Photos from the U.S. MNT's 3-2 loss to Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua in the team's opening match of 2015.
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN
“I think after minute 65 a lot of the players had very, very heavy legs, which in a certain way is logical when you are two and a half weeks into preseason and you play a team that is in a full swing and goes high tempo. This is the tempo you go internationally. I thought it was an open game, it was entertaining, and it was full of chances for both sides. I think we could have easily scored a third or fourth goal; they could have scored also another one. Overall, I thought it was a very good test for us to see where everyone is at. But definitely the physical side of it made kind of a turn towards negative for us and it’s a bummer, but it’s understandable.”
On whether switching to a 4-4-2 in the second half led to the loss:
“The formation had nothing to do with the fact that we then conceded two goals in the second half. We wanted them to play a simple back four and had Jermaine [Jones] in midfield to get more kind of pushing it higher up the field. Maybe there was a little bit more space on the outsides then, especially on DeAndre’s (Yedlin) side, he got caught a couple of times then, but you could clearly see it after minute 65 that it was getting hard for the guys. Some are in a good shape already and some need to catch up. It’ll take them a couple of weeks to get into match fitness, and when you have three or four guys not having match fitness at all, you just struggle.”
On choosing to play in a 3-5-2 formation in the first half:
“It’s a little bit based on what we have in this camp and what players you have that you are going to hopefully see down the road being part of the senior group. That kind of also guides you into a certain system that you think OK, with these players we might be better off in a 3-5-2 than in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3. Often it’s looking at your roster and saying, ‘What is the best solution now?’ With a 3-5-2, we have to change to bring Clint [Dempsey] a little bit further behind and have him feed into two strikers and have a role for Jermaine in the center of the back three line and Michael Bradley being the connector in midfield. So these are all kind of ideas floating around, and we keep on working on different ways on doing it. But the key issue is they need to build their [physical] systems, build their stamina and build the foundation for a hopefully good, long season but also to the international level. This is the biggest challenge for us. After the World Cup a lot of players dropped their levels 30-40 percent when they came back from vacation. It doesn’t matter if they are in Europe or the U.S., you can’t do that at the international level. You get exposed after minute 65 if you can’t go the speed anymore both ways. There is a lot of work ahead of us and ahead of the players, first of all.”
On the positives he took away from the game:
“I saw a lot of things that are encouraging and positive. DeAndre was going forward and connecting well. I thought Michael Bradley had overall a very strong performance. Brek Shea coming through the flanks, he’s intimidating, he can go at people, he has pace, and he has the physical presence and is going to score, so I think it’s great. We tried to break in younger players step-by-step, but it’s not going to happen overnight. They need to have more time on the field. I think Gyasi [Zardes] inspired things a little bit. He had a couple of shots and made good runs. Jozy gave everything he had until that point but he was just dead. So there was good stuff out there for over 60 minutes – very promising. Obviously if you can’t get the tempo anymore, go with them at the same tempo, you’ll give them opportunities and they’ll put them in. It was a close game, it was exciting and a good test at the beginning of the season.”
On the deciding factor in the game:
“The key moment was on the fitness side. We’ve only trained for two weeks. Our worry was that after minute 60-65 that players make mistakes because they get tired legs. You lose the focus, you lose the vision because you’re not fresh anymore, and this kind of changed the game. Chile did very well keeping the tempo, the speed, the combinations that they played through with a lot of energy … it’s nice to see this team. They did very well. They kind of caught us on two, three occasions and scored these two goals, even if I thought we could have scored one more to even it out and 3-3 would have been a nicer result for us. But the key moment was after minute 60-65 when it has to do with the fitness.”
On the team’s time in Chile:
“The people here were fantastic. We were welcomed at the hotel and at the stadium. Everyone was super friendly. We really appreciated these couple of days in Chile. We had a fantastic time in Rancagua and also in Santiago where we stayed for a couple of days. The Chileans are just wonderful people. Thanks a lot for having us.”
On whether he is seeing the consistency he feels is necessary for the team to reach the next level:
“Consistency comes from the foundation of the physical capabilities of a team when you play international football. If you don’t have that physical foundation, you can’t have consistency. After an hour we looked like the winning team. We had more chances. We could have scored maybe a third goal, and then the game changed because we couldn’t keep the speed up anymore. We saw a very good and energetic Chilean side. Before you talk about consistency you have to have the foundation fitness-wise for an international level, which we don’t have at the moment.”
On what he has seen from the work of Chile national team coaches Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli:
“I think coaches like Bielsa obviously with his amazing experience, and now Sampaoli … we coaches look at the best teams in the world, at the speed of the game, the speed of thought going both ways. We always want to compete with the best in the world. In order for us, the American team now, to learn to kind of deal with that speed of thought, speed of game and the tempo, and start to compete with the bigger nations, is a learning process. That’s why we need these games like coming here and seeing where we are. Today we were at 65 minutes. That process needs to continue. We need to explain to the players that it takes a lot, lot more work and dedication off the field as well in order to get that foundation to play consistently with the top teams. That’s what we coaches like to do. We like to push it that way, so hopefully down the road when the big moments come like the World Cup, Copa America and for us this summer the Gold Cup, then we want to deliver results. We look at the best teams in the world right now – Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Spain – and we want to catch up with them. Chile wants to play and beat them, and we want that too.”
U.S. MNT forward JOZY ALTIDORE
On what the U.S. took away from the game:
“I think when you look at today the biggest thing was a lot of the guys are in preseason so we don’t have those legs yet. I thought for most part of the game we did OK; still getting the legs back, still getting the sharpness back in. At the end, I think it’s just a hard one to swallow as we did pretty well in a lot of parts of the game, but I don’t think we should hold our heads down too long, and try to pick up a win against Panama.”
On his goal:
“It was a good buildup from DeAndre [Yedlin] to get the throw-in, I remember that. Mix [Diskerud] getting in, he laid off a fantastic ball for me and I just tried to pick my spot and tried to slide it home.”
On the experience in Chile:
“It’s been good. Chile received us really well and it’s been really nice to be here. It was a great experience for a lot of us to play against a team like Chile, who has a lot of quality players in their system, so it was a good experience for us and a good way to start 2015. Obviously you want to win, but I think the base is there for a good year.”
On looking ahead to Panama:
“I’m excited to play at home, it’s always fun. It’s my first time playing in California in a long time so I look forward to it, but most important we need to win that game. I think it’s a game where everything is kind of in our favor and hopefully we can start our first game at home with a win.”
U.S. MNT midfielder BREK SHEA
On his goal:
“[Matt] Besler had the ball on the left and I kind of just checked to him and made a run behind, and he played a great ball and I just hit it first time.”
On being back with the National Team:
“Yeah I’ve been away for a long time. I’m very excited to be playing for the National Team again, start the game and get a goal. Obviously, it’s not the result we want but I think we learned a lot and it was a great experience.”
On playing the 3-5-2:
“It’s a new system we just started. There are a lot of positives with it that we need to work on, but first half we were ahead twice in that system. Obviously they had a lot of good chances, they scored a goal, but I think we learned a lot and we can use it in the future.”
U.S. MNT defender STEVE BIRNBAUM
On earning his first cap:
“It was a great feeling. Anytime you get to play for your country is awesome. I was really happy to get the start. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the win.”
RANCAGUA, Chile (Jan. 28, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened the new year with a 3-2 loss against No. 14 FIFA-ranked Chile at Estadio El Teniente.
Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore scored first-half goals for the USA, but Chile’s Mark Gonzalez countered with two of his own, including the game-winner in the 75th minute. Roberto Gutierrez scored Chile’s other goal.
The match included the MNT debut for three players: Steve Birnbaum who started in defense, midfielder Wil Trapp and forward Gyasi Zardes.
The USA will now prepare for its first home match of the year when it hosts Panama at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes Network (TICKETS).
Chile out-shot the USA 12-10 and both teams were even with five shots on goal.
Chile had an opportunity late in the first half to find the equalizer in the opening 45 minutes, but Roberto Gutierrez was just offside when Marco Medel crossed the ball in from the left side. Gutierrez headed the ball into the net, but the chance was nullified.
Five minutes before Chile scored its game-winning goal, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley unleashed a blistering shot from nearly 30 yards out that hit the crossbar and would have given the USA a two-goal lead at the time.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler), 6th minute: Left back Besler looped his left-footed pass in between a pair of Chile defenders to Shea on the left side of the box. Shea one-timed his left-footed shot from a difficult angle past Chile goalkeeper Johnny Herrera and just inside the right post for the USA’s first goal of the year. Shea now has three goals in his MNT career. USA 1, CHI 0 (SEE GOAL)
CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez), 10th minute: Chile was quick to respond, working the ball to the left side where Gonzalez had some space near the sideline for the long cross. Gutierrez snuck between USA defenders Jermaine Jones and Matt Besler and headed the ball into the right side of the frame to tie the score. USA 1, CHI 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud), 31st minute: The USA attack began with DeAndre Yedlin’s throw-in to Diskerud, who passed back and forth with Yedlin on the right side. Diskerud then dribbled to just outside the six-yard box and cut a pass back to the left toward Altidore. Altidore, with ample space, carved his right-footed shot inside the left post and the U.S. regained the lead. USA 2, CHI 1 (SEE GOAL)
CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel), 66th minute: Medel pushed the attack down the left side with a well-timed leading ball to Gonzalez who got behind the USA defense and unleashed his high-paced shot past U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Rimando had leaned a little to his left in anticipation of the shot, but Gonzalez shot over Rimando’s right shoulder. USA 2, CHI 2 (SEE GOAL)
CHI – Mark Gonzalez, 75th minute: Chile’s attack originated with a well-struck, left-footed shot from Marco Medel from approximately 25 yards out. Nick Rimando stretched to his right for the save, but Gonzalez followed up the rebound from the left side. Gonzalez drove his left-footed attempt inside the right of the frame as Rimando could not do anything to prevent Chile’s go-ahead score. USA 2, CHI 3 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Nick Rimando, 37th minute: Chile had a golden opportunity after intercepting the ball from the USA’s back line. Diego Valdes dribbled uncontested inside the left side of the box, one-on-one against Rimando. Rimando ultimately came up trumps with a left-armed save as Valdes was attempting to find the far right side of the frame.
CHI – Johnny Herrera, 80th minute: The USA worked the ball quickly from right to left, with Wil Trapp and Michael Bradley setting up Chris Wondolowski. Wondolowski attempted to find the right side of the frame, but Herrera reacted quickly with the save to his left to maintain the Chile lead.
CHI – Johnny Herrera, 90+2 minute: Lee Nguyen set up USA second-half sub Gyasi Zardes down the right side. Zardes tried to sneak his shot inside the near right post past Herrera, but the Chile goalkeeper had the space covered to deny the LA Galaxy product.
- Clint Dempsey played in his 111th game, moving into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list, and moving ahead of Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Caligiuri (110). Dempsey is now one cap behind sixth-place Claudio Reyna (112 games from 1994-2006).
- Wednesday’s game marked Dempsey’s 100th-career start.
- Jozy Altidore scored his 26th-career goal in his 77th cap. Altidore ranks fifth on the MNT all-time goal scoring list.
Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT prepares for its first home match of the year when it hosts Panama at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. PT. (TICKETS)
Broadcast information: ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, Univision Deportes Network
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- The USA is now 3-5-2 all-time against Chile.
- Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann rolled out a 3-5-2 formation against Chile. Anchored by goalkeeper Nick Rimando, the three-man defensive line included Matt Besler at left back, Steve Birnbaum’s senior team debut at right back and Jermaine Jones at center back.
- In the midfield, Brek Shea and DeAndre Yedlin were featured on the left and right side, respectively. Mix Diskerud, Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey played centrally, with Dempsey in the attacking role and serving as the team captain.
- Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore were paired up front. The game marked Wood’s first MNT started and his sixth cap.
- The USA opened the first half with Lee Nguyen entering for Wood. Dempsey pushed up to play alongside Altidore in the attack.
- Wil Trapp made his senior team debut when he entered for Diskerud in the 60tht minute. Trapp was the 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year and a former member of the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team that competed at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- In the 68th minute, Gyasi Zardes made his MNT debut, replacing Dempsey, who passed along the captain’s armband to Jones.
- In the second half, the USA changed its formation to a 4-4-2 with Shea on the left side, Yedlin on the right and Birnbaum and Besler in central defence.
- Rimando previously had been unbeaten throughout his MNT tenure. Wednesday marked his first loss as he is now 10-1-2 all-time.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: Jan. 28, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
Weather: 88 degrees; clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 0 2
CHI 1 2 3
USA – Brek Shea (Matt Besler) 6th minute
CHI – Roberto Gutierrez (Mark Gonzalez) 10
USA – Jozy Altidore (Mix Diskerud) 31
CHI – Mark Gonzalez (Marco Medel) 66
CHI – Mark Gonzalez 75
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 23-Steve Birnbaum, 13-Jermaine Jones, 5-Matt Besler; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 4-Michael Bradley, 8-Clint Dempsey (capt.) (20-Gyasi Zardes, 68), 10-Mix Diskerud (6-Wil Trapp, 60), 11-Brek Shea, 9-Bobby Wood (7-Lee Nguyen, 46), 17-Jozy Altidore (18-Chris Wondolowski, 75)
Subs Not Used: 3-Matt Hedges, 12-Sean Johnson, 15-Perry Kitchen, 16-Shane O’Neill, 19-Miguel Ibarra
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
CHI: 23-Johnny Herrera; 4-Osvaldo Gonzalez, 13-Jose Rojas (capt.), 17-Juan Cornejo; 6-Gonzalo Espinoza (16-Gonzalo Fierro, 72), 15-Erick Pulgar, 10-Marco Medel (5-Paulo Diaz, 79), 19-Diego Valdes (9-Juan Delgado, 60); 7-Bryan Carrasco, 22-Roberto Gutierrez (18-Andres Vilches, 90+4), 11-Mark Gonzalez (8-Angelo Sagal, 90)
Subs Not Used: 1-Paulo Garces, 2-Sebastian Vegas, 14-Cesar Valenzuela
Head coach: Jorge Sampaoli
Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 10 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 /9
Fouls: 20 / 19
Offside: 0 / 6
USA – Michael Bradley (caution) 36th minute
CHI – Jose Rojas (caution) 43
USA – Bobby Wood (caution) 45+2
USA – Lee Nguyen (caution) 50
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution) 52
USA – Matt Besler (caution) 71
USA – Brek Shea (caution) 88
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Fourth Official: Claudio Puga (CHI)
Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
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 –
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:
U.S. Goal Scorers/TV
FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Estadio El Teniente; Rancagua, Chile
ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas, UDN
StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
ESPN2, UniMas, UDN
FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Stadion Letzigrund; Zurich, Switzerland
FOX Sports 1, UniMas, UDN
Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas
ESPN2, UniMas, UDN
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
Features and Q&As:
- Around the World in a Day: Yedlin Joins MNT from London
- Blend of Youth, Experience Elevates MNT Camp’s Competitive Culture
- MLK Day: One Nation. One Team.
- Newcomers Get First Taste of Full MNT Camp Day
- Q&A: Klinsmann Discusses Camp Roster and First Games of 2015
- Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile – Day 2
- Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile – Day 1
- Photo Gallery: MNT Training Camp in Full Swing
- Photo Gallery: Training Camp Picks up for MNT
- Tickets go on Sale Jan. 30 for USA vs. Mexico, Presented by AT&T
- Klinsmann Names 23-Player Roster for Friendlies against Chile and Panama
- U.S. Soccer Names Bruce Arena 2014 Werner Fricker Builder Award Winner
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
Photos from the U.S. MNT's second day of training in Santiago, Chile, ahead of the team's showdown against Chile on Wednesday. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
Of the 23 names announced by U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the USA’s opening match of 2015 against Chile, the most unexpected was newly minted Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin. One of the players who captured the imagination of fans at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he is only a few weeks into his tenure in North London and still rounding into form. And that, along with his versatility and ability, is what landed him in Santiago.
“Obviously, he’s not in the first 18 yet in Tottenham. I follow that, I’m in touch with the club,” Klinsmann said when speaking of his decision to bring Yedlin to Chile. “He helps us have more width in our game and have more cards to play with, basically. We have two friendlies and it might be a good idea to help him get in games and then prepare him back for Tottenham. He’s mainly here because he helps us have more variety in our game. In a certain way, he also came from off-season going into Tottenham. I see him still basically being in preseason for his big adventure so it’s a win-win for both of us.”
The young defender is relishing the opportunity to spend some time training at a high level with the National Team. His leap across the pond allowed him to get some Spurs practices under his belt; however, the call from Klinsmann to join the U.S. in South America as the MNT prepares to face fellow World Cup side Chile on Jan. 28 in Rancagua has put a pause on his new adventure. The move is a positive one, as both he and Tottenham know that the best way to get back into competitive form is to play meaningful minutes on the field.
“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin said. “But I think it allowed me to get time with the National Team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.”
The month of January has been a special one as he gets used to his surroundings in arguably the most popular league in the world.
“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” said Yedlin of his new situation. “It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”
Photos from the U.S. MNT's first training session in Chile ahead of its first international friendly of 2015 against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.