USA will make several changes for Tuesday's friendly against Chile

U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter made only two changes in the starting lineup from the first game of the year against Panama to the second game a week later against Costa Rica.

He'll likely make more than two lineup changes on Tuesday when the USA faces Chile in Houston.

“We’ll make some changes against Chile,” Berhalter said after the 1-0 win over Ecuador on Thursday. “It won’t be the same lineup and [it’ll] give other guys an opportunity. And again, continue on [the] theme of using this camp to evaluate what we have.”

-- Tyler Adams, who started on Thursday, left the U.S. camp to rejoin German club RB Leipzig and won't available on Tuesday.

-- There was no update on Weston McKennie's condition following the injured ankle he suffered on Thursday, but he could not walk off the field on his own power, suggesting he won't be in any condition to play on Tuesday. He remained with the team to receive further evaluation.

The USA will have 23 players in Houston. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, who did not dress in Orlando, will rejoin the team on Sunday after playing for FC Dallas on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids. Three other players did not dress on Thursday: defenders Nick Lima and Omar Gonzalez and forward Christian Ramirez.

These are the likely changes on Tuesday:

-- Ethan Horvath in goal for Sean Johnson, who shut out Ecuador in his first start in more than five years;
-- Lima, who started against Panama and Costa Rica, in the hybrid role Adams played on Thursday;
-- Cristian Roldan in place of McKennie in the role of the combo 8/10 he played against Panama and Costa Rica and McKennie played against Ecuador until he was injured;
-- DeAndre Yedlin on the right wing in place of Jordan Morris.
9 comments about "USA will make several changes for Tuesday's friendly against Chile".
  1. Roger Faulkner, March 23, 2019 at 8:16 a.m.

    With the midfield injuries and the lack of creativity against Ecuador there is no excuse for not bringing in Duane Holmes who is havibg a magical season at Derby County.

  2. beautiful game, March 23, 2019 at 10:03 a.m.

    Samo-samo experimentation. Coach B better re-check his own responsibilities which were tactically delinquent in the Ecuador game.

  3. frank schoon, March 23, 2019 at 11:27 a.m.

    Yedlin on the right wing..???? I got a feeling watching Morris running his butt off going backwards to cover for Adam's useless forays, that perhaps he is not really interested in good offensive right wing but a defender to cover Adams...who knows....BG being a former defender, what do you expect?

  4. beautiful game replied, March 23, 2019 at 12:53 p.m.

    IMHO Frank S., coach B should leave Yedlin et al in their comfort zone until he finds a better replacement. His jockeying of players is useless experimentation unless player confidence and efficacy is evident. If a player can't adapt in practice, how can he adapt in game situations. If coach B can't find a replacement for Zardes and Bradley et al, shame on him. I've seen enough of Z to ad nauseam and am convinced that he is not a quality player to wear NT shirt.

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, March 23, 2019 at 1:20 p.m.

    What is needed is more focus on tactical speed and good decision making in selections and less worry about physical speed and strength.

    I watched a bit of the U23 match against Egypt and was disappointed. The U23 hype I hear must be counting on a large influx of senior team players.  

  6. John Soares, March 23, 2019 at 1 p.m.

    I thought many were far too critical of Morris considering his effort (may have put in more miles than anyone else).
    Thank you Frank for agreeing so eloquently:)

  7. Bob Ashpole replied, March 23, 2019 at 1:22 p.m.

    Players having to run a lot is not a sign of high level soccer.

  8. frank schoon replied, March 23, 2019 at 1:25 p.m.

    John, eloquence is my middle name :)   

  9. Wooden Ships replied, March 23, 2019 at 7:55 p.m.

    Elo, for short. 

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