The United States Men’s National Team continued their 2019 unbeaten run against Ecuador last week off of a rather fortuitous goal by Columbus Crew SC striker Gyasi Zardes late in the match to give the team a 1-0 victory. The game was a rather defensive affair with Ecuador playing a rather defensive style, allowing USMNT to control possession and tempo throughout.
Head coach Gregg Berhalter has continued to make his mark on the National Team, implementing his system that is very familiar to fans in Columbus. The Ecuador match was their toughest test to date, as their CONMEBOL opponent seemed to be implementing a defensive style that they will play in this summer’s Copa America. The visitors were willing to sit back and let the Red, White and Blue play in their own half for most of the match. Defensively, the Americans were able to hold off the few counter attacks Ecuador mustered, holding the opponent scoreless. This was the third consecutive clean sheet for the U.S.
Offensively, Berhalter’s side left something to be desired. They weren’t able to break through and create many opportunities in the final third despite the inclusion of European-based players like Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic all making the starting 11.
Tonight’s match against Chile will be the USMNT’s final test prior to this summer’s Gold Cup. With Adams being sent back to RB Leipzig and McKennie out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury sustained in last week’s match, the team fielded tonight will likely look very different than the one from last week.
Much of the starting lineup from the last game is expected to be largely be shifted to give players the opportunity to make final impressions. With Crew midfielder Wil Trapp playing 59 minutes and Zardes playing the full 90 last week, it wouldn’t be surprising to not see either feature in tonight’s match.
This game should be a great opportunity for MLS-based players like Corey Barid, Daniel Lovitz, Nick Lima, Christian Ramirez and Cristian Roldan to play and show why they deserve a shot at making the Gold Cup roster this summer.
Chile will be looking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Mexico last week. They had a physical match with El Tri and with Chile’s physical style, the same is expected tonight against the U.S. Despite their recent struggles, Chile does have plenty of talented players on their roster, such as Nicolas Castillo, Gary Medel and Arturo Vidal, that could give the USMNT player pressure and issues in all phases of the pitch.
USMNT lineup: TBD
Chile lineup: TBD
How to watch
Time: 7:55 p.m. ET
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, TX
TV: ESPN2, UniMas and UDN
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