Report: USA vs. Chile in January

Bielsa for Chile

According to a Chilean report, Marcelo Bielsa will be bringing La Roja to Carson, CA to face the States (and attendees of January Camp) on the weekend of January 23rd, 2011.

Will 21-year-old Alexis Sanchez make the trip for the Chileans? Probably not, but it’s possible.

Maybe Marcelo and Coach Sweats can sit down and discuss, oh I don’t know…formations?

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ryan R. on 2010/09/26 at 2:37 PM

    I think I mentioned this before, but Bielsa is one of the guys I’d have loved us to at least inquire about after the World Cup. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d rather stick with Chile then coach the US, but he’s a guy we should have reached out to before even considering Bobbo or Klinsmann.

    As for this potential match, Chile would be without some top players who are with European clubs, but a big chunk of their team plays in Chile and would be more than enough to put a pretty good whoopin’ on our Camp Cupcake team.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/09/26 at 2:40 PM

      Plus Sweden has fallen internationally…and Honduras didn’t draw the Yanks’ crowd last time.

      On Bielsa (or any dynamic coach), they need to be locked in for at least four years to make their systems, methods show results beyond just the World Cup tourney. But he’d be–another–good candidate.

      Thanks for sending us the info.


  2. Posted by Nick R on 2010/09/26 at 3:48 PM

    Would be a great matchup for the US, even if Chile doesn’t bring their foreign-based players. (They won’t, it’s not a FIFA date.) The Chilean league is out of season then, though, so the top domestic players will come, and that’s generally a good batch of role players and up-and-comers on the national team, Esteban Paredes at Colo Colo is probably the best known. Also, from my brief time living/following soccer in Chile I’ll add that Radio Cooperativa is usually a reliable source. El Mercurio, Chile’s biggest newspaper also mentions it.

    Also just want to say, long time reader, first comment. Keep up the good work!


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