The USMNT finished 4th in the Copa Centenario, losing the 3rd-place game to Colombia 1-0. Carlos Bacca slid into the ball and deflected it into the net in the 31st minute for the game’s only goal. Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina recorded the shutout. The USMNT exits the tournament wondering what it takes to score against Colombia, with several strong chances to get a goal. Colombia also had chances to double their lead, with both teams hitting the woodwork in the second-half. Colombia once again wins the 3rd-place game against the host country, their third time in Copa America history (Argentina in 1987 and Ecuador in 1993). It’s the fourth time Colombia has finished in 4th-place at a Copa America tournament.
The USMNT responded to coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s comments to play a more physical game, letting Colombia know there wouldn’t be easy routes to goal. Colombia answered in kind, with the referee letting several incidents go. The cards eventually came out. Colombia’s Santiago Arias picked up a second yellow three minutes into stoppage time for a foul on Michael Orozco. The USMNT also finished a man down, with Orozco seeing red for his response.
Klinsmann made one major change to his lineup, starting Tim Howard in place of Brad Guzan for the consolation game. Klinsmann named Guzan the starting goalkeeper before the Group A opener. Klinsmann subbed on Christian Pulisic for Alejandro Bedoya in the 74th minute and Darlington Nagbe for Michael Bradley in the 79th.
The USMNT closes out the Copa Centenario with no games on the schedule until the September World Cup qualifiers. The USMNT is away to St Vincent and the Grenadines on September 2. They play Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Florida on September 6.
— GAME REPORT —
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: June 25, 2016
Competition: 2016 Copa America Centenario – Third Place Match
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT
Weather: 110 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 0 0
COL 1 0 1
COL – Carlos Bacca (Santiago Arias) 31st minute
USA: 12-Tim Howard; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 14-Michael Orozco; 4-Michael Bradley (capt.) (10-Darlington Nagbe, 79), 13-Jermaine Jones, 11-Alejandro Bedoya (17-Christian Pulisic, 74); 9-Gyasi Zardes, 8-Clint Dempsey, 7-Bobby Wood
Subs not used: 1-Brad Guzan, 3-Steve Birnbaum, 6-John Brooks , 15-Kyle Beckerman, 16-Perry Kitchen, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Edgar Castillo, 22-Ethan Horvath, 23-Fabian Johnson
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
COL: 1-David Ospina; 18-Frank Fabra, 22-Jeison Murillo, 2-Cristian Zapata, 4-Santiago Arias; 5-Guillermo Celis (15-Stegan Medina, 86), 16-Daniel Torres, 10-James Rodriguez, 8-Edwin Cardona, 11-Juan Cuadrado (21-Marlos Moreno, 74); 7-Carlos Bacca (9-Roger Martinez, 79)
Subs not used: 3-Yerry Mina, 6-Carlos Sanchez, 12-Robinson Zapata, 13-Sebastian Perez, 14-Felipe Aguilar, 17-Dayro Moreno, 19-Farid Diaz, 20-Andres Felipe Roa,23-Cristian Bonilla
Head coach: Jose Pekerman
Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 10 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 14 / 13
Offside: 1 / 5
COL – Jeison Murillo (caution) 13th minute
USA – Matt Besler (caution) 22
COL – Juan Cuadrado (caution) 73
USA – Michael Orozco (caution) 87
COL – Santiago Arias (caution) 90+5
COL – Santiago Arias (sent off) 90+5
USA – Michael Orozco (sent off) 90+5
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Sanchez (VEN)
4th Official: Yadel Martinez (CUB)