January 28, 2015
TWO LITTLE TOO LATE
Shea, Altidore score in 3-2 loss to Chile
RANCAGUA, Chile – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened 2015 with a 3-2 loss to No. 14 FIFA-ranked Chile at Estadio El Teniente.
|Brek Shea opened the US scoring in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Chile.
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Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore scored first-half goals for the USA, which led 2-1 at the break, 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.
Shea's goal, his third for the USA, came after Matt Besler looped a left-footed pass between a pair of defenders to Shea on the left side of the box. Shea one-timed a left-footed shot from a difficult angle past goalkeeper Johnny Herrera and just inside the right post for the USA’s first goal of the year, in the game's sixth minute.
Chile tied the score at 1-1 just four minutes later when Roberto Gutierrez took a high pass from Gonzalez, snuck between USA defenders Jermaine Jones and Besler and headed the ball into the right side of the frame.
Altidore gave the U.S. the lead again in minute 31. The attack began with DeAndre Yedlin’s throw-in to Mix 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, whose right-footed shot landed inside the left post. It was Altidore's 26th goal in 77 appearances for the national team.
Chile had an opportunity late in the first half to score the equalizer but Gutierrez was just offside when Marco Medel crossed the ball from the left side. Gutierrez headed the ball into the net, but the chance was nullified.
Gonzalez' second goal sailed over American keeper Nick Rimando's right shoulder in the 66th minute, and his game-winner came nine minutes after that when he slipped in a rebound of a Rimando save.
Five minutes before Chile scored its game-winning goal, Michael Bradley unleashed a blistering shot from nearly 30 yards out that hit the crossbar which could have given the USA a 3-2 lead at that time.
Chile outshot the USA 12-10; Rimando had two saves in the American goal, and Chile's Herrera made three saves.
Next up for the USA will be a match with Panama on Sunday, Feb. 8 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.