Scouting Report: Chile brings large foreign contingent for two-game U.S. women's series

The USA plays Chile for the first time women's international competition when they meet Friday night at the StubHub Center in the first game of a two-game series.


Friday in Carson, Calif.: 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Tuesday in San Jose, Calif.: 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UDN.

Chile qualified for the Women's World Cup for the first when it finished second behind Brazil at the 2018 Copa America Femenina it hosted.

La Roja beat Argentina, 4-0, in its final game to take second place and clinch the second berth at the 2019 Women's World Cup from Conmebol. Argentina, which finished third, will face the fourth team from Concacaf in a playoff.

Foreign legion. Chile's 20-player squad includes 10 players based in Spain, where women's clubs are importing more and more players. Defender Carla Guerrero (Rayo Vallecano) and midfielder Francisca Lara (Sevilla) lead all field players with 54 and 47 caps, respectively. Chile has also brought players from Brazil, France and Japan.

U.S. connection. Goalkeeper Christiane Endler attended the University of South Florida. She now plays for Paris St. Germain in France after stints abroad with clubs in England (Chelsea) and Spain (Valencia). Yanara Aedo spent parts of  four seasons with the Washington Spirit and its reserve team but did not play in a NWSL match.

First meeting. Chile will be the 52nd country the U.S. women have faced in full international competition but just the fourth team from South America after Brazil (35 games), Colombia (6) and Argentina (3).

Chile Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Christiane Endler (Paris SG, France), 12-Natalia Campos (Universidad Catolica)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Rocio Soto (Colo Colo), 3-Carla Guerrero (Rayo Vallecano, Spain), 14-Fernanda Pinilla (Cordoba, Spain), 15-Su Helen Galaz (Zaragoza, Spain), 17-Geraldine Leyton (Sporting Huelva, Spain), 18-Camila Saez (Rayo Vallecano, Spain).
MIDFIELDERS (5): 4-Lara, Francisca (Sevilla, Spain), 6-Claudia Soto (Gremio Osasco Audax, Brazil), 8-Karen Araya (Sevilla, Spain), 11-Yesenia Lopez (Sporting Huelva, Spain), 16-Ana Gutierrez (Colo Colo).
FORWARDS (7): 7-Maria Jose Rojas (Orca Kamogawa FC, Japan), 9-Maryorie Hernandez (Palestino), 10-Yanara Aedo (Valencia, Spain), 13-Barbara Santibanez (Sporting Huelva, Spain), 19-Javiera Grez (Curico), 20-Daniela Zamora (U. de Chile), 21-Maria Jose Urrutia (Palestino).

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