Last night’s match between Chile and the USA started out as a competitive back and forth affair with the two teams trading goals. With 8 minutes remaining in the first half the score was knotted up 10-10. Unfortunately for Team USA, though, Chile went on a 7-1 run to finish the half up 17-11. And, the scoring drought continued with the U.S. managing only 1 goal in the entire 2nd half for a lopsided final result of 38-12.
Injuries played a big role in the lack of offensive production. Starting left back, Amar Amitovic, was effective in the early going, but sprained an ankle and did not return. Paul Skorupa moved from circle runner to backcour to take his place, but is battling a thumb injury. Defensive specialist Matt Reedy also saw limited action due to a hip contusion.
After the match I had a short Facebook chat with Coach Craig Rot and he was hopeful that all 3 would return for today’s match against Paraguay. He was also upbeat despite the loss, saying in part,
“I am so proud of my guys. We showed what we are capable of doing. Despite losing three starters, we went goal for goal for 23 minutes against five of the six starters from Chile’s junior bronze medal winners. Twelve of my players were playing in their first international game, and we were rewriting our game plans after five minutes because of injuries. So much to build on. So much to be excited about despite the final score. We are anything but done.”
A trip to the semifinals now would appear to be unlikely, but the USA can still set its sights on 5th place and qualification for the World Championships. In order to play for 5th, the U.S. will need to finish 3rd or 4th in its Group. Today’s match vs Paraguay, will be the first step in that task. Paraguay, won its first match yesterday, 35-32 vs Costa Rica and the U.S. will surely want to avoid going into a 0-2 hole.
Match time is 1800 Local and 1700 EDST. The match will be live streamed by DiversaTV: Link
On Demand Video of USA vs Chile: Link
Standings and Results: Link