Luis Gil scored from a Mario Rodriguez pass in the fifth minute and the U.S. held out for more than an hour before Colombia equalized with a
USA U-23 Player Ratings:
6 Bryan Horvath (Molde/NOR)
Stoned Colombia with two excellent saves before suffering a head injury and departing just before halftime.
4 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
Gave away a penalty kick by pulling on Rafael Santos Borre’s arm and labored to quell the numerous forays into his area. Won a few battles but failed to close down service much too often.
6 Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG)
Very strong in the air and repelled numerous crosses. Blocked several shots. Pushed into midfield a few times to serve accurate passes. Tried a difficult clearance that failed in lead-up to penalty-kick foul.
Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Solid tackling and relentless marking defused many Colombian attacks. He rarely was beaten on the dribble and forced Colombia to play the ball back or take low-percentage shots.
6 Eric Miller (Colorado Rapids)
Won a lot of one-v-one duels in dangerous spots and stopped Andres Roa inside the penalty area as he wound up to shoot.
5 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
Passed well at times but very often lost the ball as the USA tried to get forward with combination play.
6 Emerson Hyndman
Inconsistent on both sides of the ball while playing wide, looked more secure in the middle as he played several threatening passes between the Colombian centerbacks.
6 Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)
Dug into a lot of tackles and played a fairly solid game. Though he won back a few of the balls he gave away, his passing impaired U.S. efforts to keep possession.
6 Luis Gil (Queretaro/MEX)
Giveaways in the middle third forced the USA to scramble several times. Played a few effective balls going forward and scored with a crisp first-time shot after
6 Mario Rodriguez (Borussia M'Gladbach II/GER)
Worked hard as the second forward and shouldered a lot of the defensive load in the second half. Cut back a great ball that Gil finished.
5 Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)
Labored more and more alone up top as the U.S. retreated. Killed some time by running the ball deep into the Colombian half of the field. Hit the crossbar with a spectacular, outside-of-the-foot attempt from distance.
5 Cody Cropper (MK Dons/ENG)
Came off his line to block a ball hit by Harold Preciado from near the byline. Nearly burned when he came too late for a cross but Borre’s header went over the crossbar.
5 Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB
Charged upfield with the ball to relieve pressure a few times, took hits as the U.S. rode out the final minutes.
4 Fatai Alashe (San Jose
Committed a foul and lost a ball in the middle third as he tried to catch up to the pace of the game.
TRIVIA. Parker made his first appearance for the USA since playing for the U-18 national team in 2011.
March 25 in Barranquilla
Colombia 1 USA 1. Goals: Quintero pen. 68; Gil 5.
Colombia -- Bonilla, Palacios, Mina, Sanchez, Borja, Barrios, Leudo (Barrera 32), Renteria (Santos Borre 60), Roa (Nieto 70), Quintero, Preciado.
USA -- Horvath (Cropper 45); Acosta, Miazga, Parker, Miller; Trapp Polster, Hyndman, Gil (Alashe 66); Rodriguez (Kiesewetter 72), Morris.