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A porous U.S. defense allows Chile to rally in exhibition loss

Chile forward Mark Gonzalez scored the winning goal for his side to beat the United States 3-2 in Rancagua.

The U.S. men's national team began the 2015 campaign much like it finished 2014, with the Americans fading late to fall 3-2 to hosts Chile.

The U.S. twice went ahead in the first half in Wednesday's friendly, with goals from left wing back Brek Shea and striker Jozy Altidore sandwiched around a first-half tally from Roberto Gutierrez. But a stirring fight back, punctuated by a pair of goals from Mark Gonzalez, saw the home side prevail in Rancagua, Chile.

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 By Tim Vickery

Three Chilean veterans given one last chance to shine

Jorge Sampaoli will be in the spotlight this year.

Peru currently have no coach in charge of their national team, and Ecuador have a caretaker. Bolivia and Paraguay have only just appointed. For these four, along with Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, June's Copa America kicks off a new cycle. The teams will play their first competitive matches under their new boss.

Uruguay are still coached by Oscar Washington Tabarez, who has brought on a new generation of players since the World Cup. Colombia, unsurprisingly, have kept faith with Jose Pekerman,...

 By Tim Vickery

U20 championship offers redemption to Brazil and Cristian Cuevas

Brazil, now coached by Alexandre Gallo, left, and Chile's Cristian Cuevas, right, want to prove in the South American under-20 championship how far they've come since the last tournament, held two years ago in Argentina.

Brazil are back in action Thursday, when they play their first match in the South American under-20 championship -- the Selecao's first truly competitive fixture since last year's World Cup debacle.

And it is not only at senior level that Brazil are looking for redemption. Their last under-20 campaign, two years ago, was an unmitigated disaster.

Brazil went into the 2013 tournament as reigning World Champions at the level. But in 2013 in Argentina they did not even qualify for the World Youth Cup....

 By Michael Cox

From full-backs in midfield to diamond formations: Reviewing 2014's tactics

Check out the 10 most memorable moments of 2014 in what was an unforgettable year in football.

Tactically, 2014 was an interesting year for football at both club and international level, with more variety than usual, and some intriguing concepts being popularised -- or re-popularised.

Here's a review of some of the most interesting tactical features of 2014.

Guardiola's full-backs in midfield

It's extremely rare to see players in positions you've never seen before, but Pep Guardiola's use of Philipp Lahm and David Alaba early in 2014 was genuinely revolutionary.

Pep Guardiola has instructed his full-backs to drift into the midfield, a experiment that displayed his willingness to try innovative methods.
 

It was particularly...

 By Tim Vickery

With the Copa America draw now set, the pressure is on for Chile

The 2015 Copa America draw was held on Monday night and the host nation Chile appear to be in a favourable group.

At the draw for next year's Copa America, the point was made by CONMEBOL president Juan Angel Napout that Chile were among the pioneers of the tournament. It is undeniable. Four countries competed in the inaugural version of the competition back in 1916; Uruguay, who won it and have since gone on to win a record 15 titles; Argentina, who have 14; Brazil, who have 8; and Chile, who have none.

In almost a hundred years of history, seven nations have claimed the world's oldest continental crown. Peru,...

How Alexis Sanchez became the Premier League's new Luis Suarez

ESPN FC's Santi Solari and Paul Mariner discuss the similarities between Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez and question if Sanchez can attain the same level of success Suarez achieved in the Premier League.

When Luis Suarez decided to swap Liverpool for Barcelona after yet another tumultuous summer of transfer speculation, the Uruguayan left a yawning gap in quality to be filled in the Premier League. Liverpool have not filled that gap -- not with Mario Balotelli, not with Rickie Lambert, not with Lazar Markovic. However, Arsenal -- for all their defensive problems -- managed to do so with the signing of Chilean Alexis Sanchez for 35 million euros as he departed the Camp Nou.

Anyone who has watched...