James Rodriguez scores stunning solo effort before Radamel Falcao helps crush American comeback in Tampa
James Rodriguez scored Colombia’s first goal in the 36th minute and set up their last as the South Americans stormed back after trailing 2-1 early in the second half.
A win or tie for the United States would have been a boost for a team which failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after losing to Trinidad and Tobago a year and a day ago.
James Rodriguez and Falcao both scored as Colombia beat the USA in Tampa on Thursday
James opened the scoring with a brilliant effort that curled into the top corner of the net
USA (4-2-3-1): Steffen; Yedlin, Miazga, Brooks, Robinson (Sweat 76); Bradley, Acosta; Weah (Delgado 68), Green (Novakovich 84), Saief (Picault 58); Wood (Sargent 83)
Subs not used: Guzan, Cannon, Carter-Vickers, Trapp
Goals: Acosta 50, Wood 53
Yellow cards: Weah, Robinson
Colombia (4-4-2): Opsina; Arias, Sanchez, Murillo, Machado; Rodriguez (Moreno 82), Uribe, Barrios (Roa Juan 89), Cuadrado (Quintero 55); Bacca (Borja 76), Falcao (Cardona 76)
Subs not used: Montero, Aguilar, Borja, Murillo, Palacios, Villa
Goals: Rodriguez 36, Bacca 56, Falcao 74, Borja 79
Yellow cards: Barrios
But it was not to be.
Colombia thoroughly outplayed the U.S. in the first half on a hot and humid night in Florida, and drew first blood in the 36th minute when Rodriguez curled a left-footed shot into the top left corner.
With Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams all unavailable due to injuries, interim US head coach Dave Sarachan made no changes at halftime but his team came out more energised after the break.
Kellyn Acosta latched onto a long pass in the box from Antonee Robinson to level the game in the 50th minute.
The US took a 2-1 lead three minutes later when Timothy Weah found space on the left wing and delivered to Bobby Wood, who split two defenders to score.
Colombia’s Carlos Bacca squared the contest three minutes later, however, with a shot past the diving arms of keeper Zack Steffen.
United States midfielder Kellyn Acosta had levelled the scores at Raymond James Stadium
USA took a 2-1 lead in Tampa before Colombia No 7 Carlos Bacca restored parity for his side
Colombia nosed ahead in the 74rd minute, with Radamel Falcao capitalising on a defensive breakdown to score, sending the team’s yellow-clad fans into a frenzy.
Colombia put the game away in emphatic style in the 79th minute when Rodriguez found Miguel Borja across the box and the forward hammered a volley into the corner.
Next up for the U.S. is a friendly against Peru on Tuesday in Connecticut. Colombia battle Costa Rica on the same day in New Jersey.
James, who was replaced during the second half, looks to dribble past USA’s Kenny Saief
After the match Juventus star Juan Cuadrado celebrates alongside his Colombia team-mate