USA-Colombia Olympic Qualifying Playoff Player Ratings

USA-COLOMBIA EXPRESS:
March 29 in Frisco, Texas
USA 1 Colombia 2.  Goals: Own goal 58; Martinez 30, 64.
Red Cards:
USA -- Gil 72, Miazga 90.
Att.:
7,998.
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The Americans’ Olympic dreams were extinguished Tuesday night by Colombia, which overcame an own goal to down the USA, 2-1, in Frisco, Texas.

Roger Martinez scored both goals for Colombia. He netted before and after defender Deiver Machado accidentally headed a wind-blown chip into his own net to briefly tie the game.

The USA finished the match with just nine players following the dismissals of sub midfielder Luis Gil and defender Matt Miazga. Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath pulled off several valiant saves to keep the score close but a 15-4 shot advantage accurately profiled Colombia’s superiority.

Colombia wins the two-game series on aggregate goals, 3-2, and captures the last of 16 places in the men’s soccer tournament.

U.S. Player Ratings
Starters
7 Ethan Horvath (Molde/NOR)
Rio dreams would have been extinguished in the first half if not for him. Sprawled to tip away a point-blank header that seemed to be a certain goal and dove at the feet of Harold Preciado to deny him on the doorstep.

3 Desevio Payne (Groningen/NED)
Ineffective getting forward and erratic defensively. Was substituted after Machado got behind him to set up the winning goal.

3 Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG)
Scuffed clearance set up Colombia’s first goal and a bad giveaway provided a clear chance. Ended a disastrous night with a red card.

4 Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Rescued the U.S. several times with strong tackles and escaped a red card when he stepped on an opponent. Schooled when Martinez eluded him to trap a cross and finish sharply.

3 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
Couldn't contain Andreas Roa and Juan Quintero for most of the game and only rarely effective when pushing into the middle third. 

3 Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)
Did a decent job moving the ball laterally but seldom broke pressure to penetrate the Colombian defense and failed to close down players in dangerous spots. Hit one good cross that was cleared.

3 Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)
Caught ball-watching several times, passed the ball poorly and lost track of Quintero repeatedly.

4 Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG)
Flubbed important touches. Hit a few decent serves including the chip that Machado headed into his own net. Beaten easily when Roa got down the wing to serve cross that produced first Colombian goal.

3 Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX)
Aside from drawing a foul with a slick outside-of-the foot touch, he brought nothing going forward and was subbed at halftime.

5 Mario Rodriguez (Borussia M’Gladbach II/GER)
Gave an honest effort and wriggled free occasionally despite laboring alone much of the time. Worked both flanks to draw a couple of fouls and win a corner kick.

2 Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)
Practically invisible. Failed to hold the ball or test the Colombians the few times he received the ball and spent too much time waiting for the play to reach him instead of taking the initiative a la Rodriguez.

Substitutes
5 Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart II/GER)
Livened up the right flank upon entering the match and lofted a good cross the Colombian keeper failed to handle cleanly.

3 Luis Gil (Queretaro/MEX)
Took a stupid yellow by nicking an opponent while out of bounds and was sent off for a harmless yet foolish flare-up.

4 Khiry Shelton (New York City FC)
Battled for a bouncing ball that caused Colombia a moment of panic but never got his speed into the game. 

TRIVIA. Five Americans – Acosta, Arriola, Hyndman, Miazga, Payne -- and four Colombians – Quintero, Davison Sanchez, Jarlan Barrera, Rafael Santos Borre (who played in the first leg) – faced each other last year at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The Americans won the group match, 1-0, to advance to the round of 16.

March 29 in Frisco, Texas
USA 1 Colombia 2.  Goals: Own goal 58; Martinez 30, 64.
USA -- Horvath; Payne (Gil, 67), Miazga, Parker, Acosta; Trapp, Hyndman, Arriola (Kiesewetter, 46), Polster; Morris (Shelton, 62), Rodriguez.
Colombia -- Bonila; Palacios, Mina, Machado, Sanchez, Preciado (Borja, 46); Barrios, Leudo,  Roa (Gonzalez, 90+1), Quintero (Barrera, 85); Martinez, Celis.
Red Cards: USA -- Gil 72, Miazga 90.
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan).
Att.: 7,998.
19 comments about "USA-Colombia Olympic Qualifying Playoff Player Ratings".
  1. Ric Fonseca, March 30, 2016 at 2:55 a.m.

    Wow! For one of the very first times, I completely agree with Mahoney's assessment and ratings of the US players!
    It was a very truly frustrating game to watch, thinking that my old community college soccer team could've beaten this current U23 team! Seeing them constantly being beaten to the ball, getting beaten off the ball, and finally resorting to fouling the Colombians, I couldn't watch any more and changed the channel, to instead watch the Mexico-Canada game. And then to see the Colombians be more aggressive to the ball, beat the gringuitos to the ball, time and time again, all I could think of is that these guys surely forgot what they may have been taught in ayso or club, or even their PDL teams or MLS teams, and that is to take the game to the opponent, which they did, except this time they took it and gave the game to the Cafeteros!!! Was this the Coach's fault? IMHO, no!!! It was the player's lack of purpose, and Mahoney's assessment of the players is very spot on. At the place I watched the game - btw, there were more people watching the Mex-Can game than there were watching the USA-Col match - those watching the U23 game, couldn't believe their eyes, watching the lack of life and concentration on the US side. What it was was a purely lackadaisical USA side, not worthy. And so, was it the coach's fault? Maybe partly, but it was a collective lack effort of those eleven on the pitch, of putting a complete and solid 90 minute performance as opposed to a half-assed game.

  2. Will G replied, March 30, 2016 at 9:46 a.m.

    You are spot on. We will see dozens of posts below about skill, flair and possession. Last night was not about any of those. We were outworked, simple as. This squad just doesn't have any bite at all and that was the deciding factor.

  3. Wooden Ships, March 30, 2016 at 7:28 a.m.

    Having to play Columbia to qualify wasn't a hopeful prospect to begin with. Columbia played several years older, with more technical abilities, than our overmatched white collar steeped team. Not getting personal, just obvious. Our midfield didn't give us a chance and I lost count of all the stabbing we did. Horvath and Parker were very good. Gil was unfortunately an embarrassment.

  4. Nathaniel Ruby, March 30, 2016 at 8:05 a.m.

    How about Acosta? Did you forget him? I know we finished with 9, but we started with more than 10. :)

  5. Wooden Ships replied, March 30, 2016 at 9:36 a.m.

    I guess I did a little bit. But he didn't make a 10 minute cameo either.

  6. Fetzer Fool, March 30, 2016 at 9:05 a.m.

    Clearly a better Columbia side, but can we find a first touch? How about just a little emotional control mixed with a splash of poise to connect a simple pass? Getting sent off within 10 mins of coming on? Too often we hurt ourselves with lapses. Even Parker, as well as he competed, just prior to the goal in which he did not anticipate Martinez's nice turn, appeared to lose focus turning to the AR to appeal for a call putting him mentally behind the play.

  7. BJ Genovese, March 30, 2016 at 9:24 a.m.

    Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)
    Practically invisible. Failed to hold the ball or test the Colombians the few times he received the ball and spent too much time waiting for the play to reach him instead of taking the initiative a la Rodriguez.
    This is a product of the way we prop players up in the US. If Jordan Morris had a left foot he could have made a couple crosses into the box... or at least made that a goal to try. His coach put him in a position he does not like to play. You could see he was pissed when he came off. Didnt even great the guy subbing him off. He pouted. Thats because hes been handed everything since he went to Sounders academy where his dad is the team doctor. Its come easy for him because everywhere he has played has only demanded that he wait for the ball and then use his strenth and speed to put the ball in. The future of American soccer just showed his weakness last night.

  8. VIC Aguilera replied, March 30, 2016 at 10:37 p.m.

    Should have gone to Germany and maybe learn the fine aspects of the game, not just speed and strength.

  9. beautiful game, March 30, 2016 at 10:01 a.m.

    I'm hearing the same laments and mea culpas after every defeat...soccer IQ is not all there.

  10. Miguel Dedo, March 30, 2016 at 10:08 a.m.

    Attitude? Just before Parker was carded he kicked at a Columbia player who had made a play in front of him. Gil earns a send-off in 10 minutes? With whom were they frustrated? What coach prepares a team in such a way as to allow such indiscipline? After all, it amounts to inattention to what they have to do to win.

  11. Wooden Ships replied, March 30, 2016 at 11:24 a.m.

    I think they were frustrated with themselves, but they have to stay composed to try to get back in it. I realize its easier said than done. They had some moments where they moved it with possession and from that you have opportunities.

  12. Bob Ashpole, March 30, 2016 at 2:09 p.m.

    Conventional wisdom aside, I had no expectation of the USA going through Columbia. The fact that Columbia resorted to diving and feigning injury was actually flattering to the US. As far as mentality goes, apparently someone is confusing violence with mental toughness, which is maintaining focus no matter what and rising to the occasion, always.

  13. Charles Stamos, March 30, 2016 at 2:10 p.m.

    What a disaster! Columbia deserves the aggregate win. Horvath played well in both games. The back four were under attack the whole 180 minutes. Acosta was a mess. His play caused the PK in game 1, and his lack of hustle contributed to the game 2 goals. Parker played well, but one misplay and he's beaten for the goal that loses the Olympic bid. The midfield and attack showed little creativity and individual skill. We strung together 5 passes one time that led to the game 1 goal and 1 shot on goal in two games! Pathetic! Morris, IMO did not play badly, hitting the crossbar in game 1, but was not supported in game 2. He should have stayed on when Shelton came on in the final half, and maybe The USA could have generated some offense. The coaching was horrible. Why was there no prep how to handle the Columbian tactic of baiting you into retaliation? In international games, you figure out how the game is being called and adjust. In game 1, the Turkish ref had control and little theatrics were tolerated. The game 2 Uzbekistan ref lost control in the first half and was carding because of the reaction of players to fouls; Gil stupidly got two cheap yellows and most of the other cards were affected by overacting. Grow up USA, get even by beating your opponent with hustle and tenacity and strong play, not cheap shots. The Columbianos went down like sacks of cement, and there must have been numerous broken bones from the brutal contact...What a waste for our U-23 program!

  14. Jeffrey Organ, March 30, 2016 at 3:27 p.m.

    If there ever was a textbook example of the old adage that the score lied, this was it. I think we could have played for 5 hours and not scored and, even if we had (or the Columbians did for us again), Columbia would have woken up quickly and regained the lead 3 minutes later anyway. The difference in quality, professionalism and toughness between the two teams was staggering.

    There was one specific sequence in the second half where the Columbian right back turned Acosta and came in to play a cross. The Columbians had 3 attacking players lined up like a well designed drill crashing the 6 yard box. Nothing came out of it, but it got me thinking about when and if any U.S. team ever played like this...except maybe against an amateur Caribbean team. We have grown so used to seeing our teams, at all levels, flailing about, scrambling to try and follow attacking players making runs and kicking the ball out of danger routinely that it is depressing when you see how a quality team plays.

    I agree that it is on the players. These were all professional players but they looked like a bad high school team. Matt Doyle from MLS.com pointed out that Herzog made a mistake in trying to play a diamond midfield, without a Number 10 to drive this formation. Maybe he is right, but this doesn't explain getting knocked off of the ball routinely, stupid passes to nowhere, having two defenders get beat by an attacker and all of the other nonsense that defines a completely overmatched team.

  15. Ric Fonseca, March 30, 2016 at 4:22 p.m.

    OH LORDY BE!!! So folks, let us not beat our chest or self-flagelate ourselves in bemoaning this los to C-O-L-O-M-B-I-A, they deserved the win and so let's just show good sportsmanship and with them BUENA SUERTE in Rio! My wife, who saw the game and even taped it, called me at work to lament our lack of energy, spirit, and just plain "ummmph!" as she put it, said that the Colombians are so adept at falling at the slightest feather-like touch and feign injury (not so say there weren't any!) and thus sell the foul to the official! And speaking of the game official, oh my goodness sakes alive, this guy must've been fighting jet lag and as one guy watching the game told me later, he flashed so many cards that it was obvious he lost control of the game from the git-go. And yes, Gil and Parker should've known better, professionals they purport themselves to be, to many of us it is lack of self control. They should've known about the Colombian's penchant to make them react, in fact I betcha one-to-ten that they were told to do so, although there wasn't much coaching by their coach to do so as it is in their soccer-DNA to get control of the game at all cost. As for Morris, yes, he's been handed a lot of his chances on a silver platter, since he knows people in high places, yet as we all know now, he didn't impress, even if we will pontificate that he didn't have a suitable team mate up front. All I can say, is que lastima! now the US U23s will have to watch the games from home, that is if they're not back to their rec teams, I mean MLS teams, or if they have the re$ources to hop a flight to Rio and see the COLOMBIANOS play.

  16. beautiful game, March 30, 2016 at 5:57 p.m.

    Fingers should be pointed at the USSF which needs to designate the youth development training venues and finance them with a multi-million $ budget. If its the MLS development system finance it. I remember the high hopes for youth developmentt in the 70s & 80s when the Dutchmasters came to America. What happened?

  17. Kevin Leahy, March 30, 2016 at 8:25 p.m.

    It was men against boys!

  18. Jogo Bonito, March 31, 2016 at 12:10 a.m.

    We many quality players in the US. The problem is that we have a federation that completely does not get it. I'll bet the people commenting here have coached more games that Andy Herzog. How the hell is this guy coaching our U23s?? Ok he's friends with Klinnsman and he was a pro. How does anyone at US Soccer justify putting a man in charge that has never head coached a team? Now I hear we have Brad Friedel head coaching a youth national team?? Really? Ever hear this guy talk? How the hell does Sunil allow this? Who picked that U23 team? They were clumsy ... They were Unorganized ... They were lost. Another Olympic disaster .. I know Olympics are no big deal, but it's embarrassing that we can't ever qualify with all the $$$ and academies and large numbers of quality players we have hear in the US ... US Soccer needs a takeover much like FIFA

  19. Ric Fonseca, March 31, 2016 at 4:01 p.m.

    Well said Jogo Bonito! Hey didn't Brad Friedel's team recently get schooled? My quess is that Friedel got selected is perhaps "someone felt that by playing in the EPL for several years< and then probably got his FA coaching licenses that he'd be a shoe in for a head coaching gig? Not nepotism, of course, but favoritism within some coaching ranks! As for Herzog, auf widersehen, buddy!

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