Chile may not be the powerhouse it was five years ago, but it still represents a decent test for Gregg Berhalter as he prepares for the 2019 Gold Cup.
U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday afternoon that the U.S. Men’s National Team will face Chile in a friendly match on March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas. The match is during the next FIFA international window, meaning that Berhalter can select a full compliment of players to play in this match.
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“We’re thrilled to have an opponent of Chile’s caliber as we continue to build our team towards the Gold Cup,” Berhalter said in a statement. “Houston fans have shown fantastic support for the National Team, so we think BBVA Compass Stadium is an ideal venue to compete in.”
Ranked No. 13 in the world, Chile finished behind Peru for the final World Cup 2018 slot out of CONMEBOL on goal-difference. Arturo Vidal originally retired from international play but has since rejoined La Roja along with Alexis Sanchez and former Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel. While the veterans are on their way out, they’ll still be prepared for one last major run in this summer’s Copa America in Brazil.
The USMNT last faced Chile in a January friendly match in 2015, falling 3-2 on the road.