Summary

  • Three Bundesliga players in the starting line-up for the USA: Johnson, Brooks and Wood.
  • Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic a second-half substitute.
  • Tournament hosts USA lose 2-0 to Colombia.

All four of the USMNT's Bundesliga representatives took to the field in the opening match of the Copa America Centenario against Colombia, but they ended up on the wrong side of a 2-0 defeat.

USA 0-2 Colombia

Goals: 0-1 Zapata (8'), 0-2 James (pen. 42')

USA began with three Bundesliga players for the opening game of the Copa America Centenario in Santa Clara, California, with Hertha Berlin's John Anthony Brooks in central defence, Borussia Mönchengladbach's Fabian Johnson at left-back and new Hamburger SV signing Bobby Wood part of a three-man frontline.

They were all powerless to stop Colombia taking an early lead, however, as Cristian Zapata put the South Americans in front with an excellent volley from an eighth-minute corner, before James Rodriguez doubled their advantage with a penalty just before the break.

The USMNT pushed hard to get a foothold in the game after the interval and head coach Jürgen Klinsmann brought on Borussia Dortmund youngster Christian Pulisic for the closing stages in an effort to reinvigorate his side's attack. The 17-year-old had a few decent touches, but by that stage Colombia were focused on sitting deep and seeing the result over the line, which they duly did to go into pole position in Group A.

Line-ups

USA: Guzan – Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks, Johnson – Bedoya (Zusi 86'), Bradley, Jones (Nagbe 66') – Zardes, Dempsey, Wood (Pulisic 66')

Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann

Colombia: Ospina – Arias, Zapata, Murillo, Diaz – Perez (Sanchez 84'), Torres – Cuadrado, James (Celis 73'), Cardona – Bacca (Moreno 88')

Coach: Jose Pekerman