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.
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
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.
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
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.
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