In front of a mixed crowd at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the United States Men's National Team fell 1-0 against Colombia to finish fourth in Copa America Centenario. In nine total matches in the tournament, the stars and stripes went 6-3 and played some very good soccer.
The only goal of the match was a cross from James Rodriguez and a connection between Santiago Arias and Carlos Bacca to get past Tim Howard, who was making a surprising start for the red, white and blue. Bobby Wood and Clint Dempsey both had good opportunities before and after the half, but, in what was a common theme for the Americans throughout the entire game, they could not execute and finish chances.
Five minutes into the second half, Clint Dempsey stroked a beautiful free kick into the top right corner of the goal, but was not able to finish after a fantastic save by goalie David Ospina. Can I say it was even Messi-eque? At the hour mark, the United States again had an opportunity to get on the board, as Bobby Wood clanked a shot off the post. Aside from a whiffed shot by Wood in the 83rd minute off a beautiful crosser by Yedlin, the Americans would not get another legitimate chance, and would fall to Colombia.
The USMNT played with a lot more confidence and hung in with one of the better teams in soccer. Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood had fantastic games, as did many of the members of the national squad. Unfortunately, the USA were not able to finish their chances, and Colombia was able to. Tough stuff. Next up, the United States will be on break or return to their domestic club, as these players will not play internationally again until September 2, where World Cup qualifying resumes.
All in all, it was a good showing by the Americans, but a tough way to end the tournament.