8 Zack Steffen (Freiburg/GER)
After no first-half tests, he dived to bat the ball away from the feet of Jarlan Barrera within seconds of the second-half kickoff. Five minutes later, he thwarted Steve Lucumi. And he became a hero when his right hand stopped Barrera’s PK.
6 Desevio Payne (FC Groningen/NED)
Smothered Colombia’s final foray in second-half stoppage time to cap an evening in which he looked shaky at times but never allowed a major opportunity from the Colombians’ left flank.
8 Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls)
Blocked shots and intercepted high and low through balls.
8 Cameron Carter-Vickers
Same as central partner Miazga, kept Los Cafeteros from turning midfield possession into penetration.
2 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
Cautioned for pulling down Rodin Quinones in the first half, was ejected for his second yellow of the game (third of the tournament) for wrestling with Quinones and causing the PK that Steffen saved to preserve the victory.
6 Marky Delgado (Toronto FC)
Defensive midfielder struggled like the rest of the U.S. midfield in the first half but began winning more balls in second half -- and gets credit for helping out the center backs.
6 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG)
He nodded on the high ball that led to the U.S. goal. In the second half, started linking the backline to the attack enough to break the rhythm the Colombians had established in the first half.
6 Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal/ENG)
Didn’t put his stamp on the game in true playmaker fashion, but he did create some attacks and drew several fouls for free kicks that helped the USA put pressure on the Colombian defense.
Took the shot that deflected to Rubin for the game-winning finish. Blocked with his head a powerful shot bound for the U.S. goal to preserve the lead.
nr Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy)
Injured shortly after kickoff in a bad fall.
7 Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht/NED)
Was often beaten off the ball by powerful Colombian defenders like Davinson Sanchez but kept battling and when he broke free, he struck the USA’s biggest goal of the tournament.
6 Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake)
Replaced striker Jamieson but roamed in midfield. Hit the pass that created the best U.S. first-half chance, a shot that Zelalem hit weakly.
nr John Requejo (Tijuana/MEX)
Came on the 84th minute and helped thwart Colombians’ late efforts.
nr Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
Entered in 87th minute and did his part by intercepting a pass headed to the Colombian frontline.
(1=low; 5=average; 10=high)
June 10 in Wellington
USA 1 Colombia 0. Goal: Rubin 58.
USA -- Steffen, Payne, Miazga, Carter-Vickers, Acosta, Delgado, Hyndman, Zelalem (Thompson 87), Arriola (Requejo 84), Jamieson (Allen 11), Rubin.
Colombia -- Montero; Angulo, Sanchez. Quintero, Tello; R.Quinones, Barrera, Zapata (Joao 71), Gutierrez (D.Quinones 60), Lucumi (Ibarguen 64); Borre.
Red Card: USA -- Acosta 81.
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia).
TRIVIA: The win over Colombia marks the USA’s fourth straight win over South American opponents at the U-20 World Cup: Argentina (1-0) in 2005, Brazil (2-1) and Uruguay (2-1) in 2007.