USA-Colombia Live: Team USA Falls On Teo Gutierrez’s Late Game-Winner

Jozy Altidore USA-ColombiaFinal, 2-1 Colombia: The game is over. Colombia defeats the United States at Craven Cottage.

Colombia overturned an early deficit and earned a come-from-behind win over the United States. Colombia was the better team from start to finish, as second-half goals from Bacca and Gutierrez gave it a deserved comeback win.

The United States was well organized and defended bravely, but Colombia ultimately overran the Americans. Team USA was sloppy in possession, and its transitions were too slow to pose an enduring threat to Colombia.

Klinsmann will be disappointed that his team conceded yet another late goal.

The United States faces Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday in its final game in 2014. Team USA will want to end the year on a high note.

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90th minute, 2-1 Colombia: There will be a minimum of three minutes of added time in the second half.

89th minute, 2-1 Colombia: Juan Quintero comes into the game, replacing Cuadrado.

87th minute, 2-1 Colombia: Gutierrez scores, and Colombia leads with just a few minutes to go.

86th minute, 1-1: Julian Green comes on for Yedlin late in the second half.

83rd minute, 1-1: Jones shoots from a tight angle after a corner kick, but it rolls straight into Vargas’ hands.

81st minute, 1-1: Vargas denies the Unites States a fine goal.

Nguyen flicked a pass onto Wood’s run. Wood tried to poke his shot past the onrushing Vargas, but the Colombia goalkeeper turned it away.

79th minute, 1-1: Adrian Ramos comes on for Bacca, as Colombia counters with a substitution.

78th minute, 1-1: Nguyen enters the game. Diskerud exits.

73rd minute, 1-1: Colombia makes its first substitution, as Edwin Cardona replaces Aguilar.

72nd minute, 1-1: James’ volleys a shot on goal from 25 yards out, but it goes straight to Guzan.

69th minute, 1-1: Beasley replaces Garza at left back.  A foot injury might have prompted the substitution, as Garza limped through his last few minutes on the field.

68th minute, 1-1: Looking to make an instant impact, Wood fires a shoot on goal, which Vargas tips over the crossbar.

67th minute, 1-1: Klinsmann makes a pair of changes, replacing Bedoya and Rubin with Alfredo Morales and Bobby Wood, respectively.

64th minute, 1-1: Guzan saves Gutierrez’s deflected shot.

60th minute, 1-1: Bacca scores, tying the game at one apiece.

59th minute, 1-0 United States: After a lull in the action, the U.S. has a chance from a corner kick, as Jones flicks a header on target, but Vargas saves it at the near post.

50th minute, 1-0 United States: James’ tests Guzan with another free kick, but the U.S. goalkeeper saves it out for a corner kick.

47th minute, 1-0 United States: Bedoya floats a perfect pass into Colombia’s penalty area, and Rubin connects with a diving header. It goes narrowly wide of Vargas’ goal.

46th minute, 1-0 United States: The second half is underway at Craven Cottage.

Neither team made any substitutions at halftime.

Halftime, 1-0 United States: That’s the end of the first half. Team USA leads at the break.

The scoreline is no reflection of the balance of play. The United States leads, but Colombia enjoyed advantages in both possession and territory from start to finish.

Colombia will dispute the call that led to Altidore’s penalty kick as well as the non-call on Jones’ hand-ball. Bacca hit the post in Colombia’s best scoring chance. The lively forward missed on a number of other opportunities.

Jones, Garza and Beckerman shone in the first period. Diskerud, Bedoya and Johnson have disappointing, leading to a disjointed performance from Team USA.

45th minute +2, 1-0 United States: James misses the target with a low drive from 20 yards out.

45th minute, 1-0 United States: Colombia wants a penalty kick after Bacca’s shot appeared to hit Jones’ hand. The referee ignores the Colombians’ appeals.

42nd minute, 1-0 United States: Bacca heads a corner kick wide. The Colombia forward has missed a few headers in the first half.

41st minute, 1-0 United States: Colombia continues to probe in the U.S. half, and the American defense still is holding firm. Team USA’s back line is making timely stops when Colombia carries play deep into its zone.

37th minute, 1-0 United States: Beckerman picks out Rubin with a cross, but the teenage forward’s header is wayward.

36th minute, 1-0 United States: Cuadrado’s free kick from 25 yards out curls over the crossbar.

35th minute, 1-0 United States: Altidore is cautioned for a foul on Cuadrado.

33rd minute, 1-0 United States: Colombia capitalizes on an error in the midfield and breaks forward. James slots a pass to Bacca, whose first-time shot hits the post.

29th minute, 1-0 United States: Aguilar is cautioned for a foul on Bedoya.

29th minute, 1-0 United States: Team USA holds its lead after a half-hour. Colombia continues to threaten — particularly from the right wing — but the U.S. is denying its forwards the time and space they need to test Guzan.

22nd minute, 1-0 United States: Baca cuts inside and shoots. It takes a deflection and goes out for a corner kick.

Although Colombia is trailing, it is controlling possession and putting the United States under intense pressure.

21st minute, 1-0 United States: James fires a free kick past Team USA’s wall, but it narrowly misses the far post.

19th minute, 1-0 United States: Colombia is enjoying a good spell of possession, but the U.S. remains well-organized and determined defensively.

15th minute, 1-0 United States: Baca heads James’ cross over the bar.

14th minute, 1-0 United States: Colombia looked to even the score quickly, but its entry passes into the final third fail to connect with the forwards.

10th minute, 1-0 United States: Altidore buries the spot kick. The U.S. captain shot down the middle, as Vargas dove to his right.

Eighth minute, 0-0: It’s a penalty kick for the United States.

Rubin undercut Armero as he leaped for a header, and his arm connected with the ball.

Altidore steps up to the spot.

Sixth minute, 0-0: Sanchez rolls a shot on goal. Guzan saves it easily.

Fifth minute, 0-0: Both sides have threatened in the opening minutes, but the end product has been missing.

The game opened in an end-to-end fashion, as the teams breezed past each others’ midfield. The defenses have held firm, however, denying pace in the final third.

Kickoff: USA-Colombia is underway at Craven Cottage. The crowd is festive and decidedly pro-Colombia.

Pregame:  Klinsmann has sprung a surprise, starting 18-year-old Rubio Rubin up front alongside Altidore.

Rubin, who plays club soccer in the Netherlands with FC Utrecht, starts in his second appearance with the senior national team.

The experiment with Jones as center back continues. Klinsmann hopes Jones can lead the back line and curb his instincts in this new role.

Johnson returns to the national team for the first time since the World Cup. He’ll play on the left as a wide midfielder. Pay attention to how well he links with Garza on that side.

2:30 p.m.: Here are the lineups:

United States


Noon, ET: The United States men’s national soccer team must face the soccer world’s best teams if it is to join the ranks of the elite.

Team USA takes on Colombia in an exhibition game Friday at Craven Cottage in London. Third-ranked Colombia will test the Americans’ resolve and talents, as its latest squad includes 16 of the 23 players who helped it reach the quarterfinal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup last summer. James Rodriguez, the breakout star of the World Cup, is one of many Colombians whom the United States will try to contain.

United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has assembled a squad, which includes some mainstays but also a host of players who have little international experience. Brad Guzan will start at goalkeeper, and Jozy Altidore will captain the U.S. New England Revolution star Lee Nguyen could make his first national-team appearance since 2007.

Friday’s game takes place at the home stadium of English club Fulham FC. Several Americans played for Fulham when it was competing in the Premier League, so there is bound to be an emotional connection for some of the 23,000 fans in attendance.

Although the game will be the United States’ second to last of 2014, the challenge will be as stiff as they come.

USA-Colombia kicks off at 2:45 p.m. Join us right here for all the action from Craven Cottage.

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