The United States Men’s National Team continues its Kickoff Series with a test against Colombia. This young U.S. team is joined by veterans Michael Bradley and Brad Guzan against yet another top team in the world.
Joining Bradley and Guzan were originally other high profile players — Tyler Adams, Christian Pulisic, and Weston McKennie. However, all three got injured and Marky Delgado and Fafa Picault were added to the roster as replacements. The injuries to these three come at a bad time — as can be said about most injuries — because Adams, Pulisic, and McKennie all will play vital parts in the USMNT picture moving forward and need this time to gain chemistry with the rest of the team.
Colombia has dominated the all-time series and the U.S. is just 3-13-3 in 19 games, and winless in the last five matches dating back to 2007. The last match was on June 25, 2016 in the Copa America third-place match. Five Americans on this team were part of that squad that lost 1-0 — DeAndre Yedlin, Bradley, Guzan, Ethan Horvath, and John Brooks. Of the five, only Bradley and Yedlin saw game action.
Yedlin started and played the full 90, as will probably be the same situation tonight. Bradley captained that match, as is also expected to do so tonight, but played 79 minutes before making way for Darlington Nagbe. Pulisic played 74 minutes in that match and likely would’ve played the full 90 tonight if not for his injury.
Carlos Bacca scored the lone goal in that third-place match and is back in action tonight. The U.S. will need to keep a close eye on the striker. Of course, the biggest threat that Colombia has is James Rodriguez. With the attacking power that the Colombians possess, the U.S. will most likely deploy the same strategy that Dave Sarachan has gone with the past few games — sit back and defend, and choose carefully when to strike forward.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 58/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL;2/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 5/0).
Defenders: John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 34/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 0/0), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; 5/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Matt Miazga (Nantes/FRA; 9/1), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; 4/0), Ben Sweat (New York City FC; 0/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 54/0).
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 19/1), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland/DEN; 0/0), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 140/17), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC/CAN; 3/0), Julian Green (Greuther Fürth/GER; 12/4), Fafa Picault (Philadelphia Union; 1/0), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 2/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 5/1).
Forwards: Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard/NED; 2/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 3/1), Bobby Wood (Hannover 96/GER; 41/12).
Goalkeepers: Álvaro Montero (Tolima; 0/0), David Ospina (Napoli/ITA; 92/0).
Defenders: Felipe Aguilar (Atlético Nacional; 3/0), Santiago Arias (Atlético Madrid/ESP; 46/0), Cristian Borja (Toluca/MEX; 1/0), Deiver Machado (Atlético Nacional; 1/0) Jeison Murillo (Valencia/ESP; 26/1), Óscar Murillo (Pachuca/MEX; 14/0), Helibelton Palacios (Atlético Nacional; 3/0), Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG; 15/0).
Midfieders: Wílmar Barrios (Boca Juniors/ARG; 15/0), Edwin Cardona (Boca Juniors/ARG; 31/5), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus/ITA; 76/8), Didier Moreno (Deportivo La Coruña/ESP; 0/0), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate/ARG; 20/3), Juan Daniel Roa (Indendiente Santa Fe; 0/0), James Rodríguez (Bayern Munich/GER; 66/21), Mateus Uribe (Club América/MEX; 13/0), Sebastián Villa (Boca Juniors/ARG; 2/0).
Forwards: Carlos Bacca (Villarreal/ESP; 50/14), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras/BRA; 8/2), Yimmi Chará (Atlético Mineiro/BRA; 8/1), Radamel Falcao (Monaco/FRA; 79/31), Cucho Hernández (Huesca/ESP; 0/0).
How to Watch
Match Time: 7:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, FL.
TV: FS1, Univision.
Streaming: fuboTV, Univision NOW, FOX Sports GO, SiriusXM FC (audio).
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @ussoccer and @TheManeLand. Also, be sure to follow @StarsAndStripesFC.
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