Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Estadio El Teniente, Chile – Wednesday, January 28 – 11:00PM (6:00PM ET)
Match Odds: Chile 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – USA 5/2
Chile and the USA get their 2015 International campaign’s underway when the two sides go head to head at the Estadio El Teniente in Chile tonight.
Both teams will want to start the year with a win having ended 2014 in poor form. Chile lost their last game against South American rivals Uruguay on home soil, while Jurgen Klinsmann watched the US National Team lose both of their last two games against Colombia and the Republic of Ireland.
The game will take place outside a designated international window and so both side’s will be without stars who play in Europe.Embed from Getty Images
Chile will miss star man Alexis Sanchez as well as Claudio Bravo, Arturo Vidal and Gary Medel as coach Jorge Sampaoli has named an entire squad of Chile-based players.
That should make this an intriguing game as the USA are without key European-based players such as Brad Guzan, Fabian Johnson, Alejandro Bedoya and Geoff Cameron.Embed from Getty Images
Klinsmann has named only two European-based players in his squad as new Spurs signing DeAndre Yedlin and 1860 Munich forward Bobby Wood have made the trip to Chile.
There have been some suggestions that Klinsmann may be prepared to try a new system with three at the back, but that is unlikely to be trialed against a side as good as Chile and so we could the USMNT setup like this:
The USA travel to Chile with 21 of the 23 players in the squad playing for clubs in the United States, with 20 of those playing in MLS with 14 different clubs represented.
Orlando City midfielder Brek Shea and New York City FC’s Mix Diskerud will make history by becoming the first players from the expansion franchises to represent the USMNT if they are played against Chile or Panama in the second friendly.Embed from Getty Images
Both nations are hosting international tournaments this year and will be desperate to start 2015 with a win. Chile host the Copa America later this year while the USA will host the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.
This will be the ninth meeting between the two nations. Both sides have won three of the previous eight, with two ending as draws, including the most recent meeting in 2011 which ended 1-1.
Chile’s last five: W/W/D/W/L
USA’s last five: W/D/D/L/L
Key Stat: Undone at the death: The USA have conceded 11 goals after the 80th minute in their last 11 games.
Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The New England Revolution playmaker made his first USMNT appearance in seven years when he came on against Colombia in November. He will hope to start now and pick up where he left off.
Chile vs USA Prediction: Chile 2–2 USA – An entertaining draw to be played out as both sides will look to start the year without defeat