Colombia 5-1 USA (Jun 8, 2024) Game Analysis

The United States men’s national team suffered its heaviest loss in Gregg Berhalter’s time as coach, beaten 5-1 by Colombia at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, Saturday.

The U.S. was down 2-0 inside 19 minutes after goals from Colombia’s Jhon Arias and Rafael Borré in the first of two warmup games for the USMNT ahead of hosting this summer’s Copa América.

Timothy Weah pulled a goal back for the host in what was an improved showing at the start of the second half. But sloppy errors late on helped Colombia run up the score and become the first team since Mexico in the 2009 Gold Cup final to score five goals on the U.S.

Richard Rios, Jorge Carrascal and Luis Sinisterra all beat Matt Turner in the final 13 minutes to inflict the USMNT’s heaviest loss since a defeat to Costa Rica in 2016 that spelled the end for Jurgen Klinsmann’s time as coach.

The result extended Colombia’s undefeated streak to 22 games.

Things will not get any easier for the U.S., with a friendly against five-time World Cup winner Brazil upcoming Wednesday in Orlando. The U.S. begins its Copa América campaign against Bolívia on June 23.


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