There are several different ways to look at a performance like the United States’ 1-1 draw with Chile Saturday night.
First, there is the fact that you always play to win. That’s the point of sport, the point of competition, and by that measure, the US came up short. And it wasn’t just on the scoreboard, but in the body language of the players on the field for the first 45 minutes. There was a distinct lack of urgency from nearly the entire side.
In a way, that’s understandable. It was just a friendly against something less than the Chilean first team.
Dax McCarty played a starring role in the United States national team's 1-1 draw against Chile on Saturday night, showing the tenacity and touch that had many questioning why FC Dallas left him unprotected in the Expansion Draft.
McCarty – now with D.C. United – knows the middle of the field is a crowded place on the American squad, but he's prepared to fight for a position. A day before earning his fifth cap for the Stars and Stripes, he answered five questions for MLSsoccer.com.
CARSON, Calif. – When your nickname is Mix – a moniker you've encouraged wholeheartedly – you might expect to blend into the background.
In his first two appearances in a United States uniform, Mikkel "Mix" Diskerud hasn't exactly been invisible in the attack, but his strong play has been overshadowed by the exploits of agemates Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury.
Saturday night’s international friendly between the US and Chile—which featured nine MLS players in the Yanks’ starting XI—was the centerpiece of yet another buzzing week of the 2010-11 offseason.
The past seven days saw the long-awaited signing of an out-of-contract MLS superstar, a splashy front-office acquisition by the club aspiring to be the second New York-area franchise and the usual complement of hot-stove developments.
Several US national team players' parents will be happy with the report card from Saturday night's 1-1 rally draw with Chile at the Home Depot Center.
Three debutants put on enticing displays, while Red Bull New York teammates Tim Ream and Juan Agudelo continued forcing their way into the US picture. Here are the ratings for the game:
Nick Rimando (7) - The Real Salt Lake backstop didn't have a great deal to do, but handled a couple of tricky assignments with great ease.
CARSON, Calif. – A young United States side showed pluck, guile and determination in coming back to draw 1-1 with Chile in front of 18,580 fans at the Home Depot Center in Saturday night's friendly.
The equally green Chileans opened the scoring early in the second half before Teal Bunbury provided the American strike, converting from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after Juan Agudelo was taken down in the box.
CARSON, Calif. – For Dax McCarty, the team comes first. Always.
Ask the midfielder a question about his play during the United States national team's 17-day training camp, and he responds with an answer focusing on the entire squad.
"I would say it's been pretty successful camp for everyone in terms of trying to get the basic concepts of what the national team is all about," the D.C. United midfielder told MLSsoccer.com after Friday's training session at the Home Depot Center, where the Americans will play Chile on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, TeleFutura, ESPN3.com).