As Alexi Lalas said in Fox Sports' post-game coverage of the United States national team's 2-0 loss to Colombia, nothing good came from this loss for the US. Nobody played well and the result was a loss that significantly sets back the Americans' quest for a place in the quarterfinal.
It was bad from the beginning. A goal from Colombian center-back Cristian Zapata in the eighth-minute set the tone for a game that would never go the way of the US. Zapata broke free from Geoff Cameron on a corner-kick—mostly thanks to a clever pick play drawn up by Colombia—and found himself open near the penalty spot, slamming a left-footed volley past a helpless Brad Guzan and immediately deflating a hyped Levi's stadium.
Conceding from a set piece is a tough way to start, and the US never found a way to bounce back. In the 40th-minute, Colombia made it 2-0 after James Rodriguez converted a penalty-kick. US captain Michael Bradley gave the ball away in a bad position, and a cross sent in by Colombia shortly after found the hand of DeAndre Yedlin, who was called for a controversial PK. Rodriguez coolly slotted it home to extend the lead to two.
Clint Dempsey found two good chances in the second half to try and cut the lead in half, but was unable to convert on either. The first came off a corner, with Dempsey getting a good head on the ball and sending it to the bottom corner; the shot was cleared off the line by Sebastian Perez. The second was off of another set piece, this time on a direct kick. Dempsey's long-range free-kick was acrobatically saved by goalkeeper David Ospina in the 64th-minute.
The US failed to put much pressure on the Colombia goal after that, and the game finished 2-0. The pressure is now on in their next game, on Tuesday in Chicago against Costa Rica.
#USAvsCOL Este es el once inicial de nuestra Selección: Ospina; Arias, Murillo, Zapata, Díaz; Torres, Pérez, Cuadrado, Cardona, James; Bacca— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 4, 2016