LA Galaxy forward, Gyasi Zardes, started and played the full 90 minutes for the USMNT against Columbia in their opening game for the Copa America Centenario tournament.
Gyasi Zardes may have played the full 90 minutes for the United States in the opening match of the Copa America Centenario, but like most of the team, he was less than stellar on the pitch. Zardes started alongside Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood up front but he failed to create many chances. Columbia won the match 2-0 over the USMNT.
Gyasi got a few chances to show off his incredible pace against the strong Columbian side but he was not able to register a shot in the game. The only stats next to Zardes’ name was one foul committed and one foul suffered on the night. It was a tough game for the USA in Santa Clara.
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The United States did not look outmatched by the third ranked team in the world in Columbia but the goals were the difference in the match. USMNT controlled possession for the most part and created a lot of chances off of set pieces but they were never able to finish off their chances. Columbia made the most of each opportunity that they were given.
Columbia opened up the scoring in the 8th minute when defender, Cristian Zapata, netted home a corner from Edwin Cardona for his first international goal. The United States tried their best to level the score but a handball on DeAndre Yedlin in the 40th minute led to a penalty for Columbia.
James Rodriguez converted the penalty opportunity in the 42nd minute and put Columbia up 2-0 at the end of the first half. The USMNT had some real chances in the second half but goalkeeper, David Ospina, held his clean sheet throughout the match. If you look at the stats for the game, the United States weren’t outplayed by the heavily favored Columbia, but the goals were obviously the biggest difference.
This should be a positive effort for Gyasi Zardes and the United States going forward. The team should bounce back stronger against a weaker Costa Rican side. They will need a better result in their net match if they want to advance to the knockout stage of the Copa America tournament.
Even though Zardes did not have a great game for USMNT, it will be interesting to see if he will continue to start going forward. The team’s next match will be on June 7th as they will take on Costa Rica at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The United States will need a better performance in their second game as they will be looking to make it out of the group stage.