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U.S. Men's National Team Closes out Chile Competitions Undefeated
U.S. Men’s National Team Closes out Chile Competitions Undefeated
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – July 25, 2014 – After six games over the course of eight days, the U.S. Men’s National Team closed out their series against Chile earlier today at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Team USA battled through to earn a tie and remain undefeated in play against their South American opponent.
The red, white and blue got on the scoreboard first when Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Calif.) netted a goal in the 19th minute. Just four minutes later, Alex Grassi (Brookeville, Md.) earned a score of his own to put the U.S. up 2-0. The score held through until the 53rd minute when Chile answered back, making the score 2-1. With only a few minutes left in the match, Chile was able to tie the match on a penalty corner, forcing a 2-2 draw at the final whistle.
“Undefeated in six games is a difficult task for any team,” said Head Coach Chris Clements. “We gained a lot of experience this week. The players developed a greater sense of resilience and perseverance with their play against a higher ranked side and to play the way we did with a new group is encouraging.”
The U.S. Men’s National Team will move into a training and recovery week before they begin another series against Mexico, August 2. Mexico matches are set to begin at 10:45 a.m. PDT.