Live: U.S.-Chile at Home Depot Center

Well, let’s hope so: the floodlights went out at 6:42 p.m. as the players were warming up and haven’t come back on yet.

They’re “rebooting” the lights now – they take a while to come back on after what was described as a Southern California Edison power outage. It’s now 7 p.m. and the lights are back on.

Back with the starting lineups in a couple of minutes.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando gets the start in goal.

The back four has the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez and Red Bull Tim Ream presumably starting in the middle with the Galaxy’s Sean Franklin the right back and Zach Loyd of FC Dallas out left.

A five-man midfield features captain Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek, Norway), Brek Shea (Dallas) and Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden).

MLS leading scorer Chris Wondolowski is listed as the lone frontman.

Here’s the Chile XI: Paulo Garces-Eugenio Mena, Juan Abaca, Sebastian Toro, Paulo Magalhaes-Francisco Silva, Fernando Meneses (capt)-Estaban Paredes, Daud Gazale, Edson Puch, Luis Pedro Figueroa.

Yes, you read that right, Chile has four forwards (!) and two midfielders, although I’m pretty sure they won’t take the field in that formation.

The game is live on Telefutura.

Refresh this post for regular updates.

Franklin brought down Puch in the fifth minute, which Mexican referee gave as a direct free kick; Franklin was a bit fortunate to get away with that one.

Rimando bobbled the ensuing direct shot, but recovered to collect the ball safely.

McCarty unleashed a 40-yard drive out of nowhere in the 12th minute that required a fingertips save from Garces to prevent a stunning goal. A wide-open Wondolowski followed that up with a stinging effort of his own a couple of minutes later that brought a diving save from Garces.

Good spell of offensive pressure from the U.S.

An assistant The Chilean fitness coach was red-carded in the 18th minute, presumably for protesting too much after Silva was booked for a tackle from behind on Shea.

Loyd was booked in the 23rd minute for a very late tackle on Silva. Bit of payback there perhaps?

Chile started out fast, but the U.S. has gradually exerted a degree of dominance on this game as we just pass the half hour mark.

The stadium is ringing with chants of “USA, USA.” Always good to hear when the U.S. faces a Latin American opponent in Southern California.

Halftime: U.S. 0 Chile 0

The Chicago Fire’s Sean Johnson has come in at halftime for Rimando; Marvell Wynne of the Colorado Rapids is in for Gonzalez.

Midfielder Felipe Seymour came in at the half for Chile, with Gazale departing.

U.S. 0 Chile 1

Wynn allowed Paredes to find space behind him in the six-yard box and Bedoya couldn’t pick up the slack fast enough to shut the Chilean forward down in the 53rd minute before he scored. It was a nice combination move by Seymour and Meneses that produced the build-up, the pair managing to get behind left back Zach Loyd.

The Chileans have seen most of their best success attacking Loyd and Shea.

Just before the goal I about to write that Bradley’s conservative five-man midfield had worked as he anticipated so far for the most part, clogging up the middle of the park and limiting the opportunities for the speedy Chileans to find space. Scratch that.

At the hour mark Wondolowski has made way fort Teal Bunbury of Kansas City; Shea was replaced at the same time by Juan Agudelo of the New York Red Bulls.

The crowd is buzzing every time the flashy Agudelo gets near the ball and he’s only been on the field three minutes or so. But those who saw him score in his debut against South Africa in November knows what he’s capable of already. He’s a game-changer, that’s for sure even at age 18.

U.S. 1 Chile 1

The speedy Agudelo was tripped just inside the box in the 73rd minute by Toro after a give and go with Bedoya. Teal Bunbury converted the PK, slotting the ball just inside the far post for his first USMNT goal in his second appearance.

What did I say about Agudelo?

Incidentally, Anthony Wallace of the Rapids replaced Loyd in the 72nd minute.

Chile had a goal disallowed for an obvious offside in the 80th minute.

Tonight’s attendance: 18,580, the largest crowd to see a U.S. friendly at Home Depot Center.

Chile’s Toro just received a yellow for an obvious dive in the penalty area right in front of the referee.

Eric Alexander of FC Dallas was subbed in for Bedoya in the 83rd minute.

Agudelo and Bunbury combined in a two on three attack in the 85th minute that ended with Agudelo firing off a shot that was not quite strong enough to beat Garces. They are certainly giving the Chilean defense fits, however.

Final: U.S. 1 Chile 1

Fun game to watch that got better as it wore on with the quantity and quality of attacks gradually increasing.

Let the hype begin for Juan Agudelo, though.

I haven’t seen a young striker make such an impact with the USMNT since the days of Eddie Johnson. Perhaps one shouldn’t make that comparison considering what happened to Johnson’s career in subsequent years, but Agudelo has flair, is comfortable on the ball and has a confidence beyond his years.

Let’s see what Bradley has to say (he is loathe to praise players publicly, so don’t expect much) in the post-game press conference.

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  • Inigo Montoya

    Agudelo was everything you say. The offensive pace picked up for the US in the last 15 minutes — not much polish, but some ambition and a lot of youthful energy. A nice change from the recent bland performances.

    McCarty’s shot was a thing of beauty. More please.

    Didn’t see much of Gonzales, and Franklin got exposed down the flank twice before settling down. Other than that, nothing from a Galaxy perspective.

    A good shake-out before Argentina and Paraguay. Will we see more of the senior team in those games, Nick?

  • Yes, and Bradley said as much. Those dates fall on designated FIFA match dates when clubs are obligated to release players for international duty. In other words, don’t expect to see many (any?) of these players on those squads, although surely Agudelo and perhaps Bunbury has earned more time with the USMNT based on their performances tonight.