • Klinsmann’s U.S. coaching debut was a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10, 2011, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. During Klinsmann’s abbreviated 2011 tenure, the USA’s two victories included a 1-0 win against Honduras (Oct. 8) and a 3-2 victory against Slovenia (Nov. 15).
  • Klinsmann was named the Germany National Team manager in 2004 and guided Germany to a 20-6-8 record and a third-place finish in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He earned Coach of the Year honors in Germany, and two years later, he took over the head coaching position at Germany’s most high-profile club Bayern Munich.
  • As a player, Klinsmann played 17 club seasons from 1981 to 1998 with the following teams: Stuttgarter Kickers (1981-84), VfB Stuttgart (1984-89), Internazionale (1989-92), Monaco (1992-94), Tottenham Hotspur (1994-95, 97-98), Bayern Munich (1995-97) and Sampdoria (1997-98). During that time, he scored 226 goals in 506 appearances. He was named German Player of the Year in 1988 and 1994 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1995.
  • Klinsmann earned 108 caps with the German National Team, scoring 47 goals. He participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and won the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
  • Klinsmann was born on July 30, 1964, in Goppingen, Germany.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Nov. 18, 2014 – Aviva Stadium; Dublin, Ireland – International Friendly

USA  1  Mix Diskerud 39
IRL  4  Anthony Pilkington 7, Robbie Brady 55, James McClean 82, Robbie Brady 86

Lineups:
USA: 22-Bill Hamid; 23-Fabian Johnson, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 21-Timmy Chandler (24-Jordan Morris, 76); 15-Kyle Beckerman (2-Tim Ream, 87); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 10-Mix Diskerud (9-Rubio Rubin, 77), 4-Alfredo Morales (3-Greg Garza, 65); 18-Chris Wondolowski (19-Bobby Wood, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brad Guzan, 12-Nick Rimando, 14-Miguel Ibarra, 16-Julian Green, 25-Sean Johnson 
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

IRL: 23-Shay Given (22-Rob Elliot, 85); 6-Cyrus Christie, 20-Alex Pearce, 5-Ciaran Clark, 17-Robbie Brady; 13-Anthony Pilkington (11-James McClean, 64), 18-Stephen Quinn, 12-David Meyler (capt.); 14-Anthony Stokes (7-Aiden McGeady, 60); 21-David McGoldrick (9-Shane Long, 77), 10-Daryl Murphy (8-Jeff Hendrick, 77)
Subs Not Used: 2-Seamus Coleman, 4-John O’Shea, 15-Richard Keogh, 16-Darren Randolph, 19-Jon Walters
Head Coach: Martin O’Neill

On the field against Chile:
Jan. 22, 2011 – Home Depot Center; Carson, California – International Friendly

USA   1   Teal Bunbury (penalty) 75
CHI   1   Esteban Paredes 53

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nick Rimando (1-Sean Johnson, 46); 15-Sean Franklin, 5-Tim Ream, 4-Omar Gonzalez (2-Marvell Wynne, 46), 12-Zach Loyd (3-Anthony Wallace, 73); 8-Jeff Larentowicz, 10-Dax McCarty (capt.); 7-Alejandro Bedoya (19-Eric Alexander, 83) 16-Mix Diskerud, 21-Brek Shea (17-Juan Agudelo, 60); 11-Chris Wondolowski (9-Teal Bunbury, 60)
Subs not used: 6-A.J. DeLaGarza
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

CHI: 1-Paulo Garces, 16-Paulo Maglhaes, 5-Sebastian Toro, 2-Eugenio Mena, 3-Juan Abarca, 8-Fernando Meneses (capt.), 6-Francisco Silva, 20-Luis Pedro Figueroa (14-Felipe Seymour, 46), 9-Esteban Paredes, 18-Edson Puch, 10-Daude Gazele (4-Lucas Dominguez, 71)
Subs not used: 7-Franco Ragusa, 11-Felipe Gutierrez, 12-Raul Olivares, 13-Santiago Dittborn, 15-Nicolas Mancilla
Head Coach: Marcelo Bielsa

In Focus: Chile

The U.S. Men's National Team faces 14th-ranked Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network).

IN FOCUS: CHILE
Football Federation of Chile (Federación de Fútbol de Chile)
Founded: 1895
FIFA affiliation: 1913
Head Coach: Jorge Sampaoli
FIFA World Ranking: 14
Best World Cup Finish: 1962 (third place)

CHILE ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Paulo Garcés (Colo-Colo), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile)
DEFENDERS (7): Juan Cornejo (Audax Italiano), Paulo Díaz (Palestino), Gonzalo Fierro (Colo-Colo), Osvaldo González (Universidad de Chile), Erick Pulgar (Universidad Católica), José Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Cristián Suárez (Universidad de Chile)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Carrasco (Audax Italiano), Gonzalo Espinoza (Universidad de Chile), Marco Medel (Santiago Wanderers), Diego Valdés (Audax Italiano), Jaime Valdés (Colo-Colo), César Valenzuela (Palestino)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Delgado (Colo-Colo), Mark González (Universidad Católica), Roberto Gutiérrez (Universidad Católica), Ángelo Sagal (Huachipato), Andrés Vilches (Huachipato)

CHILE ROSTER NOTES:

  • Chile’s roster features two members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad: defender José Rojas and goalkeeper Johnny Herrera.
  • Rojas played in seven World Cup qualifying matches and also featured once in the FIFA World Cup, coming off the bench during Chile’s shootout loss in the Round of 16 against Brazil on June 28.
  • Herrera served as a backup goalkeeper during the FIFA World Cup. He featured in two matches at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, including a 4-1 loss in Group C play against the U.S. U-20 MNT on June 20.
  • Chile advanced out of a difficult Group B at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that featured group winner and eventual third-place tournament finisher the Netherlands, defending champion Spain (won the 2010 FIFA World Cup) and Australia. Chile earned a 3-1 win against Australia and a 2-0 victory against Spain and fell to the Netherlands 2-0.
  • Playing in just his second game and first start with Chile’s senior team, 21-year-old forward Juan Delgado scored a goal to lead his side to a 1-0 victory against Haiti on Sept. 9, 2014, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Defender Cristián Suárez was a member of Chile’s U-20 squad at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, starting on the back line during the team’s 1-0 victory in the third-place match against Austria on July 22 at National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.
  • Defender Paulo Díaz is the son of former Chile center back Ítalo Díaz, who featured twice for the national team in 2001.
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