January 22, 2011
Bunbury’s pk salvages 1-1 U.S. draw with Chile
CARSON, Calif. -- For the second consecutive game, late-match heroics by New York Red Bulls midfielder-forward Juan Agudelo helped save the U.S. National Team.
Agudelo was fouled in the penalty area to set up Teal Bunbury's goal, which lifted the Americans to a 1-1 draw with Chile in an international friendly at Home Depot Center on Saturday night.
In his international debut against South Africa on Nov. 17, Agudelo scored his first goal after coming on as a substitute in a 1-0 win.
On Saturday, the 18-year-old Agudelo did his best for the equalizer, running at the defense. He was tripped just as he stepped into the penalty area and the U.S. was awarded a penalty.
It looked like the Barnegat, N.J. native wanted to take the attempt, but Bunbury, who also was playing in his second international, took it, calmly sending the ball into the lower right corner to knot the score.
Agudelo, who replaced struggling Brek Shea in the 60th minute, tried for the game-winner in the 85th minute, but his low shot was easily saved by goalkeeper Paulo Garces.
In the early going, the U.S. looked like a bunch of players playing together for the first time.
Midfielder Dax McCarty, the captain for the match, finally broke the ice for the Americans by firing a long-range shot that Garces knocked over the crossbar in the 13th minute. McCarty was one of the few bright spots for the U.S.
A minute later, Chris Wondolowski, last year's MLS Golden Boot winner, decided to take a long shot as well, but his low attempt was saved handily by Garces.
Chile's fitness trainer Luis Bonini was sent off in the 18th minute by the referee after complaining about a yellow card to midfielder Francisco Silva.
The South Americans broke through in the 53rd minute, after a nifty passing sequence and some poor play by the U.S. backline, particularly central defender Marvell Wynne.
Striker Esteban Paredes headed a superb right-wing cross past goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who made his international debut, replacing starter Nick Rimando at hafltime.