Klinsmann Remains Confident After Loss to Colombia
In a tough match on Friday night the United States Men's National Team fell to Colombia 2-0. A score that didn't reflect the intensity of the match. Colombia, favorites to win the tournament this year, came out strong with Jamés Rodriguez leading his side. It was the Cafeteros who would go up early in the first half off a set piece, with defender Cristián Zapata sending it past US keeper Brad Guzan for his first ever international goal. The US showed no signs of giving up, making several runs until an unlucky penalty kick was called against DeAndre Yedlin in the 42nd minute for a handball in the box. Jamés would step to the spot to put his side up by two before the half. While the US came out strong in the second half, the score would remain 2-0.
In a pre-tournament interview USMNT coach Jürgen Klinsmann had expressed his excitement at having the opportunity to kick off the Copa by playing against Colombia, ranked third in the world. Despite the loss Klinsmann remains confident that the US will make it out of the groups, saying he was happy with the way the team played. "There was no difference (between the two teams) besides the two goals."
Next the USMNT head to Chicago to face Costa Rica, currently ranked 23rd in the world, seven spots ahead of the US. Kick off is at 5pm PT on FoxS1. Check out our events page for times and locations of official AOPDX watch parties.
*Cover photo by Graham Green.