The United States men’s national team completed with no victory from its two January friendlies after a scoreless draw with Colombia at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California, on Saturday.
The U.S. had the higher of the probabilities, most coming in an enticing first half, however failed to search out the breakthrough in opposition to an inexperienced Colombia workforce that, just like the Individuals, was lacking its European stars within the non-FIFA-window matchup.
Now with simply 4 targets in its previous seven video games, an absence of innovative in assault continues to show the most important difficulty to unravel for the U.S. because it begins its construct towards collectively internet hosting the World Cup in 2026.
Interim coach Anthony Hudson opted to subject a extra skilled aspect than within the 2-1 loss Wednesday to Serbia, with all 5 gamers on the roster who went to the 2022 World Cup getting a begin.
There was nonetheless loads of youth, although, together with debuts for Paxten Aaronson and John Tolkin and a primary begin for DeJuan Jones. Aaronson’s presence meant he and Leeds United‘s Brenden Aaronson grew to become the eighth set of brothers to signify the U.S. on the senior stage.
“General, I feel we achieved our aims,” Hudson stated. “There is a bunch of gamers we needed to see with us, to see in aggressive conditions. It was a case of having the ability to take a look at these gamers in the environment and having the ability to get by way of two video games bodily.”
Colombia, in the meantime, fielded 4 gamers from Main League Soccer in a lineup that includes just one participant with greater than 5 caps.
Regardless of a number of gamers on either side being of their preseason, there was loads of depth within the opening 45 minutes.
And, with each groups seeking to assault rapidly in transition, there have been ample alternatives at each ends, even when an absence of precision within the last third prevented anybody from capitalizing.
The energetic Aaronson had two clear sights at objective, first failing to get sufficient buy on a side-footed effort after six minutes that went straight at Colombia goalkeeper Alvaro Montero. Later, a determined diving block by defender Andres Llinas deflected one other Aaronson effort broad of the goal.
“Paxten is a extremely thrilling participant, massively assured. He got here in a day or two late however you may see his high quality. We do not know what his stage will probably be, however we imagine in his expertise and can see what he can do,” Hudson stated.
Maybe the perfect opening fell the best way of Matthew Hoppe. However with Paul Arriola begging for a sq. move, the Middlesbrough ahead shot straight on the Colombia keeper after being discovered by Jesus Ferreira‘s through-ball.
The U.S. protection was nonetheless given loads to consider on the different finish, the place LAFC‘s Chicho Arango and Columbus’ Cucho Hernandez have been seeking to make inroads in opposition to an all-MLS again 4. It was to Yilmar Velazquez that Colombia’s finest likelihood of the opening half fell, however the midfielder scuffed his shot broad of the goal.
Probabilities proved to be at extra of a premium after half-time. Walker Zimmerman headed a tough likelihood over from a nook whereas Ferreira, enjoying in opposition to the nation of his beginning, did not get a shot away when he discovered a quick opening within the field.
However, with either side making loads of adjustments because the interval wore on, the second half become extra of a standard slower-paced January pleasant. There have been USMNT debuts off the bench for Emmanuel Sabbi and Samual Rogers however the U.S. couldn’t discover a objective to point out for its efforts.
“It is an ideal group of gamers, and that speaks to the depth of our participant group,” stated USMNT keeper Sean Johnson. “There’s good occasions forward for us. We might have liked to win, and we had our probabilities, nevertheless it was strong throughout. As a gaggle, I really feel like this camp was a step ahead.”