USA vs. Colombia live score, updates, stats as USMNT trails early in pre-Copa America friendly

The United States men begin their run-up to the 2024 Copa America with an international friendly of the utmost importance against Colombia on Saturday just outside the nation’s capital.

Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT players insist that building toward the 2026 FIFA World Cup is the ultimate goal, but this summer will feature a heavy focus on results over process knowing they must learn how to win against top teams regardless of how it comes to pass.

With friendlies against Colombia and Brazil as their pair of warm-up matches before the Copa America begins July 19, it will be of the utmost importance to put in a quality shift against a pair of top national teams.

Colombia will present a monumental challenge, on a 21-game unbeaten streak that dates back to before their failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. They have reversed their fortunes entirely under head coach Nestor Lorenzo, who has brought renewed life to a floundering national team side, including a win over Brazil in World Cup qualifying plus a recent victory over Spain in a friendly earlier this year.

The Sporting News is following the USA vs. Colombia match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

USA vs. Colombia live score

  Score (1H) Goal scorers
USA 0
Colombia 1 J. Arias (6′)

Kickoff: 5:37 p.m. ET / 2:37 p.m. PT
Location: Commanders Field (Landover, MD)

Starting lineups:

USA (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Turner (GK) — 22. Scally, 3. Richards, 13. Ream, 5. A. Robinson — 15. Johnny, 7. Reyna, 8. McKennie — 21. Weah, 20. Balogun, 10. Pulisic.

Colombia (4-2-3-1, right to left): 12. Vargas (GK) — 21. Munoz, 23. D. Sanchez, 3. Lucumi, 17. Mojica — 15. Uribe, 16. Lerma — 11. Arias, 10. J. Rodriguez, 7. Diaz — 19. Borre.

USA vs. Colombia live updates, highlights, commentary

USA vs. Colombia stats

USA Stat (15′) Colombia
3 Shots 2
1 Shots on target 1
54% Possession 46%
70 Passes 58
0 Corners 0
1 Fouls 2
0 Yellow cards 0

USA vs. Colombia: First Half

17th min: Chance, Colombia! James Rodriguez puts a header wide! The cross from the left meets his dome but it’s redirected powerfully wide right. That’s a good opportunity gone by!

15th min: The United States may trail, but they’ve done quite well to stand up early against a strong opponent. One fortunate deflection and one minor defensive error see them trail, but otherwise they’ve been strong in possession and stout at the back.

For Columbia, Luis Diaz has been the unsurprising first option in their buildup down the left, but his latest crossed is headed clear by Tim Ream awkwardly but effectively as he avoids conceding a corner.

9th min: Chance, USA! Folarin Balogun has the ball cleared off the line! Antonee Robinson’s speculative long ball is dropped right in a bucket, and Balogun’s first touch is quite good, bringing the ball down in his path at full speed. Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas comes off his line to challenge at a tight angle, and Balogun pokes it past him, but Balogun’s defender had done so well to redirect and cover the line, sliding to clear the ball out just before it skids over the line.

6th min: GOAL! COLOMBIA! The United States have been broken down just six minutes in as Jhon Arias puts the visitors in front! It’s a superb goal from a very tight angle as the Fluminense winger receives a fortunate bounce off a deflection from Antonee Robinson right to his feet, and he beats Tim Ream to create a tiny window of space and fire into the top corner.

It’s a near-post finish, but Matt Turner had no chance, as Ream has to do better to cut off the angle on goal. The deflection off Robinson is quite lucky, as the Fulham full-back had made a good tackle to cut out the vertical feed.

3rd min: Both teams are showing good attacking intent as Luis Diaz looks to test Joe Scally out wide, but the U.S. full-back does well to stand tall and keep the Colombia star from creating a chance. Scally’s performance will be followed closely around the country as Gregg Berhalter searches for his Sergino Dest replacement.

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1st min: The hosts waste no time trying to test Colombia’s goal, as striker Folarin Balogun receives the ball at the top of the penalty area and looks to turn and shoot on frame. The strike is vicious but it flies just high and wide left.

Kickoff: They’re under way at Commanders Field! A huge 90 minutes for the United States to show they are contenders at the Copa America. The biggest criticism of Gregg Berhalter’s tenure so far has been an inability to beat top global teams, so the time starts now to prove they can match up against the best the world has to offer. Colombia and their 21-game unbeaten streak absolutely qualify as a top-quality opponent.

Tyler Adams told the TNT pregame show that they “have the opportunity to do something special” this summer, and that’s absolutely true. Forget the 2026 World Cup, the Copa America presents a prime chance to show they are here to compete amongst the global’s most dominant sides.

USA vs. Colombia: Pre-match commentary, analysis, more

15 mins to kickoff: Johnny Cardoso’s presence in the U.S. midfield is the one big surprise from Gregg Berhalter today. It’s unclear whether that’s an indication of his spot in the XI moving forward, or just a chance for him to impress, it’s unclear. But he’s been given the nod ahead of Yunus Musah and Tyler Adams, who were both left on the bench.

Johnny had a wonderful final season at Brazilian club Internacional before moving to Spanish club Real Betis, where he brought his great form with him. He’s certainly earned this chance, but supplanting both Musah and Adams is a big call from Gregg Berhalter.

30 mins to kickoff: James Rodriguez is one of the most decorated and accomplished players in Colombia history, but his spot in the team for this Copa America is uncertain. At 32 years old, Rodriguez has been less and less fit enough for a full 90 minutes, and after an injury-riddled first season with Brazilian side Sao Paulo, there are questions about whether he’s still a starter on this Cafeteros side.

In truth, it’s a microcosm of Rodriguez’s entire career, with his 2014 World Cup stardom launching him to stardom but failing to truly foreshadow a world class career. His time at Real Madrid was spotty at best, and he has not become the successful club player many had hoped at the time. It will be fascinating to watch if he can still contribute at a high level for Colombia or if other players overtake him as the regular creative provider in this side.

45 mins to kickoff: One player who won’t be available for the United States in this match, and may cruelly miss out on the Copa America is striker Josh Sargent. The Norwich City striker has been white-hot this season, returning to international relevance with blistering goal scoring form at the club level.

Unfortunately, he’s seen his chances to contribute on the international stage scuppered by injuries, missing out in the fall due to an ankle injury and now possibly seeing his chance at a Copa America spot ruined as well. We’ll see if he can recover in time, but Gregg Berhalter did leave open the possibility that he could miss out.

1 hour to kickoff: Lineups are in. Joe Scally has his chance to prove he can lock down the right-back spot in Sergino Dest’s absence, while Johnny Cardoso gets a surprise start in midfield with Yunus Musah and Tyler Adams both on the bench.

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For Colombia, James Rodriguez does start, while Rafael Santos Borre mans the striker role.

1 hour 15 mins to kick: The construction of the USMNT attacking unit will at least partially hinge on how Gregg Berhalter handles the right-back situation. If Tim Weah is kept at right wing, there might not be place for in-form Haji Wright, who Berhalter indicated will play more winger than striker in the near future.

However, if Weah is dropped back to the defensive line, Wright could be installed at left wing, with Christian Pulisic moved over to the right. Gio Reyna could also be an option to take over on the right if Weah is dropped back, but Berhalter may wish to avoid moving too many players from their best positions, creating more issues in order to solve just one problem.

You can read more about how Haji Wright will be used at the Copa America by clicking here.

1 hour 30 mins to kick: The biggest question for the U.S. men heading into the Copa America is how they will replace injured right-back Sergino Dest. None of the options are inspiring, but we will get an idea of what Gregg Berhalter is thinking in this match.

Berhalter told the media in his pre-match press conference that they will trial multiple options in these two friendlies against Colombia and Brazil, confirming that natural right-back Joe Scally will get a chance, but that they will “take it game-by-game and opponent by opponent” both in the friendlies and throughout the Copa America.

Scally has not been very good in recent USMNT appearances and had a rocky club season with Gladbach, so it’s possible Tim Weah could be moved back or another option given a look. Sounds like the situation will be quite fluid.

1 hour 45 mins to kick: Another player who looked to walk back the narrative and put renewed importance on the results this summer is veteran defender Tim Ream, who at 36 years old remains a strong candidate to start matches for the USMNT this summer.

Ream told SiriusXM FC that regardless of the overarching push towards 2026, the goal this summer is to win the Copa America. He boldly proclaimed, “if you’re not going to try and win the whole thing, just don’t even show up.” Strong words from the host nation.

2 hours to kickoff: Throughout this entire summer camp, both USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter and his players have all been consistent in their message that a strong Copa America performance is not a standalone goal for U.S. Soccer, but instead a means to continue building towards the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Amidst questions asking whether that mindset minimized the Copa America results too much, Berhalter looked to put that prevalent theme in context heading into this game. 

USA vs. Colombia pre-match facts, figures

  • Colombia are in the midst of a 21-match unbeaten streak that dates to early 2022, following a 1-0 defeat to Argentina in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.
  • In 21 all-time meetings against Colombia, the U.S. men have won just three times, the last being a 3-0 friendly win in 2005. Since that victory, the United States have failed to win in any of their last seven against Colombia.
  • Argentina head coach Nestor Lorenzo has not been beaten in any of his 18 games in charge of Colombia, installed in the aftermath of their failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
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USA vs. Colombia lineups, team news

There is one injury concern for the United States as Josh Sargent is still nursing his foot injury from the end of the club season with Norwich City. Gregg Berhalter confirmed he will not be available for today’s match, and his availability for the Copa America may be in question.

The biggest question mark for Berhalter heading into this competition is who will replace injured Sergino Dest at right-back. Joe Scally is the best option from a like-for-like perspective, but Scally has struggled at times in a USMNT shirt. He will almost surely be given a chance to earn the role in one of the two pre-match friendlies, but there are other options, including playing Tim Weah at right-back.

While there will be some experimentation at a few positions in these warmup friendlies, Berhatler will almost surely avoid experimentation in other areas, preferring to get his starters time to gel before the competition itself begins.

USA starting lineup (4-3-3): Turner (GK) — Scally, Richards, Ream, A. Robinson — Musah, Reyna, McKennie — Weah, Balogun, Pulisic.

USA subs (15): Horvath (GK), Johnson (GK), Carter-Vickers, M. Robinson, McKenzie, Moore, Lund, T. Adams, de la Torre, Musah, T. Tillman, M. Tillman, Aaronson, Wright, Pepi.

A choice between veteran goalkeepers David Ospina and Camilo Vargas will likely result in the latter being given the nod, as he’s been the starter through Ospina’s lengthy injury absence.

Famed forward James Rodriguez has declined at 32 years old and may not be a locked-in starter for the Copa America. He has completed only two full 90-minute performances for Colombia since the start of 2022, with 12 starts and four substitute appearances in 24 matches throughout that time. Rodriguez has been dealing with a muscle injury of late, so he could be an option off the bench in this match to keep him fit.

Liverpool star Luis Diaz is, however, a regular in the national team side now. He has just four goals and three assists for the national team since the start of 2022, but two of the goals came in the famous 2-1 win over Brazil in World Cup qualifying last November.

Colombia starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Vargas (GK) — Munoz, D. Sanchez, Lucumi, Mojica — Uribe, Lerma — J. Arias, J. Rodriguez, Diaz — Borre.

Colombia subs (15): Ospina (GK), Montero (GK), Cuesta, S. Arias, Castano, Rios, Carrascal, Borja, Mina, Quintero, Asprilla, Cordoba, Machado, Sinisterra, Duran.

How to watch USA vs. Colombia

  • Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT
  • English:
    • TV: TNT
    • Streaming: Sling, Max
  • Spanish:
    • TV: Universo
    • Streaming: Fubo

The match between the United States and Colombia will be broadcast domestically on TNT, who have the rights to U.S. Soccer matches not affiliated with any competitive environment, usually friendlies. TNT is available to stream on Sling.

There is also a Spanish-language broadcast on Universo, which can be streamed on Fubo, who are offering a free trial for new users.

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