U.S. Men Extend Winning Streak to Four against Chile
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – July 22, 2014 - In a quick five days, the U.S. Men's National Squad has taken on Chile in four exciting matches. Today marked another good win for Team USA as they outscored Chile 3-1 to elevate the score of the series to 4-0.
In the 24th minute, Ranjot Sangha (Sacramento, Calif.) struck first for Team USA to put the red, white and blue up 1-0. The score would hold through the second half until Manny Martinez (Lakeside, Calif.) found the back of the net in the 56th minute, increasing the U.S. lead to 2-0. At the 63 minute mark, Will Holt (Camarillo, Calif.) added another tally for the U.S. during a penalty corner. Chile answered back five minutes later to get themselves on the scoreboard, but the final score read 3-1 in favor of Team USA.
“Today was a good win, however we need to make sure we continue to grow during the next two games as this series is not over yet,” said Head Coach Chris Clements. “Our goal is to convert more opportunities into goals without losing our defensive organization.”
Defender Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Calif.), who has been a member of the U.S. Men's National Team since 2009, also earned his 50th international cap with Team USA in today’s match.
“I am very happy to be part of this team,” said Dhadwal. “We had another solid win today and I am looking forward to the rest of this series and our upcoming summer series.”
The team has a rest day tomorrow and will return to action on Thursday, July 24 at 10:45 a.m. PDT. Follow @USAFieldHockey on Twitter for live match updates and be sure to check out usafieldhockey.com for upcoming #NoOffDays videos and contests!
*Cover photo credit to Andrew Holt