Copa América: Colombia takes 3rd place over USA

Carlos Bacca #7 of Colombia celebrates his first half goal against the United States during the 2016 Copa America Centenario third place match at University of Phoenix Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.
Copa América: Colombia takes 3rd place over USA

It’s one of the most bitter sweet games in fútbol…the third place match. A game where you know you didn’t make it to the desired final, but teams get one more shot at some “redemption” in a tournament.

Colombia was coming off a 0-2 loss to Chile in the semifinal, in what was a very sloppy game (literally, due to inclement weather). While the U.S. came into the match after a 0-4 drubbing against Argentina, a game in which they recorded zero shots.

It was a rematch, as well, as both teams faced off in the first match of the cup. Colombia took that game, 2-0, over the USA, so there was some need for revenge on the U.S. side of things. It was the second time both countries met in a Copa America semifinal since 1995 – Colombia defeated the USMNT 4-1.


The first 20 minutes were fairly dominant by Colombia, as they recorded over 60% possession. The USA did however win some of that possession back, as well as several opportunities.

In the 31st minute, Carlos Bacca got Colombia on the board, and took them into halftime up, 1-0.

The second half wasn’t quiet by any means. Many opportunities for both teams were presented, along with a lot of fouls.

Clint Dempsey, who had a solid tournament overall, almost netted for the US via free kick, but Colombia’s David Ospina made one of the best saves in the tournament.

Unfortunately, for both teams, there would be no more scoring in this clash, and Colombia took the third place victory, 0-1 anchored by their star James Rodriguez.

The U.S. will look to move forward after this tournament with some added confidence heading into the final games of qualification before the Hex.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011 and is a Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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