Glendale: Not utterly a feat for a United States. Just a good adequate bid to leave a group feeling improved about itself.
Carlos Bacca flog goalkeeper Tim Howard by shifting to poke in a headed cranky in a 31st minute, and a US finished fourth in a Copa America with a 1-0 improved opposite Colombia on Saturday night.
After losing to Argentina 4-0 in a semifinals, a 31st-ranked US was beaten by No 3 Colombia for a second time in a 16-nation tournament. But a Americans gave a distant improved opening Saturday night.
“We didn’t get played off a representation tonight,” US defender Geoff Cameron said. “If anything, we suspicion we dominated a game. we suspicion we had a lot of chances that we only didn’t put in.”
The US outshot Colombia 10-9 and had 49 percent possession. Bobby Wood came closest to scoring for a US when he strike a post in a 62nd, one notation after Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado strike a underside of a crossbar.
The US matched a prior best finish in a tournament, when it mislaid to Colombia in a 1995 fourth-place diversion during Uruguay.
After a Americans mislaid to Jamaica in a semifinals of final year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and struggled in a semifinal turn of subordinate for a 2018 World Cup, US manager Jurgen Klinsmann was anticipating his group would miscarry in a Copa, when right behind DeAndre Yedlin, defender John Brooks, midfielder Gyasi Zardes and brazen Bobby Wood solidified their positions as unchanging starters, and Brooks and Cameron became a solid pairing in executive defense.
“After 6 weeks being on a highway to lift adult a opening like that in a incomprehensible third-place diversion in a certain way,” Klinsmann said, “I consider they merit a huge, outrageous complement.”
Darlington Nagbe and 17-year-old Christian Pulisic again entered as second-half subs, dual some-more players who could mangle by and reinstate veterans during a remaining 16 months of World Cup qualifying.
Colombia, that never has won a Copa America, finished third for fourth time though initial given 1995. Argentina plays Chile for a pretension on Sunday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Howard pronounced a US group didn’t concede itself to get pushed around like it did opposite Argentina.
“We wish to get in people’s faces,” he said. “One of a strengths is physicality. We weren’t happy with that after a Argentina game, so there was a response tonight. we suspicion that was good.”
Both teams finished a male short, when American defender Michael Orozco and Colombian defender Santiago Arias were ejected for a fight in a third notation of second-half blocking time. Orozco, who also got a red label opposite Nigeria in a 2008 Olympics, was fouled by Arias and responded with a pull to a chest of Arias, who fell over in front of Uruguayan arbitrate Daniel Fedorczuk. Orozco is dangling for a US’s World Cup qualifier during St Vincent and a Grenadines on 2 September.
Klinsmann extrinsic a 37-year-old Howard into his lineup in place of Brad Guzan, who had started a prior 9 games.
“I suspicion we played well,” Howard said. “We positively could have won a game. So a certain performance, and positively a final 4 or 5 weeks have been a step in a right direction.”
Matt Besler was in executive invulnerability instead of Brooks, who was worried by knee inflammation, and Orozco was during left behind since Fabian Johnson has a bruise groin.
Midfielders Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya returned to a lineup along with Wood after a 3 served one-game suspensions.
Colombia scored after Cuadrado, from along a flank, cut a turn behind to James Rodriguez, only outward a chastisement area. Arias done a run to get by Bedoya, and Rodriguez lofted a pass to Arias, who jumped during a corner of a 6-yard box and headed a turn on a rebound opposite Howard’s idea to Bacca. The brazen slid forward of Yedlin to poke a turn in for his 13th general goal, his second of a tournament.
Clint Dempsey, who led a US with 3 goals in a tournament, scarcely scored on a giveaway flog in a 51st minute. Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina dived left and carried his right arm to tip Dempsey’s bid wide.
“It was only one of those days,” Yedlin said. “We got into a box, only zero was descending for us. So we take a positives from this diversion and there were positively a lot of them. we suspicion for how assertive we were being offensively we indeed shielded flattering well. we suspicion we pulpy flattering good and we suspicion altogether it was a good group performance.”