Bobby Wood hit the post for the USA in the second half against Colombia, who won the third-place play-off 1-0. - © © gettyimages / Elsa / Staff
Bobby Wood hit the post for the USA in the second half against Colombia, who won the third-place play-off 1-0. - © © gettyimages / Elsa / Staff

USA finish fourth after Colombia defeat

There was to be no final flourish from Copa America Centenario hosts USA, who missed out on a podium spot after losing 1-0 to Colombia in the third-place play-off in a match both teams ended with ten men.

USA 0-1 Colombia

Goals: 0-1 Bacca (31')

Hertha's John Anthony Brooks and Borussia Mönchengladbach's Fabian Johnson were left on the bench after sustaining minor injuries last week, but Hamburger SV's Bobby Wood returned to the starting line-up following suspension. The USMNT held their own for most of the half against Los Cafeteros but were carved open in the 31st minute, as James Rodgriuez's lofted pass played in Santiago Arias, who crossed for Carlos Bacca to tap in.

Line-ups

Jürgen Klinsmann's side were much brighter after the break and had a number of promising openings, but Wood's shot against the post was the closest they came to scoring. Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic was brought on for the final quarter of an hour and again looked comfortable on the international stage, but ultimately the USA could not force an equaliser and had to settle for fourth place.

USA: Howard – Yedlin, Orozco, Cameron, Besler – Zardes, Bradley (Nagbe 79'), Jones, Bedoya (Pulisic 74') – Wood, Dempsey

Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann

Colombia: Ospina – Arias, Zapata, Murillo, Fabra – Celis (Medina 87'), Torres – Cuadrado (Moreno 74'), Rodriguez, Cardona – Bacca (R. Martinez 79')

Coach: Jose Pekerman