The United States Under 23s dreams of Rio have come to an end after they fell to a loss in Frisco, the first for any US national team in Texas. The USA fell to a 2-1 defeat to Colombia in a last chance Olympic Qualifying Playoff on Tuesday night at Toyota Stadium.
Coming in to the match needing to at least score a goal, being behind on away goals, Colombia went for the match from the opening whistle. The visitors dominated the match, especially in the first half, as they held all the possession with the USA struggling to get out of their own half.
It took just six minutes for Colombia to have their first clear chance of the match when Roger Martinez stole possession from Desevio Payne. Payne ran at the goal, but was forced wide by Matt Miazga, only to get a shot away anyway, forcing Ethan Horvath in to a good save.
Colombia kept on attacking and after taking a short corner forced another good save out of Ethan Horvath. After taking it short a cross came in for Yerry Mina, who dove to get the ball and head it, which seemed certain to score only for Horvath to reach a clock.
After huffing and puffing, Colombia finally blew the house down on the half hour mark after attacking down the right. Helibelton Palacios sent in a low cross, which the USA failed to clear, sending the ball to Andreas Roa who sent in a powerful ball across the face, slamming off of Roger Martinez’s boot to easily score the opener.
That would give Colombia the lead heading in to the break and forced the Andres Herzog to go to his bench and he brought on Jerome Kiesewetter right after the break. That change seemed to work as the United States started the second half well.
On the 58th minute the United States were back on level terms, through bizarre circumstances, and it was substitute Kiesewetter involved. Emerson Hyndman sent in a ball, trying to find Kiesewetter, but the ball held up, allowing Deiver Machado what seemed a simple header back to the keeper but the wind carried it over, giving the USA an equalizer through an own goal.
But the United States failed to respond, while Machado did, looking to make up from his mistake from the very get-go. In the 64th minute he sent in a cross for Martinez, who was given plenty of time to bring it down, turn his marker, and easily bury it to put Colombia back in front and take extra-time out of the equation.
The United States brought on first leg hero Luis Gil in an attempt to get back in to the match, but that failed as they were well out played. In the final quarter of the match USA were reduced to nine, first in the 77th when Gil received his second yellow. That effectively ended the chances before Matt Miazga was show a straight red card in the dying embers, as the US fell to a 2-1 loss on the night, losing 3-2 on aggregate and sending Colombia through to the Olympic Games.