U.S. 1 Chile 1
Good friends off the field, good partnership on it: USMNT camp roommates Teal Bunbury, right, and Juan Agudelo, who drew the foul for the PK, celebrates Bunbury’s penalty kick conversion at Home Depot Center Saturday that tied the game with Chile (AP Photo).
Reporter Phil Collin has the game story and more on the game’s most enduring impression – Juan Agudelo.
The first experimental game of the year is part of a “big puzzle” said U.S. Coach Bob Bradley, a “snapshot” that tells him “where guys are” but in the overall scheme of things doesn’t change much since “we saw a lot of what we know.”
“From the start of this camp we talked about how international games are faster so our movement needs to be better and things need to be cleaner,” Bradley said. “For the past few weeks we tried to establish an idea of what that’s like and today that’s exactly what we got. We had seven guys get their first cap tonight, so that’s always positive. When you have a young group of guys in camp, at the end of everything you want to put it to the test and it gives you a good picture of where these guys are, and I think that part was excellent.”
Notable: The seven Bradley mentioned were starters Sean Franklin, Jeff Larentowicz, Zach Loyd and Chris Wondolowski, and substitutes Sean Johnson, Anthony Wallace and Eric Alexander.
The U.S. goal:
Next up for the U.S.: Egypt in Cairo Feb. 9, then Argentina March 26 in New York and Paraguay March 29 in Nashville.