USA-COLOMBIA EXPRESS: June 3 in Santa Clara, Calif. USA 0, Colombia 2.
Goals: Zapata 8, Rodriguez pen. 42.
The USA fell on its face in front of a sellout crowd at Levi’s Stadium in the Copa America Centenario opener, conceding two goals in the first half and
struggling to match Colombia for skill and energy in a 2-0 game that wasn’t that close. Clint Dempsey
had two good chances for the USA, but Colombia would have had a third goal but for
the crossbar that repelled Carlos Bacca
's blast. USA Player Ratings: Starters 6 Brad
Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), 46/0.
Saved the shots he should have, had no chance on the goals, raced outside his penalty area to kick clear a dangerous ball played over the top.
3 DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland/ENG), 35/0.
Overrun by Edwin Cardona numerous times, rarely prevailed in physical duels, and didn’t do much offensively. Unlucky to be called for
handling when a cross struck his trailing arm as he turned away from the ball. 4 Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), 41/4.
Lost the mark on Cristian Zapata when Colombia scored
in the eighth minute and got spun around by Cardona, but rescued the U.S. on several occasions by tracking back to cut off passes and win tackles. 3 John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER),
Delivered a couple of crunching tackles that could have been cautions. Very slow and hesitant at critical moments, tried to use muscle on quicker, savvier players at inopportune times.
Gave the referee stick on multiple occasions. 3 Fabian Johnson (Borussia M'Gladbach/GER), 44/2.
Outclassed by Juan Cuadrado and took up bad positions repeatedly when
confronted by rather simple situations. Got to the back post to reach a deep cross from Yedlin that led to a shot that was blocked. 3 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), 116/15.
Ran blindly into double-teams and committed several fouls, not all of them called, trying to get the ball back. Only hit one or two good deliveries on set plays. Volleyed wide left-footed from
about 20 yards. Argued with the referee several times. 4 Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), 61/3.
Came off the field disgruntled at the team’s disjointed play, to which
he contributed significantly. Chased James Rodriguez in desperation and almost never anticipated moves correctly. Headed a free kick well wide of goal when a centering ball made more sense. 3 Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), 49/2.
Looked lost in the first half making runs his teammates ignored. Got on the ball more in the second half and prodded a pass that Dempsey shot
wide and pushed back the Colombian defenders by dribbling up the right side, but horribly shanked a volley shortly before being substituted. 4 Bobby Wood (Union Berlin/GER), 20/5.
Worked hard and drew a couple of fouls without posing serious threats. Victimized at times by poor passes just out of his reach and lacked the touch and guile to evade tacklers one-v-one.
4 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), 26/5.
Aside from a slick spin move that set up a chance for Dempsey and a nice pass to Wood incorrectly ruled offside, Zardes regressed from his
excellent effort against Bolivia. He drifted inside once he figured out Colombia had the measure of his speed but rarely got the ball in a good spot. 5 Clint Dempsey (Seattle
Flattened several times by hard fouls, hit a free kick into the wall. But had header saved off line and forced a great save with a blast that was arrowing toward the top
corner. Shot wide when set up by Bedoya, took a close-range attempt that was deflected for a corner kick.
Substitutes 4 Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER) 4/0.
Evaded a few opponents on his rare forays but didn’t get enough touches to figure things out. 4 Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), 8/1.
Needed more of the
ball, won a free kick in the final minutes the Americans wasted. NR Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), 36/4.
Late cameo. June 3 in Santa Clara, Calif. USA 0, Colombia 2.
Rodriguez pen. 42. USA –
Guzan; Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks,
Johnson, Bradley, Jones (Nagbe, 66), Bedoya (Zusi, 86), Zardes, Dempsey, Wood (Pulisic, 65). Colombia
– Ospina; Arias, Zapata, Murillo, Diaz, Perez (Sanchez, 86), Torres, Cuadrado,
Rodriguez (Celis, 73), Cardona, Bacca (Moreno, 88). Referee:
Roberto Garcia (Mexico). Att