As the USMNT brought its January camp to a close, a fringe squad of youngsters looked to earn valuable minutes against Colombia and make a statement after defeat to Serbia three days prior.
While the first half was an entertaining, back-and-forth affair that was surprisingly scoreless at the break, the second half was dull and even more disjointed. The eventual scoreless draw was a fair result for two sides that looked stuck in mud.
Poor touches, bad giveaways and ugly finishing punctuated the messy 90 minutes of action. Neither side truly deserved a victory. The United States probably had the better chances in front of goal, but the likes of Matthew Hoppe, Paxten Aaronson and Brandon Vazquez couldn’t put away their chances. The match fell apart after the 65th minute as both sides rung the changes and ruined the flow.
Aaronson, the younger brother of USMNT regular Brenden Aaronson, is an exciting player who made his international debut in this match. He was bright in the first half, denied twice in front of goal by the Colombia back line. But he and Hoppe both faded after halftime, and with them went the U.S. attack’s brightest threats.
This brings us to a record 12 debuts during January camp: Aaronson, Jones, Gressel, Morris, Neal, Rogers, Sabbi, Slonina, Soñora, Tolkin, Vázquez & Zendejas
The previous high mark for debuts during matches prior to the start of the MLS season is 8, across 3 games in 2006. https://t.co/4ZoX5zp2bY
With January camp concluded, U.S. Soccer will now put its full focus on identifying those best suited to bringing this federation into the 2026 World Cup cycle. It needs to secure both a sporting director and permanent head coach.
The Sporting News followed the USA vs. Colombia match live and provided score updates, commentary and highlights as they happened.
USA (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Johnson (GK) — 4. D. Jones, 3. Zimmerman (Neal, 70′), 15. Long (Rogers, 72′), 12. Tolkin (Gressel, 81′) — 19. Williamson (Sonora, 46′), 23. Acosta, 6. Aaronson — 13. Hoppe, 9. Ferreira (Vazquez, 63′), 7. Arriola (Sabbi, 66′).
Colombia (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Montero (GK — Chunga, 46′) — 6. Mosquera, 3. Llinas, 5. A. Perez, 18. Fabra — 23. Borrero, 15. Velasquez, 21. Campuzano — 9. Arango (Cambindo, 46′), 14. C. Hernandez (Moreno, 69′), 7. Valoyes.
The first half was an entertaining 45 minutes of scoreless football, but that second half was a total, unmitigated mess for both teams.
Both sides will consider the 90 minutes valuable experience for young players, but there’s a lot to improve on as well. It was quite evident that both sides were deploying inexperienced teams that featured players at levels lower than the usual standard. Touches were off, giveaways were plenty, and finishing was poor.
There’s a lot of nuanced reasons for why this match was messy, but messy it was nonetheless. January camp ends with a whimper.
90th min: Chance, USA! Another free-kick for the USMNT in a dangerous area from Kellyn Acosta, who puts it on a platter for Brandon Vazquez in front of goal, but he just can’t get his toe to it under heavy pressure from a defender. That’s very close! If he had gotten a toe poke to it, that’d have been the winner.
Vazquez has to finish these.
That’s 2 set pieces he needed to do better with.#USMNT
88th min: Paxten Aaronson is quite clearly fouled atop the penalty area but nothing is given. The replay shows he was blatantly tripped from behind. Anthony Hudson gets in the ear of the fourth official, while Kellyn Acosta uses his captain’s privileges to ask the same of the official.
85th min: DeJuan Jones gets the ball on the overlap from Alan Sonora down the left, and wins a free-kick for the U.S. in a dangerous position. Kellyn Acosta’s delivery comes to the near post and Brandon Vazquez meets it with his head, but it’s all wrong and pops it up over the crossbar. He’s the guy you want on that, but if he had let it go, it might have ended positively as Emmanuel Sabbi and others were there at the far post to meet it. That kind of night for the USMNT.
You’ll be shocked to learn that the #USMNT is having problems finishing off chances tonight in front of net.
It’s almost like they don’t have a clinical goalscorer.
81st min: Another change for the U.S. as Julian Gressel comes on for John Tolkin. The Red Bulls defender was very solid, with good passing and great positioning. He was only beat once all night, caught high up the field early on, but otherwise was great throughout.
This might not be the prettiest showing from the #USMNT, but man, John Tolkin is feasting.
He’s been fantastic all night, both defensively and moving forward.
Solid ball progression, good awareness — overall a really, really solid showing.
78th min: The USMNT break the doldrums with a good counter-attack through Matthew Hoope down the left, who’s been lively. He wins a corner, which Kellyn Acosta delivers after the referee has a talk with the players in the scrum. It’s put on a platter but nobody rises to reach it, and it’s cleared. There’s a token shout for handball on a Colombian defender, but it’s not called, mostly because it’s not a handball.
Emmanuel Sabbi tries to build back forward, but gives it right back to Colombia, and then commits a yellow card offense. First U.S. player into the book tonight.
Should this have been a handball?
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74th min: The host of changes have completely sapped this match of any interest at all, as it’s become a snoozefest for the last 10 minutes. Both sides are in low gear and neither team has any interest in moving forward with any attacking intent. Players are still tussling one-on-one, but there’s little impetus. Paxton Aaronson shows his frustration by yanking Yilmaz Velazquez by the arm as they fight for a ball over the touchline.
69th min: More changes for both sides. Jalen Neal, who played all 90 minutes against Serbia on Wednesday, replaces Walker Zimmerman. Colombia counters with a change of their own, as Cucho Hernandez comes off for Santiago Moreno.
Moments later, the other U.S. center-back Aaron Long is replaced by Sam Rogers for his first cap.
64th min: This game has slowed a bit, with both teams taking a breather before the next inevitable wave of attacking pressure on both ends.
Emmanuel Sabbi comes on for his first USMNT cap, replacing Paul Arriola, who has been quiet this second half. Arriola’s last action was to misfire a cross up for Vazquez.
59th min: My goodness, Jesus Ferreira! The U.S. striker nearly dances around no fewer than five Colombia defenders, sending yellow shirts in his wake, but one gets a critical touch at the final moment before Ferreira can get a shot off. He’s SO close to producing a fabulous opening goal.
That’ll be one of Ferreira’s final actions of the match, as Brandon Vazquez is readied on the touchline.
56th min: Kellyn Acosta makes an excellent sliding challenge on Dylan Borrero, getting all ball before completing the tackle. Borrero collapses in a heap before getting up in Acosta’s face, and the American doesn’t back down. Not sure what he’s upset with, that was a stellar tackle.
53rd min: The back-and-forth nature of this match has continued after the break. Sean Johnson comes off his line to snatch a vertical delivery into the U.S. box before the hosts go down the other way and wins a set-piece opportunity. Kellyn Acosta finds Aaron Long’s head at the far post with his free-kick delivery, but his nod down in front of goal finds no U.S. attacker in place to pounce.
Matthew Hoppe then wins a corner, but Walker Zimmerman can’t get good contact with his head falling backwards to the turf. The U.S. has turned up the heat on this game the last few minutes.
48th min: Aaron Long makes an exceptional defensive play, first putting a great foot in to dispossess a Colombia attacker on the ball centrally before then making a second intervention while off balance from the first tackle.
A moment later Matthew Hoppe is whistled for a foul chasing a ball that’s walled off by the Colombia defense. Juan Mosquera is left in a heap, which is all a bit much, as there was hardly anything in that. He’s up and fine a few moments later.
46th min: There’s changes for both sides, as we’d expect. Alan Sonora is going to come on for the United States to replace Eryk Williamson, in a match where the midfield is up for grabs. Sonora had an up and down match against Serbia, while Williamson was decent today.
For Colombia, there’s a goalkeeper change as Jose Chunga comes on for Alvaro Montero, who was very good in his showing. Will that be a boost for the U.S. side? Cristian Arango also exits in favor of a new attacker in Didier Cambindo.
Anthony Hudson said to Telemundo the same thing that Julie Foudy said in her halftime analysis, that they want to regain control of the midfield after being a little too high-energy.
🇺🇸 Las impresiones de Anthony Hudson, asistente técnico de @USMNT.
🗣️ Platicó con @daniella_lg sobre cómo vio al ‘Team USA’ en el 1T y qué cambios hará para el 2T
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Three minutes of added time pass without event, and the halftime break arrives with no score. Both teams have been in search of goal, with an abundance of chances in front of net, but neither side has found the breakthrough. The hosts have had the better opportunities, with Paxten Aaronson twice denied in front of goal, while Matthew Hoppe was also rejected by Alvaro Montero.
We’ll see how both teams emerge for the second half, but Walker Zimmerman in his halftime interview hints at “a lot of changes” for the final 45 minutes. You’d expect the same from Colombia, who have three players who picked up first-half yellow cards.
Julie Foudy makes the right observation at halftime that the U.S. midfield is playing at maybe too high a pace, and they can’t settle this match. Pumping the brakes a bit might be helpful if they can grab a hold of the match.
That half had more gas than any Jan camp game I can recall in the past 20 years. Got to go back to the early 2000s when they played the Gold Cup in January to match it.
45th min: A big call here sees Paul Arriola rugby tackled on the edge of the penalty area by Colombia captain Frank Fabra. The referee does not point to the spot, but does whistle for a foul just outside the penalty area, and shows a yellow card to Fabra, the third of the half, all for Colombia players.
Replay shows the decision was the right one. Kellyn Acosta sends in a gorgeous delivery to the front of goal but Jesus Ferreira can’t get his head to it.
42nd min: Colombia continue to try and build forward to mixed success. A cross floats over Cristian Arango’s head, as the LAFC striker has had very little service up front. Neither of Colombia’s strikers have had much to do, with most of the chances falling to the midfielders.
37th min: Both sides continue to poke and prod. It’s a real surprise that this is still scoreless. Alvaro Montero has been great, but each defensive unit has also produced a few key last-ditch blocks. Otherwise this game would be sporting multiple goals. It’s been somewhat disjointed, but in an exciting way.
32nd min: Chance, USA! A brilliant chance for Matthew Hoppe, but instead of the opening goal it’s again saved by Alvaro Montero! Hoppe got free left of center off a lovely feed from Jesus Ferreira, and had only the goalkeeper to beat. Montero did exceptionally well to come off his line and cut off the shooting lane, and made his body big to make the save. Hoppe probably should have squared it to Arriola who was free on the far post for a tap-in.
27th min: The energetic start for the United States has faded somewhat, and Colombia have had longer spells of possession. They have found gaps in the U.S. midfield, and it’s seen them start to take control of the match.
Because of that, now it’s the U.S. who plays on the counter, and it nearly results in a chance for Jesus Ferreira but he’s defended well and produces a foul. After the play halts, a yellow card is shown to Colombia’s Diego Valoyes who hacked Paul Arriola in the buildup of that counter-attack.
I don’t think there is a player in the pool who plays harder for the #USMNT than Paul Arriola.
22nd min: This game is WIDE OPEN. Back and forth, and both defenses are sporting massive leaks. Colombia have a pair of efforts on goal, and the first one is blocked before the second is weak and stopped down low by Sean Johnson who collects calmly.
Most wide open I’ve seen a #USMNT game in a while. Both teams just in total f*** it mode. Massive gaps in both defenses, CB’s playing hero-ball with last-second blocks.
19th min: There’s a penalty shout for the United States for a handball on a Colombian defender, but it’s waved away and there is no VAR. A replay shows that it clearly touched the arm of Frank Fabra which was raised high in the air, but the ball had come off his own foot outstretched while leaping, which means there was really no advantage whatsoever gained on the incident. No penalty given, and probably rightly so.
17th min: Chance, Colombia! The U.S. have been extremely aggressive, and it’s resulted in a bit of a scattered defensive unit, leaving things open for Colombia on the break. A long-ball over the top takes a lucky deflection which wrong-foots Aaron Long, but Yilmar Velazquez doesn’t get the contact right on the shot and his slow-roller skitters wide.
Moments later, Cristian Arango has a go from the top of the penalty area, but drags his effort wide left. Dignity Health Sports Park explodes every time Colombia venture forward. It’s a somewhat hostile environment at home for the United States.
14th min: Chance, USA! Paxten Aaronson comes so close again! Paul Arriola produces a sensational backheel to open up a pair of teammates, and DeJuan Jones leaves it for Aaronson, whose shot was seeking the back of the net until Andres Llinas stuck his foot out behind him and managed to get a touch on the ball, blocking it just wide in the opposite direction. It’s another near-miss for the younger Aaronson!
2 – Brenden (19 years, 102 days) and Paxten (19 years, 155 days) Aaronson are the second pair of brothers to both make their @USMNT debuts as teenagers, joining Ken and Steve Snow in 1988. Prodigies. pic.twitter.com/N38qm4TUzD
12th min: Jesus Ferreira did well to spring Paul Arriola at the top of the penalty area, but the FC Dallas man fumbles the pass and wastes the chance. It’s a good find by Ferreira, who’s dropping deep to receive the ball in the buildup, and there should have been more on the end of that. The U.S. has been extremely creative through the opening minutes of this match, finding spaces where there seem to be none.
7 minutes of this match has already been better than the entire 90 minutes on Wednesday.
8th min: Now Colombia break for their first opportunity on the counter, with Diego Valoyes intercepting a pass in midfield and getting past John Tolkin, taking it the length of the attacking half himself. Sean Johnson makes an awkward but effective snag of Valoyes’s cross before it reaches its intended destination. A very energetic start to this match for both sides!
7th min: Chance, USA! Nearly a debut goal for Paxten Aaronson, but Alvaro Montero makes a good save! Matthew Hoppe secured a long ball from Walker Zimmerman in a very dangerous position on the left, and instead of taking it himself from a tight angle, he laid it off to Aaronson, but the young debutant didn’t get quite the right contact on the shot, and Montero can get down to his right to make the stop. The U.S. have been the better side early!
🔥 ¡LA PRIMERA DEL ‘TEAM USA’! 🔥
🇺🇸 @USMNT empieza a tocar la puerta de Colombia, pero Álvaro Montero 🇨🇴 se queda con la pelota.
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6th min: Brenden Aaronson is statistically one of the best pressing midfielders in the Premier League, and his brother Paxten is clearly capable in that department as well. He’s been a menace out of possession, and nearly gets a turnover on the left flank. Jesus Ferreira is energetic early as well against his birth country, chasing down passes in the Colombia defensive third as they look to build out of the back.
3rd min: Really, really late and dangerous challenge from Yilmar Velazquez and it’s a quick early yellow card for the Colombian midfielder. There’s not a ton of contact on Aaron Long, but he was very late and very aggressive, a two-footed hack that Long just barely managed to jump and avoid. It’s a rare early caution, but a deserved one.
2nd min: The U.S. is pressing very high early on, which reflects the pre-match interview from Anthony Hudson who harped on having energy and aggression in the opening minutes.
Kickoff: The end of January camp is here! These 90 minutes will be another chance for youngsters to impress or fringe players to earn more minutes. Certainly the U.S. won’t want to emerge from the winter week with two defeats, so the result is somewhat important today as well for momentum’s sake.
Captain Kel ©@KellynAcosta wears the armband tonight for the first time in his #USMNT career. pic.twitter.com/9dsiHRjnPR
2 mins to kick: Acting head coach Anthony Hudson is looking for energy straight off the opening whistle, asking for aggression from his side.
By the way, this certainly does NOT look like a sellout, like the USMNT billed it. The stadium is barely half full, as of now.
Turning up the intensity 📶
Anthony Hudson chats with @MelissaMOrtiz before kick 📺 pic.twitter.com/eHl9pjUWsA
7 mins to kick: He’s not exactly a beloved character with the USMNT fans (just search his name on Twitter and you’ll see what we mean), but Paul Arriola has been a dogged participant for the national team, earning his 50th cap with the start tonight. He becomes just the seventh action player to hold a half-century of national team appearances.
With tonight’s start, @PaulArriola becomes just the 7th active player to make 50+ appearances for the @USMNT. pic.twitter.com/Tswm7HeSU6
22 mins to kick: The TNT pregame crew has been discussing the recent departures from U.S. Soccer at the executive level. Kyle Martino and DaMarcus Beasley have not been shy in criticizing moves made by U.S. Soccer, and they have strong opinions on the direction of the program.
And Beasley says he’s fine with Anthony Hudson staying as interim manager for now.
35 mins to kick: There are a couple of goals for January camp that acting head coach Anthony Hudson will have his eyes on. There is an attempt to get key domestic-based USMNT players minutes during the offseason, but there’s also a serious eye on the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The United States will send a mostly youthful side to that match, with only a few exceptions allowed to the otherwise U-23 setup.
Cade Cowell and Gaga Slonina made a great impression against Serbia. Which of the young players will step up tonight. The eyes will mostly be on 19-year-old Paxten Aaronson and 21-year-old Matthew Hoppe, plus 19-year-old John Tolkin could make an impression. However, there is still a decent amount of experience in the side, with Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta, Sean Johnson, and Paul Arriola all dragging up the average age.
Average age: 25 years 306 days.
Average caps: 19.
Kickoff: 4:37 pm PT.
Viewing: TNT, Telemundo, Peacock.#usmnt
50 mins to kick: We have the Colombia lineup as well. The most interesting quirk is that both Cristian Arango and Cucho Hernandez start up front, but it looks like more of a 4-3-3 than a 4-4-2 meaning one of them will have to shift out wide. It will be interesting to see who moves to the wing, or if they decide to play off each other centrally somehow. More than likely it will be the LAFC man Arango to make way to the flank.
Will Dignity Health Sports Park be packed with Colombia fans hoping to see their team play? It’s likely that this won’t quite be the true home game the USMNT will maybe have hoped for.
La afición colombiana ya se encuentra presente en el Dignity Health Sports Park para el partido amistoso entre @USMNT 🆚 @FCFSeleccionCol 🇺🇸🇨🇴
65 mins to kick: The United States lineup is out. Despite his good performance against Serbia, rising young goalkeeping star Gaga Slonina is sat on the bench in favor of aging veteran Sean Johnson, who could be earning his final USMNT cap in this match, given the nod by Anthony Hudson as a reward for the extensive service time over his career. There is an exciting youngster in the lineup, however, as Paxten Aaronson gets the nod. The younger brother of U.S. regular Brenden Aaronson is for the future indeed.
DeJuan Jones and John Tolkin enter at the full-back positions, both left-sided players, so one will have to move to the right (probably Jones). Walker Zimmerman is again deployed in defense, but it’s Kellyn Acosta who wears the armband. Jesus Ferreira is up front, while Paul Arriola starts on the wing. Matthew Hoppe is also in the lineup, will he move out wide, or play up top alongside Ferreira in a 4-4-2?
From Medford to the #USMNT.
Starting today’s match, Paxten Aaronson joins older brother Brenden as the eighth set of brothers to appear for the Red, White and Blue. 🇺🇸
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73 mins to kick: The skeleton Colombia squad has arrived at Dignity Health Sports Park. Nine of the 20 members of Los Cafeteros squad are based domestically in Colombia, while six others are based in the United States with MLS sides. Over half the Colombia players (11) are seeking their first international cap.
There are some players on both sides of the pitch tonight that are club teammates, including Colombia’s Cristian Arango and USA’s Kellyn Acosta with LAFC, plus John Tolkin and Andres Reyes of the New York Red Bulls.
🇨🇴 ¡COLOMBIA PRESENTE!
💪 Los jugadores de @FCFSeleccionCol ya listos para el duelo 🆚 @USMNT 🇺🇸
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85 mins to kick: A lot has been made over Weston McKennie’s reported switch from Juventus to Leeds United. The American is not part of the squad for this friendly, as this is not an official FIFA international window. Instead, he is reportedly brokering a move from the beleaguered Serie A side to join up with his international teammates Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson in the Premier League.
On the one hand, McKennie is departing a perennial European participant in Juventus to join a Premier League relegation battle. While the Italian club likely won’t be involved in Europe next season after their point reduction from the latest scandal, they will surely be back sooner rather than later. However, McKennie gets to play for an American coach in Jesse Marsch who will be a good tactical fit for the midfielder, and his partnership with Tyler Adams can only help him at both the club and international level. Quite the interesting transfer saga!
MORE: Read all the latest news on McKennie’s reported transfer to Leeds United
Another perfect day in Southern California 😎 pic.twitter.com/5JFB6GXvsZ
103 mins to kick: The United States has just three victories against Colombia in 20 all-time meetings. Weirdly, all three meetings have come in southern California. This includes a 1994 World Cup win at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, plus the most recent win, a 2005 friendly victory in Carson.
Another perfect day in Southern California 😎 pic.twitter.com/5JFB6GXvsZ
120 mins to kick: The match tonight is being announced as a sell out, which is interesting given that Wednesday’s game against Serbia across town was sparsely attended. That could mean that the U.S. may face a somewhat hostile environment as Colombian fans flock to the stadium and give the visitors a bit of a jolt.
Plan ahead, arrive early because tomorrow’s match at Dignity Health Sports Park is. . .
𝗦 𝗢 𝗟 𝗗 𝗢 𝗨 𝗧. https://t.co/Ftis1XV22A
It’s was always likely that acting head coach Anthony Hudson rings in the changes for this match, and he does, swapping out 10 starters from the Serbia loss for tonight’s game.
World Cup forward Jesus Ferreira starts at the striker position, with Brandon Vazquez, who picked up a great goal on his debut Wednesday, sacrificed. Paxten Aaronson didn’t get time against Serbia, but features tonight, while Man of the Match Cade Cowell is sat in favor of Matthew Hoppe.
33-year-old Sean Johnson enters between the pipes, with Gaga Slonina sat despite a good performance on Wednesday. The match could serve as Johnson’s last USMNT appearance, with younger players likely to take over the goalkeeping slots as the 2026 World Cup cycle moves forward.
USA confirmed starting lineup (4-3-3): Sean Johnson (GK) — DeJuan Jones, Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long, John Tolkin — Eryk Williamson, Kellyn Acosta, Paxten Aaronson — Matthew Hoppe, Jesus Ferreira, Paul Arriola.
USA subs (12): Slonina (GK), Celentano (GK), Gressel, Gomez, Neal, Sonora, Pomykal, Rogers, Morris, Sabbi, Cowell, Vazquez.
The American XI in Carson 🇺🇸
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MORE: US Soccer says they may not hire a USMNT head coach until the summer
Just like the U.S. squad, manager Nester Lorenzo is looking to the future with today’s match. Still, he has decided to bring some experience into the side to help the young guns integrate into the match.
The most experienced player in the Colombia squad by far is Boca Juniors full-back Frank Fabra, and he starts and wears the captain’s armband. Both Cristian Arango and Cucho Hernandez get the start up front, and both are central strikers naturally, so it will be interesting to see who moves out wide and who stays in the middle.
Colombia confirmed starting lineup (4-3-3): Alvaro Montero (GK) — Juan David Mosquera, Andres Llinas, Alexis Perez, Frank Fabra — Dylan Borrero, Yilmar Velasquez, Jorman Campuzano — Cucho Hernandez, Cristian Arango, Diego Valoyes.
Colombia subs (9): Chunga (GK), N. Hernandez, Reyes, J. Hernandez, Moreno, Castano, Catano, D. Ruiz, Cambindo.
🚨Confirmado la titular de Colombia 🇨🇴
⚽Así saltará al terreno de juego el combinado Tricolor para enfrentar a los Estados Unidos:
Montero, Mosquera, Llinás, Pérez, Fabra, Campuzano, Velásquez, Borrero, Valoyes, Hernández y Arango. pic.twitter.com/9bDT3Tz07r
The USA vs. Colombia international friendly from Dignity Health Sports Park, the home of the LA Galaxy, will be televised in English on TNT. This January camp marked the first USMNT matches as part of the new exclusive media rights deal with Turner Sports, which runs through 2030.
The match will not be streamed on HBO Max as originally thought, as Warner Bros Disney still has kinks to work out contractually over its ownership of HBO and Turner. It can, however, be streamed on fuboTV which carries TNT.
The match is also available in Spanish on Telemundo, which can be streamed via fuboTV. The stream can also be accessed by subscribers to NBC streaming platform Peacock.
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Because this match does not fall during a designated FIFA international window, clubs did not have to release players for international duty.
Therefore, both teams have deployed a fringe roster that does not feature many star players on either side, with European-based players mostly absent.
The U.S. squad for this match is young with a sprinkle of established veterans like Walker Zimmerman, Paul Arriola, and Kellyn Acosta alongside recognizable names Sean Johnson and Aaron Long. But besides those mainstays, there is a host of young talent fans will be excited to watch take the field.
Highly touted Gabriel ‘Gaga’ Slonina, who just moved to Chelsea at 18 years old, is part of the squad and should get a look. Fellow teenager Paxten Aaronson, the younger brother of Leeds United and USMNT star Brenden Aaronson, is also on the roster after recently moving to German side Eintracht Frankfurt.
There was plenty of talk surrounding dual national Alejandro Zendejas, who accepted this call-up from the USA despite being utilized in the past by Mexico which triggered a fine by FIFA as he had not properly submitted a one-time switch from his time with the U.S. youth national team. He played well in the defeat to Serbia, but had to return to Mexican side Club America following the match, so he will not be available for this game against Colombia.
While the Colombia squad isn’t quite as fringe as Serbia was (four total caps between the 17 Serbian players entering Wednesday’s match), it’s still a very young and inexperienced group. Boca Juniors left-back Frank Fabra is the only player in the squad with more than three international caps, and even he has not been a significant contributor to Colombia since 2017.
There are six MLS players in the Colombian side, and Portland Timbers fans will be excited to see young right-back Juan David Mosquera who recently arrived last July. Another young MLS youth product is Revs forward Dylan Borrero who arrived last spring from Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro and was a spark off the bench at times.
LAFC forward Cristian Arango will be playing in the home city of his club, albeit at his archrival’s stadium. He has 32 goals in 54 MLS appearances for the club, and could see this as a chance to break into the senior side more regularly. Columbus Crew striker Cucho Hernandez was exceptional after arriving last summer from Watford and earned a call-up as well.