Brandon Vazquez, who had also scored in the 2-2 tie with Croatia, gave the USA a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. He poked the ball past goalkeeper Zacarias Lopez from 10 yards after Luca de la Torre’s pass deflected into Vazquez’s path off Chilean defender Simon Ramirez.
The Chileans replied 10 minutes later with a 14-yard shot from Marcelo Allende, who pounced on a misplayed ball from Tyler Adams and hammered a ball that deflected off the leg of Danny Barbir into the net.
When Gabriel Mazuela made it 2-1 in the 52nd minute, he used his hands while on the ground to bat the ball away from U.S. keeper Will Pulisic, also on the grass, before jumping up and shooting into an open net from close.
But there was no questioning the brilliance of Chile’s third goal, a curling shot from 16 yards into the top corner from Gonzalo Jara after faking out Tanner Dieterich. Camilo Mora made it 4-1 in stoppage time, handing the USA its worst loss at the U-17 World Cup in group play since falling, 4-0, to Oman in 1997.
"Of course we are disappointed by the result and the elimination," said U.S. coach Williams. "We played a decent first half, but once again we committed defensive mistakes, like not clearing the ball in the first goal, and at this level you pay for that. Their second goal was too soon in the second half, and from then on we did the changes necessary in order to get that point that would have given us a slim chance, and we left spaces on the back. Give credit to Chile, they did what they needed and in the end deserved the victory."
This U.S. team is the first to exit in the group play since 2001. (Williams failed to qualify the USA for the 2013 U-17 World Cup.)
Croatia beat Nigeria, 2-1, to finish second in Group A. Chile’s third-place finish with four points should see it advance to the knockout stage.
Oct. 23 in Vina del Mar
Chile 4 USA 1. Goals: Allende 20, Mazuela 52, Jara 86, Moya 93+; Vazquez 10.
Chile – Lopez, Ramirez, Monilla, Reyes (Diaz, 46), Saavedra, Y.Leiva, Mazuela, Allende, Moya, Melendez, B.Leiva (Jara, 67).
USA -- W.Pulisic, Adams, Arellano, Barbir (Gallardo, 61), Nelson (Wright, 76), Dieterich, C.Pulisic, de la Torre (Perez, 69), Zendejas, Calvillo, Vasquez.
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
PTS TEAM W-T-L GD
6 Nigeria 2-0-1 +5
5 Croatia 1-2-0 +1
4 Chile 1-1-1 -1
1 USA 0-1-2 -5