U.S. Men's National Team Opens Summer Series against Chile with a Victory

July 18, 2014, 2:21 p.m. (ET)

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – July 18, 2014 – The U.S. Men’s National Team opened up a six-match test series at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. against Chile with a 1-0 victory earlier today. Midfielder Paul Singh (Simi Valley, Calif.) notched the game winning goal in the 66th minute to give Team USA the victory.

After a scoreless first half, it looked like Will Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) put the U.S. up 1-0 midway through the second half, but the goal was called back. Undeterred, Team USA continued going forward and scoring the well-deserved go ahead goal in the closing minutes of the match. Besides a few penalty corners and shots by the U.S., neither team was able to capitalize on offensive opportunities during the match.

“I think this 1-0 win is a good result after not having played together in an official match for months,” said Head Coach Chris Clements. “We must improve in several areas but overall, we have something to build on. We are looking forward to the next match in this series and will be ready to play tomorrow at 10:45 a.m.”

Tom Barrett (Greensboro, N.C.), Ajaypal Singh (Hayward, Calif.) and Sean Cicchi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) earned their first international cap with the U.S. Men’s National Squad today.

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