Copa Centenario 3rd place - Colombia 1 USA 0

Published Sunday, June 26, 2016 6:11 AM by Shane Barrow

Despite a game effort from the US men Colombia claimed 3rd place at the Copa America Centenario Saturday night defeating the US 1-0.  The difference was a first half moment of brilliance from Colombia as James Rodriguez flicked in Santiago Arias, who passed across for Carlos Bacca to get the slightest of touches to deflect it in for the opening goal.

The Americans had been playing well to that point getting men forward and looking like they had a goal in them.  DeAndre Yedlin was active down the wing and Bobby Wood showed he would be a handful up top going close several times.

The second half showed chances for both sides as the teams went up and down the pitch.  It really was an entertaining match.  Both keepers were called into action several times with David Ospina stealing the show as he flew to tip a Clint Dempsey free kick away.  Save of the tournament?

The woodwork would get involved as well denying both sides goals.  Juan Cuadrado came within inches of doubling Colombia's lead on the hour mark when his chipped effort froze Howard but hit off the underside of the bar. Then at the other end, Wood was denied an equalizer as his shot from the middle of the box banged squarely off the post.

Jurgen Klinsmann brought on Darlington Nagbe and Christian Pulisic but the young duo were unable to help to break down the Colombia defense and find the tying goal.  When a stoppage time Nagbe free kick flew into the arms of Ospina the result was decided.

The South American side was able to see out the game for some consolation after a semifinal defeat to Chile, who will take on Lionel Messi and Argentina in the tournament final on Sunday night in New Jersey.

After the match Klinsmann was supremely positive.  "I gave the whole team a huge compliment in the locker room," Klinsmann said. "After six weeks being on the road, to pull out a performance like that in a meaningless third-place game in a certain way, I think they deserve a huge, huge compliment."

"Every one of them, the whole team over this entire stretch of time, has kind of grown together, has given each other so much support. It's really fun to watch this team grow. Did we want to win this game? Yes, absolutely, but I think the performance was a wonderful performance."