IN THE GAME U.S. clipped by Colombia in third-place contest
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The U.S. national team lost to Colombia for the second time in Copa America Centenario, dropping a 1-0 decision in the third-place game at University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday night.
Carlos Bacca’s 31st-minute sliding finish of a Santiago Arias header made the difference, the sequence starting with a lofted pass from James Rodriguez.
The U.S., coming off a decisive 4-0 semifinal defeat against Argentina, regained its composure as Alejandro Bedoya, Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood returned from suspension. Colombia defeated the U.S., 2-0, in the tournament opener June 3, but the U.S. recovered to win Group A, then defeat Ecuador in the quarterfinals.
After appearing helpless against the Argentines, the U.S. was able to stay with the Cafeteros for much of this game, also an improvement on the team's tournament-opening performance.
The U.S. rallied in the second half. Clint Dempsey’s 51st-minute free kick was knocked over the bar by David Ospina. Then, seconds after Juan Cuadrado chipped Tim Howard, the shot bouncing off the crossbar, Wood hit the right post from close range.
In the 90th minute, U.S. defender Michael Orozco was shown a straight red card by Uruguay referee Daniel Fedorczuk after raising a hand to Arias’ face. Arias was also ejected, receiving a second caution.
Just before the final whistle, Rodriguez broke in on the right, his shot hitting the side netting.
The U.S. fell to 4-12-3 against Colombia all-time and is winless in four Copa America games against the Cafeteros.