On Monday, Chilean Coach Jorge Sampaoli unveiled the list of 18 players from abroad who will participate in the two friendlies scheduled to be played in the United States during the month of September.
The biggest surprise was the inclusion of the 19 year old Chilean-Swiss midfielder Francisco Rodriguez from FC Zurich who is being called up to the Chilean National Team for the first time. His brother, defender Ricardo Rodriguez, played for Switzerland in the World Cup.
The list also includes 16 players who were part of the 2014 World Cup squad in Brazil and Rodrigo Millar, who missed out on the final cut.
1 Claudio Bravo – F. C. Barcelona (Spain)
2 Miiko Albornoz – Hannover 96 (Germany)
3 Mauritius – Queens Park Rangers F.C. (England)
4 Gary Medel – F. C. Internazionale (Italy)
5 Eugenio Mena – Santos F. C. (Brazil)
6 Gonzalo Jara – FSV Mainz (Germany)
7 Charles Aránguiz – Sport Club Internacional (Brazil)
8 Marcelo Díaz – Basel F. C. (Switzerland)
9 Arturo Vidal – Juventus F.C. (Italy)
10 Fabian Orellana – Celta de Vigo (Spain)
11 Eduardo Vargas – S.S.C. Napoli (Italy)
12 Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal F.C. (England)
13 Mauricio Pinilla – CFC Genoa (Italy)
14 Carlos Carmona – Atalanta Calcio (Italy)
15 Francisco Silva – Club Atlético Osasuna (Spain)
16 Rodrigo Millar – Atlas de Guadalajara (Mexico)
17 José Pedro Fuenzalida – Boca Juniors (Argentina)
18 Francisco Rodriguez – F. C. Zürich (Switzerland)
The final roster is expected to include players from local clubs including goalkeepers Johnny Herrera and Cristopher Toselli, defender Jose Rojas, along with Jean Beausejour and Gustavo Canales.
Chile will face Mexico on September 6 in Santa Clara and Haiti on September 9 in Ft. Lauderdale. Tickets for the Chile-Haiti match are on sale now atwww.compreboletos or by calling 877-877-7677877-877-7677. Tickets start at $40.
Those members of the media wishing to cover the Chile-Haiti match at Lockhart Stadium can now apply for media credentials atwww.kicsint.com/mediaform.html. Due to the limited seating in the press box, credentials for this match will be extremely limited. Deadline for applications is Friday, August 29. There will be no exceptions.