Chile-USA: Late Jones goal gives Americans 2-1 win

The United States got an 88th-minute strike from forward Cobi Jones to down host Chile, 2-1, at Estadio Francisco Sanchez Rumoros in Coquimbo, Chile, on Jan. 29. The U.S. team earned its first win of the year and first win on South American soil that dates back to 1995. U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis scored the first goal and set the winning goal. The 25-year-old San Jose Earthquakes midfielder opened the scoring in the 55th minute when he sent a header just inside the far post off an Eric Wynalda free kick from the left side. Lewis also assisted on the game-winning goal, streaking down the left side before sending a beautiful cross to the far post to the feet of an onrushing Cobi Jones, who volleyed it back across the goal past the wrong-footed Chilean goalkeeper Marcelo "Rambo" Ramirez with just two minutes left to play. Lewis got his first international goal against Chile almost a year ago, when he knocked in the game-winner in a 2-1 win in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The U.S. now holds a 3-4-1 record against the Chileans, including the last three decisions, a streak that started with a 2-1 on a pair of first-half goals by Wynalda in the Copa America opener in Paysandu, Uruguay, on June 8, 1995. The U.S. featured a new backline of Eddie Pope at sweeper fullbacks Greg Vanney and C.J. Brown in front of goalkeeper Tony Meola, who leads all U.S. keepers with 91 caps. The lone Chile goal came on a 35-yard bomb by Jaime Riveros just two minutes after the U.S. The result increases the pressure on Chile coach Nelson Acosta, just six weeks before the start of World Cup qualifying in South America. The Americans will next regroup in Ft. Lauderdale to prepare for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Feb. 12-27. Friendly Jan. 29 in Coquimbo Chile 1 USA 2. Goals: Riveros 57; Lewis 55, Jones 88. Chile USA -- ,Meola, Vanney, Pope, Brown, Lewis, Armas (Harkes, 46), Williams, Olsen (Jones, 70), Kirovski (Deering, 78,; Wynalda (Lassiter, 56), Razov. CHI - Marcelo Ramirez, Palacios, Miguel Ramirez (Von Schwelder, 46), Aros, Flores, Villaseca, Acuna, Valencia (Reyes, 37), Riveros, Nunez (Gonzalez, 66),Rozental (Queralto, 85). Yellow cards: Chile û Palacios 43, Reyes 40; Armas 12, Olsen 41, Lewis 77. Att.: n/a. Minute-by-minute 12th minute -- ARMAS given yellow card for hard foul. 13th minute -- WYNALDA commits foul in midfield. 15th minute -- OLSEN play on endline results in goal kick for Chile. 15th minute -- Chile offensive opportunity on breakaway. MEOLA saves initial shot and gives up rebound. Second shot is wide left. 17th minute -- VANNEY commits foul in midfield. 18th minute -- Chile shot is high from about 40 yards. 20th minute -- OLSEN cross to KIROVSKI in box, headed towards goal to WYNALDA. Chilean goalkeeper dove and blocked shot. Rebound is cleared away by defender. 22nd minute -- Pass into box goes over endline ahead of Chilean forward. 23rd minute -- Cross by KIROVSKI cleared by Chilean defender. U.S. retains possession. 24th minute -- RAZOV's cross from right wing is cleared by goalkeeper's punch. 25th minute -- Another long-range shot from about 40 yards by Chile is high. 27th minute -- Chile is flagged for offside. 27th minute -- RAZOV shoots high from about 25 yards. 29th minute -- Free kick for U.S. sent into box but headed out by Chilean defender. 29th minute -- WILLIAMS offside for U.S. 31st minute -- WILLIAMS commits foul in midfield. Free kick sent into box but cleared. 31st minute -- KIROVSKI suffers brutal foul in midfield. Free kick left side, outside of box. WYNALDA sends it into the box, but it is sent out... 32nd minute -- WYNALDA commits foul on right sideline at midfield stripe. 34th minute -- U.S. commits foul in midfield, quick restart. 35th minute -- KIROVSKI cross into box. WYNALDA gets a foot on the cross, but goalkeeper is there to smother it off of WYNALDA's foot. 36th minute -- VANNEY clears a Chilean cross. 38th minute -- Chilean substitution: Esteban Valencia is replaced by Joel Reyes. 39th minute -- VANNEY clears another cross. 40th minute -- OLSEN commits foul on left side of midfield on defensive side of the center line. OLSEN given yellow card. 41st minute -- WYNALDA had breakaway on left side of box, played out for corner. His corner is cleared without a shot. 42nd minute -- POPE suffers foul about 35 yard from goal in middle of field. Free kick awarded. KIROVSKI's kick is blocked by the wall and cleared. 43rd minute -- PALACIOS given yellow card for foul on WYNALDA. 45th minute -- KIROVSKI dribbles into box and the ball is poked away for a corner. LEWIS's corner is punched away by 'keeper. 45th minute -- OLSEN on left side, his low shot skips under a defender's legs, but the 'keeper is there to control the ball. 46th minute -- Halftime substitutions: Alex Von Schwedler for Miguel Ramirez. Harkes for Williams. 48th minute -- U.S. corner. LEWIS to POPE in box. POPE header to OLSEN, he sends the ball into box where KIROVSKI sends a shot wide right. 50th minute -- Foul suffered by OLSEN on right flank. Yellow card for REYES. 51st minute -- Shot wide right from 25 yards by Chile. 55th minute -- FLORES handles ball. RAZOV takes free kick, sends shot right on goal, caught by 'keeper. 55th minute -- WYNALDA's free kick on the left side, just outside penalty area sent into middle of box. LEWIS redirected the ball inside right post with a header. U.S. leads 1-0 on LEWIS's second career international goal. 56th minute -- LASSITER comes on for WYNALDA. 57th minute -- Ball crossed into RIVEROS about 35 yards from goal. He touches to control and send a hard left-footed shot from 30 yards into upper left corner for Chile's first goal. The score is tied, 1-1. 63rd minute -- BROWN suffers foul just outside the U.S. penalty area. 65th minute -- LEWIS crosses to LASSITER inside the six-yard box. LASSITER header over the crossbar. 66th minute -- BROWN commits foul. 66th minute -- Chile substitution: Pedro Gonzalez in for Nario Nunez. 68th minute -- VANNEY commits foul on right side of U.S. defense. Free kick sails through box untouched. Chile briefly held possession on left side, but could not get a shot off. 70th minute -- BROWN commits foul about 35 yards from goal. 70th minute -- U.S. substitution: JONES for OLSEN. 70th minute -- Free kick resulting from BROWN's foul is blocked by the U.S. wall. 71st minute -- VANNEY commits foul near midfield. 71st minute -- LASSITER suffers foul from REYES in midfield. 76th minute -- Chilean shot from close-range on the right side of the box is barely wide left. 77th minute -- LEWIS is given a yellow card. 78th minute -- U.S. substitution: DEERING for KIROVSKI. 79th minute -- Chile's ROZENTAL commits foul on U.S. side of midfield. 80th minute -- Shot by GONZALEZ from 25 yards is wide right. 84th minute -- Chile is called for offside. 85th minute -- Chile substitution: Ricardo Queralto for Rozental. 86th minute -- LASSITER is stunned by ball from close range and is being looked at by trainers. He remains on the field and play resumes. 88th minute -- LEWIS from left side, crosses to far post. JONES, running onto goal meets the ball inside the penalty area at the right post and volleys a shot across the goal mouth into the goal, beating the 'keeper, changing directions. U.S. takes a 2-1 lead. Jones now has 9 goals in 121 appearances. 89th minute -- Chile's shot is high. 90th minute -- Chile threatening, BROWN clears ball over endline for corner. No shot opportunities off ensuing corner. 93rd minute -- Chile corner is volleyed high, over goal.
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