Santiago, Chile (November 18, 2023) – The U.S. men’s cerebral palsy (CP) national team opened the 2023 Parapan American Games with a convincing 4-2 win over host Chile in front of a lively crowd at the Estadio Bicentenario de la Florida in Santiago on Saturday afternoon. Two goals from forward Cameron DeLillo and one from Jacob Kaplan put the USA up 3–0 at halftime, and Shea Hammond helped extend the lead in the second half.
Including the seven most experienced players on the roster to face the host nation, the United States provided some long-range shots that goalkeeper Sean Boyle controlled before being easily handled. Defender Adam Ballou saw a shot go wide left, and midfielder Josh Bruynes was denied by Chile goalkeeper Hector García, who made several strong saves on the day.
The USA made the breakthrough on the quarter hour when midfielder Ben Lindau took a ball on the right endline and delivered a pass across goal to DeLillo, who calmly set his right and passed the ball to Garcia for the opening goal .
DeLillo then made a similar play on the endline, drawing the goalkeeper before releasing the ball back through traffic. Kaplan had a good hit that was blocked by a defender at the goalmouth, the ball coming back to Kaplan and putting it into the back of the net from 10 yards.
DeLillo then combined with Ballou in stoppage time to head across goal, this time from the left, and beat the ‘keeper from a tight angle in his second game of the day.
Bruynes was replaced by Shea Hammond at halftime and defender Drew Bremner took the armband. After the whistle, Bremner sent a nice diagonal ball into the area from the back left, which Kaplan found, but could not be caught by the impressive goalkeeper.
Chile captain Patricio Saavedra gave his team the lead in the 38th minute with a well-taken finish from 18 yards, while García made consistent saves from a Hammond breakaway to keep his side in the lead.
However, Hammond’s hard work paid off with 15 minutes remaining when Bremner cleared a through ball which was mistimed by the goalkeeper, leaving Hammond alone in front of goal.
Chile’s Darwin Diaz converted a stoppage time penalty kick to close out the scoring after a foul on Boyle.
The USA will play Argentina in its second group game on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Argentina lost its first game to Brazil 2–1.
- DeLillo continued his hot streak in Parapan games, leading Peru in the 2019 tournament with nine goals.
- Kaplan’s only other goal was against Colombia in the 2018 Copa American in Ecuador.
- Hammond’s goal was his 12th at international level and his second of 2023, after scoring in a friendly against Australia in Sydney in January.
, We. Men’s CP National Team Match Report-
match: United States Men’s CP National Team vs. chili
date: 18 November 2023
Competition: parapan american games
venue: Florida Bicentennial Stadium
launch: 12:30 PM ET
Season: 68 degrees; cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
usa 3 1 4
chi 0 2 2
USA – Cameron DeLillo (Ben Lindau) 16
USA – Jacob Kaplan 22
USA – Cameron DeLillo(Adam Ballou) 30+1
CHI – Patricio Saavedra 38
USA – Shea Hammond (Drew Bremner) 44
CHI – Darwin Diaz (penalty) 60+3
Use: 1-Sean Boyle, 7-Adam Ballou, 8-Drew Bremner, 13-Josh Brunois (captain) (14-Shea Hammond, 31), 6-Jacob Kaplan, 10-Ben Lindau, 9-Cameron DeLillo (3-Jacob Crumbly ) , 51)
Substitutes: 12-Mark Estrella, 2-Frankie Lowry, 4-Wes Pincin, 5-John Sullivan, 11-Kevin McCandlish
Head Coach: Stuart Sharp
chi, 12-Hector Garcia, 2-Cristian del Pino, 6-Alexis Pavez (3-Oscar Palma, 31), 7-Darwin Diaz, 9-Sebastian Borquez (13-Jairo Gonzalez, 55), 10-Bastian Velasquez (14-Thomas ) Valenzuela, 31), 11-Patricio Saavedra (8-Leonel Guzman, 47)
Substitutes: 1-Christian Tsangas, 6-Timothy Blows, 8-Riley Stubbing, 9-Luke Launder, 14-Augustine Murphy, 15-Noah Bremner-Bell, 16-Joshua Beekes, 18-Christian Bitsikas
Head Coach: Sonny Riquelme
Statistics Summary: USA/CHI
Shots on goal: 16/8
Corner Kicks: 6/4
USA – Shea Hammond (Caution) 42
USA – Cameron DeLillo (Caution) 43
CHI – Cristian Del Pino (Caution) 51
USA – Sean Boyle (caution) 60+2
Referee: Dario Rojas (ARG)
Assistant Referee: Daniel Irrazábal (CHI)
Assistant Referee: Saori James (VEN)
Fourth official: Jose Juan (CHI)