[NTC INVITATIONAL] Andrija Novakovich
came off the bench to score the tying and winning goals as the U.S. under-20 national team opened play at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational with a 2-1 win over Chile.
Novakovich and Pfeffer combined to tie the score at 1-1 in 65th minute, just two minutes after subbing on together. Novakovich, who recently joined English club Reading, scored on a header off
Pfeffer's free kick past Chile goalkeeper Brayan Cortes
The U.S. took the 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute when Pfeffer, who plays for the Philadelphia
Union, finished a cross by Paul Arriola
from the right side into the lower left corner of the goal.
Chile's goal was scored by Cristian Cuevas
in the 22nd minute following an errant clearance by U.S. keeper Santiago Castano
chances for the USA came in the first half off free kicks by French-based Romain Gall
and Fernando Arce
, one of three
players from Mexico's Tijuana along with Arriola and John Requejo
The USA continues play in the NTC Invitational on Wednesday against Bermuda,
which fell to Australia, 4-1. July 14 in Carson, Calif. USA 2 Chile 1.
Goals: Novakovich 65, Pfeffer 73;
Cuevas 22. USA --
Castano; Requejo, Amick, Donovan, Moore; Gall (Pfeffer, 63), Canouse, Arce, Arriola (Delgado, 74); Gooch (Hayes, 83), Lopez (Novakovich,
63) Chile --
Cortes; Rodriguez, Vegas, Kuscevic (Echeverria, 46), Jeraldino, Cuevas (Reyes, 79), Pavez, Carvallo (Medel, 63), Dias (Pardo, 63), Fuentes
(Cerezo, 79), Diaz