Colombia Defeats USA 2-0 at the Copa America Centenario on Friday Night
The United States and Columbia kicked off the Copa America Centenario Friday night. Well, more like Colombia kicked it off. The Americans suffered yet another disappointing international defeat losing 2-0. After getting shutout in their home country, analyst and former USA national team player Alexi Lalas vented:
”I’m trying to figure out which player on the US had a good game.”
Los Cafeteros broke through in the 8th minute off a set piece and never looked back. Cristian Zapata scored a goal off a corner kick from Edwin Cardona to put the Colombians ahead early. USA defender Geoff Cameron explained, ”I got picked on the inside.”
In the 41st minute, with the referees allowing Colombia to play the advantage, DeAndre Yedlin turned his back while raising his arms making contact with the ball inside the box. Though USA fans and players may disagree, by rule it was a valid call to whistle the handball. Columbia was rightfully awarded a penalty, which Real Madrid star James Rodriguez converted to take a 2-0 lead.
USA goalkeeper, Brad Guzan, was in compromised positions to stop both goals he allowed. It’s unfair to bash him for a wrong diving guess against one of the world’s top players defending a penalty. 2014 World Cup Tim Howard vs. Belgium couldn’t have stopped those kicks.
James suffered a shoulder injury in the 68th minute and was substituted from the game in the 70th — as Colombia no longer needed his services with the victory already in place.
The Americans had limited chances and outside of Clint Dempsey’s free kick in the 63rd minute, they rarely presented danger to the Colombian keeper. “Clint had a few opportunities and on another day those will go in”, said Cameron. Dempsey also had a threatening attempt sail wide left of the goal earlier in the 35th minute.
The United States had minimal chances and zero goals. Lalas, critical as always, said:
”This does not give you hope the US is headed in the right direction.”
While it was technically a home game for the Americans, there was plenty of yellow in the crowd at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Colombian fan Danny Gomez added insult to injury saying, ”That match looked easier than when I play my friends on the FIFA video game.” The guaro will be flowing freely tonight.
Sadly American soccer continues to embarrass and let us down. The next opportunity to do so is on June 7th.
(Colombia Defeats USA)