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Pulisic's Early Strike Paces USA to 1-1 Draw vs. Reigning Copa America Champs Chile

HOUSTON (March 26, 2019) — The U.S. Men’s National Team used a fourth minute strike from Christian Pulisic and a strong defensive performance in the second half to earn a 1-1 draw with defending Copa América champions Chile in front of 18,033 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium. At 20 years, 189 days, Pulisic’s strike made him the fastest MNT player to reach 10 goals all-time, while helping the USA extend its unbeaten run to four matches under new head coach Gregg Berhalter (3-0-1).

The game got off to a furious pace, with the USA jumping ahead through Pulisic in the fourth minute. Under pressure, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath came outside of his box to clear a ball up field, playing a perfect pass to Gyasi Zardes just outside the center circle. The striker took a magnificent touch to bring the ball down before his second put Pulisic through on goal where he chipped Gabriel Arias to give the USA a 1-0 lead.

With Chile spurred on by the early goal, the U.S. lead lasted just five minutes. After a spell of possession at the top of the penalty area, Charles Aránguiz’s shot was deflected into the path of Oscar Opazo, who weighted his effort inside the back right post in the ninth minute. The goal was the first conceded by the USA under Berhalter, ending its shutout streak at 279 minutes.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Pulisic went down at midfield with a right quad injury and as an injury precaution, the attacker made way for Sebastian Lletget in the 36th minute.

Things remained open on the other side of halftime with the USA nearly restoring the lead in the 54th minute. After Zardes pushed the ball forward, it got tied up in the Chile back line where Lletget won it back. Zardes ran onto it in the box but pushed his shot just over the bar.

A lively second half provided plenty of action at both ends but resulted in the teams ultimately settling for a 1-1 draw.

The MNT next sets its sights on the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup to be held across the United States this summer. Set to open training camp in late May, the MNT will play two warmup friendlies prior to the tournament, before its group stage matches in Saint Paul, Minn. (June 18), Cleveland, Ohio (June 22) and Kansas City, Kan. (June 26). Concacaf will unveil the MNT’s group stage opponents on April 10 in Los Angeles.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Christian Pulisic (Gyasi Zardes), 4th minute: Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath was forced to come out of his box to clear some danger and pinged a perfect ball to Gyasi Zardes at midfield. The striker took a fabulous touch to bring the ball down before turning and sending Pulisic through alone on goal where he chipped onrushing ‘keeper Gabriel Arias for the early lead. At 20 years, 189 days, the strike  made Pulisic the fastest MNT player to reach 10 goals. USA 1, CHI 0 [WATCH]

CHI – Oscar Opazo (unassisted), 9th minute: Tinkering with the ball at the top of the penalty area, Nicolas Castillo laid it back for Charles Aránguiz, whose first-time shot deflected to Opazo to the left of the U.S. goal. With time to work, the defender measured an effort past Horvath and inside the back right post for the equalizer. USA 1, CHI 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • With the draw, the USA remains unbeaten through four matches under Gregg Berhalter (3-0-1).
  • With his fourth minute strike, Christian Pulisic became the fastest MNT player to reach 10 goals at 20 years, 189 days.
  • Making his 25th appearance, Pulisic also became the second fastest to achieve the mark by caps, trailing only Clint Mathis who hit 10 goals in his 23rd appearance on June 10, 2002 vs. Korea Republic during the group stage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
  • Later in the first half, Pulisic suffered a right quad injury and was removed from the match as a precaution.
  • The USA’s goal scorer against Ecuador on Thursday, Gyasi Zardes registered his ninth assist and first of 2019 on Pulisic’s goal, earning Budweiser Man of the Match honors in the process.
  • Chile’s ninth minute goal from Oscar Opazo ended the MNT’s shutout streak under Berhalter at 279 minutes.
  • The MNT Starting XI had an average age of 26 years, 7 days and 36 caps.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Gregg Berhalter made seven changes from the lineup that began Thursday’s game against Ecuador, with Paul Arriola, Christian Pulisic, Tim Ream and Gyasi Zardes as the four holdovers.
  • Making his 59th MNT appearance, DeAndre Yedlin captaied the team for the first time tonight against Chile. Yedlin also earned his first start of 2019.
  • Three players earned their first caps of 2019: goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and defenders Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga.
  • Making his 49 appearance tonight, Texas-born Omar Gonzalez is back on the field for the MNT for the first time since 2017.
  • Gonzalez and Miazga also partnered in central defense for the first time.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, Sean Johnson and Aaron Long were healthy scratches from the gameday roster.
  • The USA moves to 3-5-3 all-time against Chile and 0-0-2 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: March 26, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,033
Kickoff: 7:55 p.m. ET (6:55 p.m. local time)
Weather: 74 degrees; clear skies

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          0          1
CHI                              1          0          1

USA – Christian Pulisic (Gyasi Zardes)                     4th minute
CHI - Oscar Opazo                                                     9

Lineups:
USA: 22-Ethan Horvath; 2-DeAndre Yedlin (capt.), 19-Matt Miazga, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 13-Tim Ream; 4-Michael Bradley, 15-Cristian Roldan (18-Jonathan Lewis, 84), 10-Christian Pulisic (17-Sebastian Lletget, 35); 20-Corey Baird (16-Daniel Lovitz, 56), 9-Gyasi Zardes (11-Jordan Morris, 79), 7-Paul Arriola (6-Wil Trapp, 66)
Substitutes not used: 12-Jesse Gonzalez, 5-John Brooks, 21-Christian Ramirez, 24-Nick Lima
Head coach: Gregg Berhalter

CHI: 1-Gabriel Arias; 4-Mauricio Isla, 6-Guillermo Maripán (19-Sebastián Vegas, 70), 8-Arturo Vidal, 9-Nicolas Castillo (7-Diego Rubio, 86), 10-Diego Valdés (13-Erick Pulgar, 70), 14-Esteban Pavez, 15-Oscar Opazo, 17-Gary Medel (capt.), 18-Gonzalo Jara, 20-Charles Aránguiz (21-Jimmy Martínez, 90)
Substitutes: 12-Brayan Cortés, 23-Lawrence Vigouroux, 2-Eugenio Mena, 3-Igor Lichnovsky, 5-Paulo Díaz, 11-Felipe Mora, 16-Pedro Pablo Hernández, 22-Jean Meneses, 25-Iván Morales
Head coach: Reinaldo Rueda

Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 5 / 7
Shots on Goal: 1 / 2
Saves: 1 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls:  12 / 9
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
CHI – Esteban Pavez (caution)                      27th minute
USA – Daniel Lovitz (caution)                        75
CHI – Sebastián Vegas (caution)                   85
CHI – Arturo Vidal (caution)                           90+2

Officials:
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicholas Andeson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Joseph Bertrand (TRI)
4th Official: Kevin Morrison (JAM)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Gyasi Zardes

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MNT Mar 26, 2019

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Chile
Date: March 26, 2019
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Attendance: 18,033
Kickoff: 7:55 p.m. ET (6:55 p.m. local time)
Weather: 74 degrees; clear skies

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          0          1
CHI                              1          0          1

USA – Christian Pulisic (Gyasi Zardes)                     4th minute
CHI - Oscar Opazo                                                     9

Lineups:
USA: 22-Ethan Horvath; 2-DeAndre Yedlin (capt.), 19-Matt Miazga, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 13-Tim Ream; 4-Michael Bradley, 15-Cristian Roldan (18-Jonathan Lewis, 84), 10-Christian Pulisic (17-Sebastian Lletget, 35); 20-Corey Baird (16-Daniel Lovitz, 56), 9-Gyasi Zardes (11-Jordan Morris, 79), 7-Paul Arriola (6-Wil Trapp, 66)
Substitutes not used: 12-Jesse Gonzalez, 5-John Brooks, 21-Christian Ramirez, 24-Nick Lima
Head coach: Gregg Berhalter

CHI: 1-Gabriel Arias; 4-Mauricio Isla, 6-Guillermo Maripán (19-Sebastián Vegas, 70), 8-Arturo Vidal, 9-Nicolas Castillo (7-Diego Rubio, 86), 10-Diego Valdés (13-Erick Pulgar, 70), 14-Esteban Pavez, 15-Oscar Opazo, 17-Gary Medel (capt.), 18-Gonzalo Jara, 20-Charles Aránguiz (21-Jimmy Martínez, 90)
Substitutes: 12-Brayan Cortés, 23-Lawrence Vigouroux, 2-Eugenio Mena, 3-Igor Lichnovsky, 5-Paulo Díaz, 11-Felipe Mora, 16-Pedro Pablo Hernández, 22-Jean Meneses, 25-Iván Morales
Head coach: Reinaldo Rueda

Stats Summary: USA / CHI
Shots: 5 / 7
Shots on Goal: 1 / 2
Saves: 1 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 3
Fouls:  12 / 9
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
CHI – Esteban Pavez (caution)                      27th minute
USA – Daniel Lovitz (caution)                        75
CHI – Sebastián Vegas (caution)                   85
CHI – Arturo Vidal (caution)                           90+2

Officials:
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicholas Andeson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Joseph Bertrand (TRI)
4th Official: Kevin Morrison (JAM)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Gyasi Zardes

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CHICAGO (March 27, 2019) – U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic has been diagnosed with a right quadriceps strain after an MRI and evaluation conducted Tuesday night in Houston. He has returned to Borussia Dortmund to continue treatment and establish a timetable for his return to play. Pulisic left in the 36th minute of the USA’s 1-1 draw against defending Copa Read more
MNT Mar 27, 2019

Lineup Notes: U.S. MNT Takes on Copa America Champions Chile in Houston

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MNT Mar 26, 2019

Pulisic's Early Strike Paces USA to 1-1 Draw vs. Reigning Copa America Champs Chile

HOUSTON (March 26, 2019) — The U.S. Men’s National Team used a fourth minute strike from Christian Pulisic and a strong defensive performance in the second half to earn a 1-1 draw with defending Copa América champions Chile in front of 18,033 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium. At 20 years, 189 days, Pulisic’s strike made him the fastest MNT player to reach 10 goals all-time, wh Read more
MNT Mar 26, 2019

PREVIEW: MNT Closes Camp Against Defending Copa America Champions Chile

CHICAGO (March 25, 2019) – After earning a 1-0 victory against Ecuador in Orlando, the U.S. Men’s National Team closes the spring international window when it faces two-time defending Copa América champions Chile on Tuesday, March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Coverage of USA-Chile begins at 7:55 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMás and UDN. Fans can also follow along via U. Read more
MNT Mar 25, 2019
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Five Things to Know About Chile

The U.S. Men’s National Team continues its preparations for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup when it takes on 13th ranked Chile on Tuesday, March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas (7:55 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas, UDN).

Here are five things to know about Chile:

Footballing History

While they haven’t had the historical success like a few powerhouses in South America, Chile’s nine FIFA World Cup appearances rank them fourth all-time in CONMEBOL, sitting only behind the continent’s three World Cup winning nations: Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. 

Chile’s pinnacle performance came when they hosted the 1962 FIFA World Cup, driving to the semifinals where they fell to eventual champions Brazil before finishing in third place.

Chile are currently back-to-back defending champions of Copa América, winning their first continental title on home soil in 2015, before following up by winning the Copa América Centenario in the United States a year later.  

Here and Now

Chile narrowly missed out on qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, coming up short on the last day of CONMEBOL’s unforgiving process. Since that disappointment, La Roja has come under management of head coach Reinaldo Rueda, who famously led Honduras to qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup with a little help from Jonathan Bornstein and the USA [WATCH]. Rueda also previously managed his home country of Colombia (2004-06) and Ecuador (2010-14).

On the job for a year, Rueda has been tasked with incorporating some of Chile’s young and upcoming talent alongside a strong base of veterans, including all-time leading scorer Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United; pictured right), midfielder Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) and defender Gary Medel (Besiktas).

Chile is using this month’s matches will use this month’s matches against Mexico (3-1 loss on Friday in San Diego) and the United States (March 26 in Houston) as part of its preparation for this summer’s Copa América in Brazil, where they will face guests Japan, Ecuador and Uruguay in the group stage.

All-Time Series: USA vs. Chile

The USA and Chile’s first meeting came in a wild encounter during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Played four days after the MNT’s historic 1-0 defeat of England, the U.S. scored two quick goals after halftime to bring things level at 2-2 before succumbing to a 5-2 defeat.

The two nations have played a total of 10 times since 1950, with the USA trailing the all-time series with a 3-5-2 record. The match in Houston marks the first between the two nations since 2015 (2-3 loss in Rancagua, Chile) and first on U.S. soil since 2011 (1-1 draw in Carson, Calif.). 

Chile Roster


Raul Rueda named a 24-player roster for this month’s matches against Mexico and the United States. The squad is headlined by four players that have over 100 caps: defenders Mauricio Isla, Gonzalo Jara and Gary Medel (pictured right) and midfielder Arturo Vidal (pictured left ).

Additionally, Colorado Rapids striker Diego Rubio is also part of the roster.

Check out the full squad below:

Goalkeepers (3): Gabriel Arias (Racing/ARG; 4/0), Brayan Cortés (Colo-Colo; 2/0), Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town/ENG; 0/0)

Defenders (9): Paulo Díaz (Al-Ahli/KSA; 16/0), Mauricio Isla (Fenerbahçe/TUR; 106/4), Gonzalo Jara (Estudiantes La Plata/ARG; 111/3), Igor Lichnovsky (Cruz Azul/MEX; 5/0), Guillermo Maripán (Deportivo Alavés/ESP; 14/2), Gary Medel (Besiktas/TUR; 117/7), Eugenio Mena (Racing/ARG; 56/3),  Óscar Opazo (Colo-Colo; 5/0), Sebastián Vegas (Morelia/MEX; 4/1)

Midfielders (8): Charles Aránguiz (Bayer Leverkusen/GER; 68/7), Pablo Hernández (Independiente/ARG; 26/3), Jimmy Martínez (Universidad de Chile; 3/0), Jean Meneses (Club León/MEX; 0/0), Esteban Pavez (Colo-Colo; 3/0), Erick Pulgar (Bologna/ITA; 14/0), Diego Valdés (Santos Laguna/MEX; 9/1), Arturo Vidal (Barcelona/ESP; 106/26)

Forwards (4): Nicolás Castillo (Club América/MEX; 19/4), Felipe Mora (Pumas UNAM/MEX; 3/0), Iván Morales (Colo-Colo; 1/0), Diego Rubio (Colorado Rapids/USA; 4/0)

Chile: The Country

Located on the west coast of South America, Chile is a distinctively long country, stretching 2,670 miles from the continent’s midway point all the way to its southern tip. The widest portion of the country is only 217 miles, which means Chileans are never too far from either the Andes mountains or Pacific Ocean. Chile shares a long eastern border with Argentina, and also touches Bolivia (northeast) and Peru (north).

With 17.5 million people, Chile is the sixth most populous country on the continent. The country’s flag looks distinctively similar to that of the state of Texas, while the team’s nickname of “La Roja” is derived from the main color of their home jersey, red.

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MNT Mar 24, 2019
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USA-Chile: Three Tidbits of History

With nearly 700 official matches in the books against 97 different opponents since the U.S. Men’s National Team first started playing in 1916, the MNT has accumulated a rich history of dramatic results, intriguing story lines and interesting anecdotes.

Ahead of Tuesday’s match against Chile (7:55 p.m. ET; ESPN2, UniMas and UDN), here are three tidbits of the MNT’s history against La Roja:

Wynalda Joins Rare Company With Copa ’95 Brace

While the 3-0 win against Argentina is the signature victory of the USA’s fourth-place finish at Copa América 1995 in Uruguay, the team’s success in that tournament started with the opening 2-1 win against Chile. 



Newly equipped with a shaved head, lead MNT striker Eric Wynalda registered both goals – making a near post-run to re-direct now-MNT General Manager Earnie Stewart’s cross from the right in the 14th minute before swerving home one of his patented free kicks six minutes later.

Wynalda’s brace was historic for two reasons:

  • He is one of two MNT players to score two goals in a match on South American soil. The other was Bert Patenaude, who registered a hat trick in a 3-0 win against Paraguay during the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup, also in Uruguay.

  • More impressive, the two goals, plus the one he scored days later in a 3-0 win against Argentina, played a part in the striker becoming the only player to tally for the MNT on five different continents – North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Quite a feat!

Balboa’s (Second) 100 Cap Milestone

The match was historic for another reason that wasn’t recognized as such at the time. Prior to the USA heading to South America for the tournament, long-time defender Marcelo Balboa became the first MNT player to earn 100 caps when he appeared in a 3-2 win against Nigeria on June 11, 1995 in Foxborough, Mass.

Or so he thought…

A few years later, U.S. Soccer was prompted by FIFA to revise the cap numbers of players who had represented the USA in games that were not deemed official senior team matches. This caused Balboa to lose three MNT caps, meaning his actual 100th game came in the 2-1 win against Chile on July 8, 1995.

Balboa, who finished his international career with 127 caps in 2000, remained the first MNT player to hit the century mark. 

Three Debuts Against Chile

In more recent times, current MNT players Sean Johnson, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes received their international debuts against Chile. 

On Jan. 22, 2011, Johnson entered for Nick Rimando at halftime of a 1-1 draw with Chile at the recently renamed Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. [HIGHLIGHTS]

The USA’s most recent match on South American soil saw the now-Columbus Crew duo come off the bench in the 3-2 defeat, with Trapp replacing Mix Diskerud in the 60th minute and Zardes entering for Clint Dempsey in the 68th[HIGHLIGHTS]

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MNT Mar 22, 2019
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