January 23, 2011

Jeff Larentowicz & U.S. National Team Opens 2011 With 1-1 Draw Against Chile

Carson, Calif. – Former Brown soccer standout Jeff Larentowicz and the U.S. Men's National Team opened 2011 with a 1-1 draw against Chile this afternoon at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Larentowicz, a center midfielder for the Colorado Rapids, started and played the entire game.

Larentowicz, a 2005 graduate of Brown University, received his second call up to the National Team, as he was previously called up in January 2010, but had a knee injury that did not allow his to complete camp. At Brown, he helped the Bears to two Ivy League championships and combined for seven goals and six assists. He was a two-time Second Team NSCAA All-America selection, and a four-time All-Ivy performer.

From the U.S. Soccer website ...

The U.S. Men's National Team opened 2011 with a 1-1 draw against Chile in front of 18,580 fans this evening at The Home Depot Center. The U.S., which started a very young and inexperienced squad, came from behind to earn the draw.

Chile got on the board first in the 53rd minute when Esteban Paredes brought down a cross from Felipe Seymour and struck an impressive shot from close range. The U.S. equalized in the 75th minute after Juan Agudelo was tripped up in the penalty area by the Chilean defense. Teal Bunbury stepped up and buried the penalty kick, slotting it into the lower right corner for the first goal of his national team career.

"From the start of this camp we talked about how international games are faster so our movement needs to be better and things need to be cleaner," said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, who is now 3-1-1 all-time in opening matches of the year as head coach of the MNT. "For the past few weeks we tried to establish an idea of what that's like and today that's exactly what we got. We had seven guys get their first cap tonight, so that's always positive. When you have a young group of guys in camp, at the end of everything you want to put it to the test and it gives you a good picture of where these guys are, and I think that part was excellent."

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