MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls 

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, May 2nd – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – New York Red Bulls 23/10

Match Preview

New England Revolution face New York Red Bulls on Saturday in one of this weekend’s standout fixtures. The Eastern Conference rivals are just separated by a point with the Revs leading the conference after eight weeks.

Jay Heaps’ side have had a strong start to the season and will be challenged here against a Red Bulls side that remain the only unbeaten team in MLS.

The Revs come into this one off back-to-back wins in a six-game unbeaten streak and look in a strong position ahead of the game.

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Goals have been coming from all over the field for New England, five from midfield and five from the forward line, with seven different scorers netting those ten goals. Charlie Davies has bagged two in his last two outings and will be hoping he can prove himself to be a big game player in this one.

New York Red Bulls remain unbeaten but have drawn four of their opening seven games. With back-to-back home draws, they will hope for better success on the road but will need to try and stop conceding the first goal to improve their chances.

It seems as if they are missing out on opportunities to be leading the Eastern Conference but if they can continue this unbeaten form it will give them a great chance of competing for top spot.

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Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam have started the season in brilliant form, scoring six between them. Wright-Phillips netted again midweek and his form in front of goal will be pivotal to how his side fare in the big games.

Red Bulls will have had just three days between this and their 1-1 draw against Colorado Rapids. They would have been expecting to win that game and cannot afford any complacency this weekend.

Team News

New England Revolution could be without four as Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves, Daigo Kobayashi and Lee Nguyen are carrying injuries. Nguyen would be a huge miss in the middle of the park but the Revs have coped well without key players already this season so Heaps should be able to rejig his midfield to cater for any potential absentees.

New York Red Bulls have just one injury concern to defender Ronald Zubar. Other than that Jesse Marsch has a full squad at his disposal. He will again be hoping for Wright-Phillips and Sam to combine but knows this is going to be a tough test.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/D/W/W

New York Red Bulls’ last five: W/D/W/D/D

Key Stat: Goals – There have been 16 goals in the last five meetings between the sides so if that is anything to go by we could have an end-to-end tie.

Key Player: Lloyd Sam – The Red Bulls forward has really stepped up so far this season and is a real threat, he can be key to unlocking the Revs defence.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 New York Red Bulls – Another close tie with action like usual. The Red Bulls to continue their unbeaten run in possibly their toughest challenge so far.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Saturday, April 4th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado 7/5 – Draw 11/5 – New England 19/10

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids host the New England Revolution on Saturday night in a game that is likely to see few goals if any, as between the two sides they have only managed two so far this season.

With the 0-0 draw at Houston last week, Colorado became the only team in MLS history to record three consecutive scoreless draws to start a season. But is that as bad as it sounds?

Well considering they are a side that hasn’t scored or conceded a goal, they certainly need to improve their end product when attacking.

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They do however remain one of only four sides to be unbeaten so far. But they are the only team of those four not to register a win as yet and need to start looking for victories.

New England have endured an indifferent start to this campaign and not many would have predicted that the Revs would have only won one of their first four coming into the campaign.

However, with the return of key men Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury nearing closer, it seems New England could be back to the side we saw make the MLS Cup final last season.

But they still have a lot to do and the loss of star centre back AJ Soares has been huge. With the Revs lacking strength at the back so far. They currently have the worst goal difference in MLS (-4) and need to find a solid level of performance if they are to remain a force.

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All that being said, they are last season’s MLS Cup runners-up and should return to form very soon. They will see this as a winnable game and travel to Colorado to take on a Rapids side that hasn’t found the net in 510 minutes.

New England have not won in Colorado since 2002 though and the Rapids can take great confidence from the fact that the Revs have never won at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Team News

Colorado will be without Drew Moor once again as he remains a long-term absentee. Martin Hairston is a doubt but should be available. Axel Sjoberg, Carlos Alvarez and Dillon Serna are all doubtful after missing the Houston game last weekend.

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New England duo Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury are being monitored day-to-day but are still doubtful. Kevin Alston is also a doubt but is expected to be available. Juan Agudelo could once again play on the right wing if Charlie Davies is preferred up front.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ form: D/D/D

New England Revolution’s form: L/L/D/W

Key Stat: Colorado has failed to score in their last five matches in MLS.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – The result of this tie depends on if the Revolution can continue to get Nguyen the ball. If they do he can cause havoc.

Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 0-1 New England Revolution – Based on form this has 0-0 written all over it but the Revs could just edge it and will be looking for a first win in Colorado for 13 years.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 28 – 15:00 ET (19:00 GMT)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 10/11 – Draw 12/5 – San Jose Earthquakes 3/1

New England Revolution take on San Jose Earthquakes at Gillette Stadium on Saturday in what is a huge MLS match for the Revs after they’ve lost two of their opening three and are yet to score a goal.

San Jose Earthquakes, by contrast, have had a great start, picking up two wins on the bounce and have responded well following their opening day defeat to FC Dallas.

The Quakes have scored five goals in their last two games, including three in an excellent away win against the Seattle Sounders two weeks ago.

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New England are on a poor run of form after a 3-0 drubbing on the opening day against Seattle Sounders followed by a 2-0 defeat to New York City FC.

The Revs took a point from a Montreal Impact side that played with ten men for the final 30 minutes last time out, and they’ve really struggled to hit the back of the net.

New England can take confidence from the fact that they’ve beaten San Jose in their last two meetings though, and a win is much needed in order to take some pressure off head coach Jay Heaps.

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San Jose Earthquakes are in a rich vein of form and are currently second in the Western Conference, level on points with the Vancouver Whitecaps going into this weekend’s fixtures.

The Quakes will fancy their chances over a vulnerable New England side that are languishing in ninth place in the Eastern Conference above only Chicago Fire – the side that San Jose beat 2-1 last weekend.

Team News

New England Revolution will still be without influential midfielder Jermaine Jones who is recovering from his hernia surgery. Donnie Smith and Kevin Alston are both unavailable while Teal Bunbury remains a doubt. Playmaker Lee Nguyen has question marks over whether he will play.

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As for San Jose Earthquakes, Mark Sherrod remains out with a knee injury, as does Steven Lenhart. Defender Paulo Renato is out with a hamstring injury. Fatai Alashe will miss out as he is with the US U23 squad while Tommy Thompson is with the U20 side.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: L/L/D

San Jose Earthquakes’ form: L/W/W

Key Stat: New England Revolution are unbeaten in their last 11 Major League Soccer games at Gillette Stadium.

Key Player: Ty Harden – The Quakes defender notched a goal and an assist against Chicago last weekend and will look to build on that performance this weekend.

Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-3 San Jose Earthquakes – New England will break their goalscoring duck, but the Quakes are in good form and will pick up another three points away from home this week.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, March 21 – 15:00 ET (19:00 GMT )

Match Odds: New England Revolution 17/20 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 16/5

Match Preview

New England Revolution host Montreal Impact at the Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening in their first MLS home game of the 2015 campaign.

The Revs have had a poor start to the season with two defeats from two games, and they find themselves rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings.

Montreal Impact have only played one MLS game so far and that ended in a 1-0 defeat away at DC United on March 7, however they are in with a great chance of reaching the CONCACAF Champions League final after a 2-0 semifinal first-leg win over Alajuelense on Wednesday thanks to goals from Ignacio Piatti and Victor Cabrera.

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The strong form the Impact have shown in that competition will fill them with confidence and they will be hoping to pounce on New England’s slow start on Saturday night.

Frank Klopas has only had two days to recover and prepare his Montreal side following their midweek victory, and a trip to New England could take its toll, so he will be hoping fatigue doesn’t affect their performance on the day.

New England have failed to score in their opening two games for the second consecutive season and they’re experiencing a case of déjà vu as their stats read as played two, lost two, scored none, conceded five – the exact same situation they were in one year ago.

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Although it’s obviously a major disappointment for head coach Jay Heaps, he knows how much quality the Revs have in their squad and will point to last season as an example of what can be achieved despite being slow out of the blocks.

The absence of Jermaine Jones has been a clear problem, but once he returns they will be fully confident of turning it around in the long term. In the short term, this game presents the perfect opportunity to kick-start the 2015 campaign.

The head-to-head record between these two Eastern Conference sides in MLS is very tight with New England coming out on top in three of the previous eight encounters compared to Montreal’s four victories, while the most recent clash ended in a 2-2 draw back in October 2014.

Team News

New England Revolution’s defensive mainstay Jose Goncalves will miss the game through suspension following his red card against New York City last time out. The Revs are still without the injured Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury is also a doubt as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Defenders Kevin Alston (hamstring) and Donnie Smith (groin) are both unavailable.

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Montreal impact will be without midfielder Andres Romero and defender Adrian Lopez. Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau is unavailable due to a shoulder problem and Justin Mapp remains a long term absentee with an elbow injury.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: L/L

Montreal Impact’s form: L

Key Stat: New England Revolution failed to score in the opening three games of the 2014 season and history is on course to repeat itself unless they can pull themselves together here.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – He is the playmaker for the Revs and he really hasn’t got going yet. If he can start performing to the best of his ability then the results will come.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 1-1 Montreal Impact – Both sides will desperate for their first point of the new season and we could see a tightly contested affair.

Podcast: Altidore, Revs and Manchester United

In this week’s MLSGB Podcast Zack Walford talks to Louis East and Jamie Ives about Jozy Altidore after his fine start to life with Toronto FC, New England Revolution and where their 3-0 loss to Seattle leaves them and we also look at Manchester United and their chances on making the top four in the Premier League this season.

As always, be sure to leave your comments below or get in touch on Twitter: @MLSGB_.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs New England Revolution

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Sunday, March 8 – 21:30 ET (01:30 GMT – Monday, 9)

Match Odds: Seattle 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – New England 14/5

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders face New England Revolution in the final game of the opening weekend of the new Major League Soccer season as two of the best sides from last season go head-to-head on Sunday night.

The Sounders lifted the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2014 and won more games than anyone else in MLS last year but a new season means it’s time to start fresh and Seattle will want nothing more than victory to start to the new campaign.

The Revs went all the way to MLS Cup last year but suffered a painful extra-time loss to eventual champions, LA Galaxy. It’s important for New England to come back fighting again in 2015 but they couldn’t have picked a trickier place to play their first game of the new season.

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Seattle also lost to the LA Galaxy to end their 2014 season but their regular season form was good in the run-in as they won three of their last five. The Sounders will be out to seek revenge for last season’s thumping 5-0 defeat in New England in what was the heaviest loss of their entire campaign.

That result could give New England confidence and they are now unbeaten in three against the Sounders. Both sides love to play attacking football and that could lead to an open, entertaining game on Sunday.

Lee Nguyen was the star for the Revs in 2014 and he will look to pick up where he left off, while the return of Juan Agudelo in attack only bolsters New England.

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Seattle will rely on the deadly duo of Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey once again, though Lamar Neagle could be set to partner Martins in attack, with Dempsey slotting in an advanced midfield role.

The Revs beat the Sounders in both sides’ penultimate preseason game as New England won 2-1 in the Desert Diamond Cup match in Tucson, Arizona but the start of the new season will be an entirely different game.

Team News

Seattle Sounders will be without midfield enforcer and Designated Player, Osvaldo Alonso (groin) for the start of the new season and Gonzalo Pineda is likely to step in a fill the void. Tyrone Mears should make his debut at right-back as life after DeAndre Yedlin begins for the Sounders.

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New England Revolution go into the game without a star midfielder of their own as Jermaine Jones will miss the first few weeks of the new season after undergoing surgery on a hernia last month. Daigo Kobayashi is expected to step in to replace Jones in midfield while Juan Agudelo could start in attack with Charlie Davies on the bench.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ form: N/A

New England Revolution’s form: N/A

Key Stat: New England Revolution have scored in all of their last ten Major League Soccer games, including the playoffs. The Revs netted 22 goals in their last ten games of 2014.

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Key Player: Clint Dempsey – With no Jermaine Jones in midfield for the Revs, Clint Dempsey could find himself more space than usual and if he is not picked up by New England he will cause all kinds of problems.

Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 2-1 New England Revolution – Seattle won more times than anyone else last year and the absence of Jones for the Revs should see the Sounders start 2015 with victory in an entertaining game.

MLS Fantasy Tips: Top midfield picks

The latest installment of our MLS Fantasy tips series sees us preview the best midfield options in the official mlssoccer.com fantasy soccer game.

With the 2015 MLS season fast approaching, we take a look at the best midfield options for your fantasy lineup. Here are the five who we think could top the points chart this term.

1. Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution) – $11.0m

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Lee Nguyen was the key playmaker in a great New England Revolution side in 2014 and we expect much of the same this year. With 18 regular season goals in MLS last term, he will be hoping to better that tally in 2015.

The return of Juan Agudelo up top will give Nguyen another man to aim at and whether he is scoring or providing, the USMNT man will be an asset to any fantasy lineup. But with a tag of $11.0m, he will need to do well to justify his price.

2. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC) – $11.0m

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The second of three expensive picks is Sebastian Giovinco but the Italian is a huge gamble at $11.0m considering he hasn’t previously played in MLS.

Toronto needs to make the playoffs this season and Giovinco will be key to any success. Like Nguyen, he can pop up with goals as well as assists and the ‘Atomic Ant’ is someone to seriously consider so long as he can hit the ground running.

3. Kaka (Orlando City SC) – $11.0m

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Former Ballon d’Or winner, Kaka is the marquee signing for 2015 and we expect him to live up to his pedigree.

At $11.0m a lot of fantasy managers will be put off by the price tag but he is one that needs deep consideration. He’s won everything there is to win and now he’s hungry for an MLS Cup in Orlando City’s inaugural season. More than 20% of managers have already picked Kaka for their fantasy teams and he could be the top overall points scorer in 2015.

4. Lloyd Sam (New York Red Bulls) – $8.5m

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Lloyd Sam was the subject of a huge debate over whether he warrants consideration this year now that Thierry Henry has retired. But Sam will still give Bradley Wright-Phillips service and the English winger should at least make your shortlist.

It will be interesting to see what system is played by the New York Red Bulls in 2015 and if Sam is played more centrally, he has to be picked at $8.5m. Even on the right, he can cause problems and he scored as many points as Graham Zusi last year but is $2.0m cheaper than the Sporting Kansas City man.

5. Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo) – $9.0m

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Although he is classed as a midfielder, Giles Barnes often plays up front for the Dynamo, and the further forward he is the more of a threat he is.

Houston are set for a good year under new boss Owen Coyle and the mid-season arrival of Erick Torres will only make Barnes more of an attacking threat. He is a slight risk at $9.0m but was the eighth-highest points scorer from all midfielders in the 2014 season.

Who do you think will be the best MLS Fantasy midfielder in 2015?

MLS 2015 Season Preview: New England Revolution

As the 2015 season beckons, we’ll have a new MLS 2015 Season Preview up everyday. Today we take a look at what the New England Revolution will be hoping to achieve this year…

Is this New England Revolution’s year? Could they go all the way? They finished as runners-up last term and were a dominant force in MLS once Jermaine Jones arrived in August. They lost just once in the regular season after the arrival of Jones and were impressive throughout the playoffs before losing in extra-time to the LA Galaxy in the 2014 MLS Cup final. That defeat will still be haunting players as well as the Revs supporters but they are in a strong position to hit the ground running and make another charge at the title this season. 

Last season’s finish: Eastern Conference position: 2nd – P34 – W17 – D4 – L13 

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What needs to change this year? 

Not much if we’re honest, they just need to pick up where they left off and hope that Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen can continue to inspire them. Perhaps one weakness with the Revs is the lack of goals from their attacking core. Nguyen (as good as he is) should not be top scorer again and the return of Juan Agudelo is one which should only make the team more dangerous.

Key changes to squad:

Ins: Juan Agudelo – Forward, Jeremy Hall – Midfielder, Sean Okoli – Midfielder

Outs: Patrick Mullins – Forward, Tony Taylor – Forward, AJ Soares – Defender, Stephen McCarthy – Defender

Key player: Lee Nguyen – Midfielder

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Lee Nguyen was the standout performer for New England in 2014 and came very close to being named as the league’s MVP, though he fell short to Robbie Keane for that accolade. Still, with 20 goals last season and a deserved recall to the USMNT, Nguyen looks set to inspire his side once again. He was the highest scoring midfielder in MLS last time out and will hope to build on those incredible displays in 2015.

One to watch: Juan Agudelo – Forward

Juan Agudelo returns to New England for a second spell after leaving for Europe in 2013. He will add sharpness to this Revs side in attack and will be battling with Charlie Davies for the starting spot. He will be key this term so expect goals from the 22-year-old striker. With a supporting cast of Nguyen, Teal Bunbury and Jermaine Jones to name just a few, Agudelo could be a genuine candidate for the MLS Golden Boot this year. Watch out.

Predicted finish: Eastern Conference – 1st

New England were four points off first-placed DC United in the Eastern Conference last year and lost four more games than the eventual winners. Though they have Jermaine Jones for a full season now and his influence cannot be undervalued. The Eastern Conference is packed with talented squads and it will be a fiercely competitive campaign, but the Revs have only strengthened over the offseason and will expect to be competing for the MLS Cup again come December. They were the form side at the end of 2014 and won the Eastern Conference title in the end. They will go into the new season in full confidence.

How will New England Revolution fare in 2015?

Five takeaways: Chile 3–2 USA – What did we learn about the USMNT?

The US Men’s National Team got their 2015 campaign underway against Chile in Rancagua last night and although it was only a friendly, the game left us with plenty to think about.

Jurgen Klinsmann started the game with a 3-5-2 formation in place but a close to full strength USA side lost the game 3-2 against a Chile B side.

The Chileans have all started their new season and are much fitter than the MLS-based players who have only just started preseason training and that showed in the second-half as the USMNT let a 2-1 lead go as a result of fatigue.

Here are five things we learnt from last night’s game:

1) 3-5-2 is not the reason behind defeat and needs to be tried again.

Many questioned Klinsmann’s decision to lineup in a 3-5-2 setup against Chile on Wednesday night but the system seemed to work well overall, despite some defensive issues. The USA scored more than a single goal in a game for the first time since the World Cup which is obviously a positive but the wingback positions need more attention. DeAndre Yedlin and Brek Shea struggled to get back and defend wide areas as the USA allowed Chile to cross the ball 41 times.

As Shea opens the scoring look at how far forward he and Yedlin are

As Shea opens the scoring look at how far forward he and Yedlin are.

The still shot above shows how far forward Yedlin and Shea were willing to get from the start of the game. As Shea blasts his shot in, Yedlin is as advanced as strikers Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore. Effective in attack, but not in defence.

Klinsmann reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2 after halftime as the USA went on to lose the game 3-2, despite leading at the break. Fitness is a key issue this early in the year but the 3-5-2 experiment cannot be scrapped just yet. Needs more work.

2) Jermaine Jones is too reckless to play in the centre of a three-man backline.

Jermaine Jones played in defence once again on Wednesday, but this time at the heart of a three-man backline alongside Matt Besler and Steve Birnbaum. Jones was seemingly allowed to play where he wanted on the pitch though and he failed to stick to his position on several occasions. Being a natural midfielder – the position he thrives in for New England Revolution, Jones has a tendency to carry the ball out of defence, but he was caught on more than one occasion and Chile created chances from his turnovers as a result, with Jones then missing from defence.

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He was seemingly playing in midfield in the second-half but he uses his athleticism too much at points and goes charging into areas that he doesn’t need to. Some more tactical discipline would keep Jones in a position where he could break down an attack, but chasing the ball is not something that will help him, or his teammates.

Jones should be played in midfield alongside Bradley in the upcoming friendly against Panama to allow him to express himself in his natural position. The USA need his box-to-box athleticism, just not from defence.

3) Does a game have to have two halves?

The worrying trend of second-half slumps continued as Chile battled back to turn the game around in the second 45. The USA have now lost their last three games, and conceded nine second-half goals in their last five, a spell in which they haven’t won a game. That is a major concern. Fitness was a reasonable excuse this time around as players haven’t played a competitive game for a couple of months, but the staggering drop in performance levels as the game goes on is something that needs to be addressed quickly.

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One positive is that the USA managed to avoid conceding a goal in the final ten minutes for the first time in four games. They had conceded 11 goals in the last ten minutes of their last 11 games, but managed to stop that becoming 12 in 12 against Chile.

4) Steve Birnbaum largely impressive, Bobby Wood not so much.

Steve Birnbaum and Bobby Wood were both given their first starts in a USMNT shirt against Chile but had differing nights. DC United defender and 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year, Birnbaum played well and looked comfortable at the back, despite having to play in a back three. He almost scored an own goal in the second-half as a cross bounced off his thigh and fortunately into the arms of Nick Rimando in goal. That blunder seemed to affect him as he wasn’t as well organised for the remainder of the game, with the third Chile goal deflecting in off his leg, but that was down to fatigue as much as anything else.

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Bobby Wood started in attack alongside Jozy Altidore but didn’t offer enough of a threat, before being taken off at halftime. He’s struggling for gametime with 1860 Munich in Germany and that showed as he looked off the mark. There are better players that should start ahead of Wood for now.

5) Lee Nguyen needs to start, Gyasi Zardes showed promise.

Lee Nguyen had to settle for another substitute appearance as he gets used to life back in the USA setup, but Klinsmann should have started the New England playmaker. Nguyen has the ability to thread killer balls through – something desperately missing, but he came into the game alongside tiring teammates against a Chile side that controlled possession. Nguyen needs to start against Panama.

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Gyasi Zardes made his international debut last night and left us wanting more. The LA Galaxy striker has improved dramatically over the past 12 months and deserved his chance with the USMNT. He came on and looked lively, despite the lack of service, and forced a save late on with a shot that he will feel he could have done better with. The main thing is that he showed he can create space with his movement, and we look forward to seeing more against Panama.

What did you make of the USA game against Chile on Wednesday night?

International Preview and Prediction: Chile vs. USA

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.

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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.

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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:

USA Predicted Lineup vs Chile

Predicted USA Lineup for game against Chile (via Lineupbuilder.com)

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.

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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 USAAn entertaining draw to be played out as both sides will look to start the year without defeat