Midfielders Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones let U.S. down vs. Colombia
In a game that turned on an early goal, thanks to poor set-piece defending, the United States fell to Colombia 2-0 in the opening game of the Copa America Centenario. The Americans played from behind all match and were forced to chase the game with a makeshift forward line that failed to create many chances.
By the time Jurgen Klinsmann's substitutions entered and helped turn the tide back the Americans' way, it was too late.
The player grades reflect the way the game played out: a couple disastrous errors that the U.S. could not overcome combined with an ineffective night from players across the midfield and forward lines.
Player ratings (1-10, with 10 the best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Brad Guzan, 5 -- Guzan was not at fault for either of the Colombian goals. He dashed off his line recklessly a handful of times, to varying effect. He looked shaky on a long shot in the second half.
DF Fabian Johnson, 4.5 -- He held his own against Juan Cuadrado for the first half. Johnson was effectively eliminated as an attacking element by the lack of cohesion in midfield and a need to stay wary of the counter from Colombia.
DF John Brooks, 6 -- Perhaps the best American on the field, minus a few errors, Brooks held firm against Carlos Bacca and provided good coverage in the air when Colombia attacked with crosses.
DF Geoff Cameron, 5 -- Cameron spent most of the night handling Colombia's attackers and providing help to fellow defenders. Unfortunately, he lost Cristian Zapata on Colombia's opener.
DF DeAndre Yedlin, 3.5 -- Yedlin made the egregious mistake of leaving his hand up on the penalty that put the game out of reach for the U.S. Beyond that bad moment, he put in a good defensive shift. He did not impact the game going forward.
MF Michael Bradley, 4 -- Bradley was surprisingly bad with his passing and made poor decisions on multiple occasions. He lost in a midfield trio outnumbered and pressed by the Colombians. The set piece service was adequate but not great.
MF Jermaine Jones, 4 -- Jones looked off the pace most of the night. He missed on several passes and was too easily dragged into ineffective positions. He turned the ball over on numerous occasions.
MF Alejandro Bedoya, 4.5 -- He finally made an attacking contribution late on with the Americans chasing the game. Otherwise, Bedoya was limited in his influence. He failed, along with his midfield mates, to connect with the forward line.
FW Bobby Wood, 4.5 -- Wood was far from effective pushed out wide, where his talents are less in play. He battled physically all day but was unable to provide much danger as part of the forward line.
FW Clint Dempsey, 3.5 -- Although involved in the few threatening moments the Americans had, Dempsey too often slowed down the U.S. attack. He isolated up top as a lone forward, which left his team with no backline pressure when he dropped into midfield.
FW Gyasi Zardes, 3 -- Zardes was marginalized at right forward in the 4-3-3. He was not equipped to provide a wide threat, and his questionable first touch led to a number of turnovers. He made good contributions defensively.
FW Christian Pulisic, 5 -- Pulisic showed his eagerness to make things happen but was limited to just a few moments of influence over the course of 25 minutes.
MF Darlington Nagbe, 5.5 -- Nagbe added a new wrinkle to the American attack with his ability to dribble at defenders, though it came too late to make any difference to the outcome.
MF Graham Zusi, NR -- Zusi made no impact in a late cameo appearance.
Jason Davis covers Major League Soccer and the United States national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @davisjsn.