[USA-COLOMBIA] If Bob Bradley is to go four more years at the helm of the U.S. national team, its display in its 0-0 tie
with Colombia Tuesday night at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., is not going to cut. The game was the least entertaining game the Americans have played in recent memory.
The game was everything Saturday's 2-2 tie between the USA and Poland wasn't. It was so bad that the teams combined for only eight shots and neither had a corner kick until the 62nd minute.
Before the game, Bradley said his goal was for the USA to move the ball around, find a rhythm in its attack and be dangerous, but it was anything but in a dismal first half.
Bradley's move to start three holding midfielders -- Maurice Edu, Jermaine Jones in only his second U.S. appearance and son Michael -- was a complete bust as the USA showed little attacking initiative and got nothing out of left winger Brek Shea, playing in his first full international.
The only chance of the first half came to the Colombians in the fourth minute when Michael Bradley's pass to Edu was stolen by Victor Ibarbo, who broke in on goal. Falcao's first attempt was blocked, but Brad Guzan needed to come up with a good save to stop Giovanni Moreno on the rebound.
The second half saw Bob Bradley abandon the 4-3-3 formation in favor of a 4-4-2 formation the Americans used at the 2010 World Cup, and he made five changes.
Eric Lichaj came on at right back and became the first player without any top-level league experience to represent the USA since Landon Donovan debuted a decade ago.
Lichaj showed some promise, sending in a cross for Jozy Altidore's header late in the game for only the second shot Farid Mondragon needed to save.
On the other save, Mondragon stopped Stuart Holden's shot from outside the area.
Like in the 2-2 tie with Poland, Jones was the most enterprising U.S. player, but he was a rare bright spot in a very disappointing game.
The tie extended the USA's winless streak since the World Cup to three games. It has not beaten a South American in its last nine games, dating back to a 3-1 win over Ecuador in Tampa in 2007.
The last 0-0 tie the USA played came against Argentina in June 2008.
The game drew only 8,823 fans, the smallest U.S. crowd at a FIFA-recognized full international in the Northeast in more than 14 years.
Oct. 12 in Chester, Pa.
USA 0 Colombia 0.
USA -- Guzan, Spector (Lichaj, 46), Onyewu (Parkhurst, 46), Goodson, Pearce, Edu (Johnson, 46), Jones, Bradley, Holden (Feilhaber, 59), Altidore, Shea (Dempsey, 46).
Colombia -- Mondragon, Zuniga, Mosquera, Yepes, Valencia, Ibarbo (Cuadrado, 63), Viarfara (Valencia, 63), Restrepo, Ramos (Gutierrez, 73), Moreno (Armero, 81), Garcia (Quintero, 56).
Referee: Roberto Garcia (Mexico).