Originally created 02/22/99

United States 2, Chile 1



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ben Olsen and Eddie Lewis scored second-half goals as the United States beat Chile 2-1 Sunday to remain unbeaten under coach Bruce Arena.

Lewis broke a 1-1 tie in the 65th minute with a shot that deflected off Chilean defender Pablo Contreras. That came just one minute after Chile's Roberto Cartes had tied the game with a left-footed blast from about 32 yards out.

Olsen, who played for Arena last season at D.C. United, scored the game's opening goal in the 58th minute in a match played before 14,896 fans at Lockhart Stadium.

The United States now has won twice and tied twice since Arena took over the national team last October. Sunday's lineup included just four players from the squad that beat Germany 3-0 two weeks ago in Jacksonville.

Chile coach Nelson Acosta fielded a team featuring six players getting their first international start. The best of the group was 20-year-old midfielder David Pizzaro, who nearly caught U.S. goalkeeper Zach Thornton napping in the second minute with a 40-yard blast that forced a diving save.

The first half was remarkable only for the five yellow cards handed out by Mexican referee Pascal Rebolledo.

The Americans nearly took the lead in the 54th minute, but Brian McBride's volley from 12 yards was punched over the bar by goalkeeper Marcelo Ramirez.

Olsen's goal broke the deadlock after a flurry of U.S. pressure in the Chilean end. McBride held off Chile defender Francisco Rojas and found Olsen with a short cross in center of the penalty area.

Cartes' equalizer six minutes later broke a 335-minute shutout streak for the Americans under Arena. But less than a minute later, Lewis one-timed a McBride pass that deflected off Contreras into the Chilean net.