MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, January 29, 2015
Despite a 2-1 halftime lead the United States faded away late in the second half to fall to Chile 3-2 on Wednesday night in Rancagua, Chile, pushing their winless streak to five games.
The Americans, who played in a 3-5-2 formation, had a promising start to the game when Brek Shea scored the opening goal in the sixth minute. The left winger made a well-timed run to catch up to a pass from Matt Besler to put the ball past Chilean goalkeeper Johnny Herrera.
Chile would level the game three minutes later when Roberto Gutierrez got his head onto a crossed ball from Mark Gonzalez. U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando could do nothing but watch the ball head towards the far post.
The U.S. would retake the lead in the 31st minute when Jozy Altidore got his right foot on a pass from Mix Diskerud to put it past a diving Herrera. Great one-two play by Diskerud and DeAndre Yedlin on the right wing allowed the New York City FC midfielder to carry the ball into the box where he found a waiting Altidore.
While the U.S. had a strong performance in the first half, it all fell apart for them final 45 minutes. And it would be Gonzalez who would make them pay for their mistakes.
The winger would score his first goal in the 66th minute. The Universidad Catolica player would link up with his teammate Marco Medel on the left side of the field, make a run past the U.S. defense and put the ball past Rimando.
Gonzalez would give Chile the lead for good in the 75th minute. An initial shot taken by Medel was parried away by Rimando, but was not cleared out of danger by the United States. This gave Gonzalez the chance to collect the ball and fire past the helpless U.S. goalkeeper.
The lose to Chile now sees the United States on a three-game losing streak for the first time since late 2009 and early 2010.
The team will now head back to Carson, California, to prepare for their friendly against Panama.