October 12, 2010
By Michael Lewis
U.S., Colombia in scoreless tie
CHESTER, Pa. -- In a game in which there were just a handful of scoring opportunities, the U.S. and Colombia played to a scoreless draw in their international friendly at PPL Park on Tuesday night.
|U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu battles Colombia's Falcao Garcia in the first half of Tuesday's scoreless draw at PPL Park.
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Striker Jozy Altidore had the U.S.'s best chance as his header off an Eric Lichaj right-wing cross was caught by goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon in the 86th minute.
The U.S. started out in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Maurice Edu playing in front of the backline and Altidore the lone striker.
With the match barely three minutes old, Michael Bradley's unforced error at midfield almost cost the Americans a goal. While dribbling up field, Bradley tried a short pass to Edu with two Colombian players converging on the midfielder. A Colombian player got to the ball and started a three-on-two break in which goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a save on Falcao Garcia.
The Americans, meanwhile, could not get anything pieced together in the first half. Either Altidore was called for a foul in the Colombian third or the hosts wound up offside.
On the other side of the pitch, the Colombians tried to push three men forward, usually Giovanni Moreno, Adrian Ramos and Garcia. However, with little or no support, the visitors' attacking players tried to run through the U.S. defense, some times going one on three. More often than not, they lost the ball.
U.S. coach Bob Bradley made four changes at halftime. He replaced defenders Oguchi Onyewu and Jonathan Spector with Michael Parkhurst and Eric Lichaj, midfielder Maurice Edu with Clint Dempsey and Brek Shea with Eddie Johnson.
A starter, midfielder Stuart Holden finally put the Americans' first shot on goal in the 53rd minute as he sent a one-bouncer from outside the penalty area to Mondragon.