The U.S. Men’s National team’s first match of 2015 will pit Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad against a domestic-based Chile side in their January 28 friendly in Rancagua.
Chile announced its roster for the friendly on Tuesday and former Liverpool striker Mark Gonzalez and defender Gonzalo Fierro are the most experienced players on a side made up largely of players who have yet to make a national team appearance for Chile. In fact, only defender Jose Rojas returns from the Chilean World Cup team that impressed in Brazil this past summer.
The friendly is not being played on a FIFA fixture date, meaning clubs aren’t obligated to release players for the match, but the Chilean League and MLS have released players for the match.
Here is the Chile squad for the friendly vs. the USMNT:
GOALKEEPERS: Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile), Paulo Garcés (Colo Colo).
DEFENDERS: Cristian Suárez (Universidad de Chile), José Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Osvaldo González (Universidad de Chile), Gonzalo Fierro (Colo Colo), Erick Pulgar (Universidad Catolica), Diego Valdés (Audax Italiano), Juan Cornejo (Audax Italiano), Paulo Diaz (Palestinian).
MIDFIELDERS: Gonzalo Espinoza (Universidad de Chile), Marco Medel (Santiago Wanderers), Jaime Valdes (Colo Colo), Bryan Carrasco (Audax Italiano), Cesar Valenzuela (Palestinian).
FORWARDS: Roberto Gutiérrez (Universidad Catolica), Mark Gonzalez (Universidad Catolica), Andres Vilches (Huachipato), Angelo Sagal (Huachipato) and Juan Delgado (Colo Colo).
What do you think of this squad? Think the U.S. should steamroll this Chile team? Wishing the U.S. were playing Chile on a FIFA fixture date in order to face the full Chilean team?
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