U.S. and Chile 1-1 draw at first-friendly of 2011

International friendly drew record crowd of 18,580 at The Home Depot Center.

CARSON, California – In the first international friendly of 2011, the United States Men’s National Team (U.S. MNT) drew 1-1 with Chile on Saturday night in front of 18,580 fans at The Home Depot Center (HDC).

Both teams entered the locker room tied at 0-0.

Chile broke through in the 53rd minute with a strike by Estaban Paredes, but forward Teal Bunbury drew the US level in the 75th minute with a penalty kick, pass the Chilean goalkeeper Paulo Garces for the first goal of his national career.

The US equalizer came when Juan Agudelo was tripped by the Chilean defense Sebastian Toro, in the penalty area.

Because the U.S. vs. Chile match was not a FIFA international fixture date, both teams went with youth and did not bring in established players from Europe.

The crowd of 18,580 was the largest crowd for a USMNT friendly at The HDC.

The U.S. MNT has a trio of friendlies slated for the first quarter of the year, beginning with a trip to face Egypt on February 9th in Cairo.  On Saturday, March 26, the U.S. hosts two-time FIFA World Cup champion Argentina in New Jersey at Meadowlands Stadium.  Three days later, the US returns to Nashville to face Paraguay, who reached the Round of 16 of the 2010 World Cup before falling to champion Spain.

All three of the matches fall on FIFA international fixture dates, which means all of the players in the US arsenal will be available for selection.

Leave a Reply