Colombia Oust USA

Teofilo Gutierrez’s late second half goal handed Colombia a 2-1 win over the United States of America at Craven Cottage in an international Friendly on Friday night.  The Americans opened the scoring in the 10th minute from the penalty spot through Jozy Altidore.  The spot kick was awarded after a corner kick was not cleared and Pablo Armero handled the ball, though he appeared to be fouled before his hand made contact.

Los Cafeteros started to find success after 20 minutes with Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez whizzing a shot wide of Brad Guzan’s post on a free kick.  The near-miss seemed to energize the South Americans, as they started to go forward more, however those attacks were repelled and the Colombians went into the break trailing.  Alejardo Bedoya played a ball for Rubio Rubin from the left flank, but the 18-year-old couldn’t get his header on target and score on debut for his national team.

Jose Pekerman’s men found the goal they probably deserved in the 60th minute in what one would call an offside trap fail.  Rodriguez shuttled a pass in between the USA centre backs and in the direction of Gutierrez, who was in an offside position, but the offside player did not make contact with the ball and the American defenders watched and appealed as Carlos Bacca sprinted onto the ball and moved around goalkeeper Guzan to score the equaliser.

Rodriguez looked for a goal of his own in the 72nd minute when he snapped in a left-footed shot from outside the box, but Guzan was able to make the stop.  Lee Nguyen, back on the pitch for the Stars and Stripes after a seven year absence, showed a bit of skill with a pass off his heel that freed Bobby Wood who was unable to finish.  But it was a Colombian change that would help make the difference with Edwin Cardona setting up Gutierrez after his initial cross was blocked by Jermaine Jones.

Jones, who usually play as a defensive midfielder but in a centre back spot for the second straight international match, stopped Cardona’s effort from the right side of the Colombian attack but it fell to Cardona who spotted Gutierrez at the back post.  The River Plate man took advantage of his virtual free header to score the winner and condemn Juergen Klinsmann’s men to defeat.