“There was no difference [between the two teams], besides the two goals.”-USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann
The USMNT struggled to put up any real chances tonight in the opener of the Copa America Centenario on home soil. Klinsmann’s men dressed in red, white, and blue came out and gave Colombia few opportunities, but also failed to create any themselves. Klinsmann’s post game comments left much to be desired from the German born coach. There is a lack of passion and desire, and as an USMNT fan I am disappointed in the lack of fight the USMNT put up. Although Colombia is ranked #3 in the world, USMNT fans have every right to be bothered. We didn’t all expect a winning result, but when facing tough opposition the American team has always managed to grind out results with that classic American grit.
1. USMNT Starting XI
The USMNT rolled out in a solid looking 4-3-3, with probably our most solid looking defense in the Klinsmann era. John Brooks was an instrumental part to the game, leading the back line. Jermaine Jones played in a more attacking position like he has been playing with the Colorado Rapids. DeAndre Yedlin had a solid game but was sadly called on a handball in the 18 yard box that led to James Rodriguez scoring off a penalty in the first half.
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Other than that, the USMNT started the first half not too cold and not to hot, but not right either. The energy seemed to be lacking and it resulted in a corner kick finish by Zapata, AC Milan/Colombia center back. Lets just say… Cameron could have marked him easily to prevent the easy finish.
2. Second Half Woes
The second half brought chances on goal for Klinsmann’s men, but it wasn’t enough for the USMNT or the 67k fans at sold out Levi’s Stadium. Colombia sat back, controlled possession, and played off the counter all night. The USMNT seemed to have much time on the ball, but mostly meaningless backwards soccer. The USMNT’s Clint Dempsey got a powerful header on target of a Bradley corner but it was saved off the line by a Colombia defender. Then, Dempsey had a great curling free kick saved by David Ospina. It was destined for the top, but just wasn’t meant to be. If it wasn’t for Dempsey the USMNT would not have had much going for them tonight. They should have been punished again late in the second half by Carlos Bacca, who hit the crossbar on a 1v1 breakaway with Brad Guzan. Just as slowly as the USMNT started the game, it ended. Lackluster performance from our boys in red, white, and blue and some individual performances need to be looked over again.
Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood were both expected to contribute more but did not manage to make anything on the attacking side of the ball. Coach Klinsmann put on Nagbe and Pulisic on too late to make a change, as I can barely recall them getting many touches on the ball in the last quarter of the match.
Well, that was that. A dominant Colombia performance or a slow USMNT side, you let us know in the comments.
As Yedlin says, we must switch the focus onto the next three points against Costa Rica. Your move Mr.Klinsmann & Co. America is watching.