U.S. SOCCER: Colombia trounces U.S. U-20s

The U.S. U-20 national team suffered a 6-3 loss to fellow World Youth Championship qualifier Colombia on Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Edixon Perea notched a first-half hat trick to give the Colombians a 3-0 halftime lead. Knox Cameron tallied twice for the Americans in the second half. CameronÆs second strike narrowed the U.S. deficit to one goal until Victor Montana scored his first of two one minute later.

The Colombians arrived in Florida after having to appeal the U.S. EmbassyÆs original decision to deny entry visas to 17 of their 20 players.

Cameron drew a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, but Colombian goalkeeper Hector Fabio Landazuri saved on Mike MageeÆs effort. Cristian Marrugo gave Colombia a 4-0 before the Americans scored through Cameron in the 69th minute.

Rongen rested starters Bobby Convey and C.J. Klaas because they sustained minor injuries in a scrimmage on Saturday.

The USA meets Colombia again on Wednesday before traveling to Portugal for the Madiera International Tournament.


Feb. 24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

USA 3 Colombia 6

Goals: Cameron 69, Clark 84, Cameron 85; Perea 5, Perea 39, Perea 44, Marrugo 64, Montana 86, Montana 92+.

USA -- Cronin, Harvey (Moose, 77), Cochrane, Marshall (Moor, 46), Stone (Grabavoy, 77), Pearce, Mapp, Clark, Barclay, Magee, Johnson (Cameron, 46).

Colombia -- Landazuri (Gil, 67, De La Cuesta, A.F.Gonzalez, Fawcett, A.Gonzalez, Avimiled (Ramirez, 69), Abel (8- Lopez, 83), Acosta (Castrillon, 67), Anchico (Araujo, 46), Marrugo (Montana, 77), Perea.

Yellow cards: USA -- Harvey 52, Barclay 67, Barclay 90. COL -- Abel 21, Avimiled 30, De La Cuesta 55.

Red Cards: USA -- Barclay 90.

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