Fast Paced Matches Yield Close Defeat for U-16 and Victory for U-20 for Junior USMNT in Chile

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March 13, 2019, 4 p.m. (ET)

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SANTIAGO, Chile - March 13, 2019 - In their second matches of the Chile tour, the U.S. U-16 and U-20 Men's National Teams showed continued progression from just a few days prior. Taking place at the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile, the U-16 game was an even match-up that saw Chile score late in the opening quarter and USA unable to convert on multiple chances as the red, white and blue fell 1-0. The U-20 match saw USA withstand Chile's constant pressure while making the most of their scoring opportunities on their way to a 4-2 win.

"Both teams played with good effort," stated Rugter Wiese, Junior USMNT Head Coach. "We clearly observed areas we worked on in training (on Monday) demonstrated in the game. We will continue to build on that foundation."

U-16 USMNT 0 - 1 Chile

USA started with good connections moving upfield and earned their first penalty corner off a foot in just under five minutes, but the red white and blue were unable to convert. The first frame ended with shared possession, but not before before the host nation found the back of the net in the 14th minute. The first quarter finished 1-0 to Chile.

In the second frame, USA was on the back foot with possession primarily held by Chile. Los Varones earned a penalty corner at the 26th minute mark where the solid attempt on goal was cleared by USA goalkeeper Russell Smith (Camarillo, Calif). USA looked for the equalizer and earned a penalty corner of their own two minutes later but the shot was deflected away. The halftime score was still in favor of Chile, 1-0.

The start of the second half saw a well-organized USA work to keep the ball out of their defensive end. USA produced solid efforts with greater possession and multiple circle penetrations but were unable to make the most of their opportunities.

The final quarter opened with Chile on the move and in charge of possession. However, the collective effort of USA goalkeeper Rafael Martell (Miami, Fla.) and USA’s defensive unit prevented conversions on four penalty corners and a goal attempt late in the game for the host nation. USA held Chile scoreless for the final three quarters as the game finished 1-0 to Chile.

U-20 USMNT 4 - 2 Chile

Immediately after the starting whistle, USA took control of the game with an initial attempt on goal by Christian De Angelis (Doylestown, Pa.) at the 2-minute mark. USA’s Alberto Montilla (Allen, Texas) quickly followed with another shot and a deflection in the 4th minute by Alex Curtis (London, United Kingdom) put USA on the score board first, 1-0. Chile responded quickly in an attempt to gain control but another Montilla-Curtis combo bested the Chile goalkeeper as the first quarter closed 2-0 to USA.

Second quarter began with high pressure from Chile but the hosts were unable to score thanks to the strong stick of Colin Hennessy (Marlborough, Mass.). Quickly following their first scoring attempt, Chile earned a penalty corner and converted on a deflection to cut the goal margin, 2-1. USA regained momentum and earned a penalty corner in the final minute that Montilla sent into the back of the goal to extend the lead to 3-1 for USA.

Determined to add a goal to the scoreboard, Chile earned a penalty corner early in the third quarter but USA defender Eric Velge (Brussels, Belgium) trapped and cleared the shot. Chile’s subsequent penalty corner attempt was also turned away. A late scoring attempt by De Angelis hit the side of the net as the quarter finished 3-1.

In the opening minutes of the final frame, Chile had the upper hand with two penalty corners but were unable to finish. The host nation kept pressure on and was able to break into the circle and found the net to make it 3-2. USA increased their effort in response and after a scuffle in front of the goal, Curtis tucked the ball past Chile's goalkeeper to finalized the game at 4-2.

Today is another off day for both teams before playing their third match tomorrow, Thursday, March 14 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 am ET and final game Friday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET. For more information regarding the Junior USMNT vs. Chile series including the schedule, results, rosters and more, check out the official event page by clicking here.