U.S. Olympic Bid Ends In Red Card Defeat
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The United States Men’s Olympic dream died Tuesday night as the American U23 side was again dominated by Colombia, falling 2-1 on Tuesday night in Frisco, Texas to lose the aggregate goals match by a final tally of 3-2.

Matt Miazga was shown red (ISI Photos/David Bernal)

Matt Miazga #3 was shown  a straight red in the 90th minute. (ISI Photos/David Bernal)

The Americans also lost their heads as the game wound down and the inevitability of missing out on Rio began to sink in. Colombia’s time wasting and embellishing further riled up the home team and before the final whistle blew Luis Gil and Matt Miazga had both seen red, leaving the U.S. to finish the match with nine players going against Colombia’s 11.

It could have been eight but Tim Parker got away with stepping on an opponent, a fortunate moment America’s best defensive player over the two games.

The U.S. were second best in both games. (ISI Photos/Rick Yeatts)

The U.S. were second best in both games. (ISI Photos/Rick Yeatts)

The score(s) make the games seem close, they weren’t. On Friday, the Americans escaped with a 1-1 draw despite being completely outplayed in Colombia. On Tuesday in Texas, the Americans had a bit more of the ball but were still a poor second to Los Cafeteros, both on the night and in the series.

Coach Andi Herzog had been deployed by Jurgen Klinsmann and charged with getting this group to Rio while avoiding a second Olympic qualifier flop on Klinsmann’s watch.

In 2012, Sean Johnson’s 95h minute miscue cost the Americans passage to the London Games but this time around was less a sudden shock and more a torture of a thousand cuts.

The game had an ugly end to it. (ISI Photos/Tom Smart)

The game against Honduras in October 2015  had an ugly end to it. (ISI Photos/Tom Smart)

The first slices were inflicted in October when the U.S. barely showed up for a CONCACAF Championship/WCQ, losing 2-0 to Honduras. The Yanks got by Canada in the third-place game to set this fixture with Colombia.

The feeling that the U.S. had let its best chance at the Olympics slip away in October hung over this tie, all the more so as the games played out and the evidence piled up in front of our very eyes that this Colombian team was on another, better level than the U.S.

The Americans played with plenty of passion against Colombia, which was great until it wasn’t and the red cards came out.

Klinsmann dubbed the 2012 team that missed the Olympic “A Lost Generation,” and emphasized how important it was for the development of these young players that they not miss out on the Mundial.

Instead, Miazga and Jordan Morris, Emerson Hyndman, and all the rest will miss out on the opportunity to test themselves against the top players in the world this summer in Rio.

The U.S. once again have under achieved and miss out on the Olympics. (Getty Images)

The U.S. once again have under achieved and miss out on the Olympics. (Getty Images)

A Lost Generation? We will have to wait and see.

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
COL 1 1 2

COL – Roger Martinez (Andres Felipe Roa) 30th minute
USA – Own Goal (Deiver Machado) 58
COL – Roger Martinez (Deiver Machado) 64

USA: 1-Ethan Horvath; 2-Kellyn Acosta, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Tim Parker, 15-Desevio Payne (10-Luis Gil, 67); 6-Will Trapp (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman, 11-Paul Arriola (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46), 13-Matt Polster; 9-Jordan Morris (19-Khiry Shelton, 62), 16-Mario Rodriguez
Subs not used: 12-Cody Cropper, 7-Dillon Serna, 18-Tyler Miller, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 12-Cody Cropper, 14-Fatai Alashe, 20-Eric Miller
Not available: Shane O’Neill, Brandon Vincent, 16-Julian Green
Head Coach: Andres Herzog

COL: 1-Cristian Bonila; 13-Helibelton Palacios, 3-Yerry Mina, 4-Deiver Machado, 5-Davinson Sanchez, 9-Harold Preciado (16-Cristian Borja, 46); 14-Wilmar Barrios, 6-Jose Leudo, 18-Andres Felipe Roa (8-Yony Gonzalez, 90+1), 10-Juan Fernando Quintero (capt.) (11-Jarlan Barrera, 85); 17-Roger Martinez, 19-Guillermo Celis
Subs not used: 12-Luis Hurtado, 15-Juan Pablo Nieto, 20-Alvaro Montero, 7-Andres Renteria, 2-Jherson Vergara
Head coach: Carlos Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 5 / 11
Shots on goal: 0 / 6
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 14 / 19
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Mario Rodriguez (caution) 21st minute
COL – Deiver Machado (caution) 22
COL – Guillermo Celis (caution) 45
USA – Tim Parker (caution) 52
USA – Matt Polster (caution) 58
USA – Luis Gil (caution) 72
USA – Luis Gil (sent off) 77
COL – Cristian Bonila (caution) 82
COL – Jarlan Barrera (caution) 88
COL – Wilmar Barrios (caution) 88
USA – Matt Miazga (sent off) 90

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7 Responses to U.S. Olympic Bid Ends In Red Card Defeat
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  1. Dina Smith says:

    Our ODP program in the US needs to be revamped. What a disgraceful showing. 2x now the US had failed to make the olympics. STOP charging so dang much for our children to be identified in the ODP program. It’s more about making money than recruiting real talent!

  2. Ed Arvizo says:

    Columbia was bigger, faster, stronger and more skilled. Well said about ODP which is nothing more than a glorified club team chosen to play against other state teams. I wonder how many of the USA players on the field last night were “identified” in the ODP program. Sad to see so many empty seats. With the Dallas Cup played last week you would think US Soccer and Dallas Cup organizers could have arranged the game during the tournament to give the players attending the Dallas Cup a chance to watch the game and to get a few more thousand USA supporter’s (and other country supporters) in the stands. Our kids need to develop technically above winning a local or club league game.

  3. Christopher Coutinho says:

    More emphasis on loving the game and less on “developing the individual”. I’ve never seen a player quit who loves the game, but seen plenty of talented skilled youth leave the sport due to burnout. Losing isn’t fun, but to win without fun is failure.

  4. DW says:

    Dina, you are exactly right. I think ODP really became a moneymaker when the DA program was started. ODP really only matters for the younger boys now as all the best older players are in DA.

    • Earl says:

      ODP gets a bad wrap because the path to the National Team is believed to be Development Academy’s- Very few players are truly identified through ODP- most are nurtured through the Academy and then directly to the National team system- the best players do not participate in ODP.

      There needs to be a mandatory free evaluation system players just attend to be identified for the Olympic Team- The US misses out on a lot of talent because most come from regionalized Development Academy’s that assume they have the best talent, When really they have highly skilled players that do not know how to truly play the game and win!

      There should be a funded ODP evaluation program to identify all players regardless of youth club/academy affiliation. The academy program has clearly failed at the International level for really 11 years- if you count the build up to 2012.

      If we ever want to see an US men’s team in the Olympics we need to dump the dependence on the Academy system.

  5. Jon says:

    I was at the game. First off, our team lacks heart and smarts. If FIFA wants the games to be watchable then they need to get serious and start straight red card players that waste time and fake injuries but what made me angry was seeing American players on the ground and talking to the refs. They need to play through fouls, stop the flopping, stop the discussions with the refs after every foul or non foul and stop the “injuries” that waste time. There was a point late in the game that an American player was on the ground with a cramp for several minutes. Either get subbed out or suck it up. We’re not going to have more skill than most elite teams so we need to play like Americans with heart and not Euro or Latin floppers.

  6. Thomas Russell says:

    A) The club model is not working in the US. Our best chance is to unleash the money and glamour of the NCAA sports machine on futbol. That means a refinement of Title IX that exempts football from the calculations such that the money spent on men’s and women’s athletics will be the same excepting football. That frees up the money for big time college soccer at big time schools. FYI, there are 14 schools in the SEC. Only 2 of them have men’s college soccer programs.

    B) I can understand other countries having a technical and tactical advantage at the attacking positions but what has happened to the quality of US defending? Both goals by COL last night resulted from pathetic defending by the US.

    C) When was the last time you could say that the USMNT, U23, etc side was the most physical team on the pitch? That was our hallmark 10-15-20 years ago. What happened?

    D) Is it time to recruit elite defensive backs from the upper ranks of D-1 college football and the NFL, teach them some rudimentary ball skills and unleash them on the world?

    Seriously, if they can cover NFL wide receivers and running backs, then maybe they can cover soccer players. I would truly like to see an experiment whereby NFL defensive backs were told to play man to man defense for an entire soccer match. No zone concept. Pure man to man. Wherever your man goes, you go. You can’t hit the guy in a football sense but you can use your body to screen him, bump him with your hips, use your shoulder, etc. in a futbol sense Yes it would take some refinement but the point is to see how well the elite defending footballers could defend elite attacking futbolers.

    As long time Olympic supporter and fan (attended LA Olympics in ’84 and ATL Olympics in ’96), I am disgusted that our U23 team failed to qualify AGAIN. This is unacceptable and must be rectified asap.

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