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USA vs Colombia live score, updates, highlights from USMNT friendly to close January camp

The United States will hope to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Serbia as they close out their January 2023 camp with a quick trip across the city of Los Angeles to meet Colombia at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The USMNT has a young, inexperienced roster that is looking to both gain international experience and gear up for the domestic season. Young American stars earned valuable minutes against Serbia in the loss, but mistakes doomed the USA as they learned some valuable lessons.

Led by acting head coach Anthony Hudson amidst what is likely to be a long, drawn out head coaching search, the U.S. will look for more positivity and cutting edge on the ball and also aim to cut out defensive errors suffered against an energetic Serbia squad on Wednesday.

After narrowly missing out on a 2022 World Cup place, Colombia have played just a smattering of friendlies since CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying ended last March. They emerged victorious from all four games they played since qualifying concluded, beating Saudi Arabia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Paraguay, with their last match coming in November. 

The Sporting News will be following the USA vs. Colombia match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

USA vs Colombia live score

  1H 2H Score
USA
Colombia

Goals:
None

Predicted lineups:

USA (4-3-3, right to left): 24. Slonina (GK) — 2. Gressel, 3. Zimmerman, 15. Long, 12. Tolkin — 19. Williamson, 23. Acosta, 6. Aaronson — 20. Cowell, 9. Ferreira, 7. Arriola.

Colombia (4-4-2, right to left): Montero (GK) — Mosquera, Llinas, N. Hernandez, Fabra —Borrero, Velasquez, Campuzano, Ruiz — C. Hernandez, Arango.

USA vs Colombia live updates, highlights, commentary

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

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.

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.

USA vs Colombia lineups, team news

It’s likely that acting head coach Anthony Hudson rings in the changes for this match. World Cup forward Jesus Ferreira could start, potentially alongside Brandon Vazquez who picked up a great goal on his debut Wednesday. Paxten Aaronson didn’t get time against Serbia, but could also feature, while Man of the Match Cade Cowell is a candidate for another start on the wing. 

USA projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Slonina (GK) — Gressel, Zimmerman, Long, Tolkin — Williamson, Acosta, Aaronson — Cowell, Ferreira, Arriola.

USA subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

MORE: US Soccer says they may not hire a USMNT head coach until the summer

Colombia manager Nester Lorenzo will be looking to the future with today’s match. The most experienced player in the Colombia squad by far is Boca Juniors full-back Frank Fabra, and he is a candidate to wear the captain’s armband.

Colombia projected starting lineup (4-4-2): Montero (GK) — Mosquera, Llinas, N. Hernandez, Fabra — Borrero, Velasquez, Campuzano, Ruiz — C. Hernandez, Arango.

Colombia subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

USA vs Colombia live stream, TV channel

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT
  • TV channel (English): TNT
  • TV channel (Spanish): Telemundo
  • Streaming (English): fuboTV
  • Streaming (Spanish): fuboTV, Peacock, Telemundo App

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.

MORE: Who will be USMNT head coach? Breaking down the candidates and latest news

USA vs Colombia rosters, squads

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.

USA roster vs Colombia

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 United States against Serbia. He played well in that defeat, but had to return to Mexican side Club America following the match, so he will not be available for this game against Colombia.

Position Player Age Club USA Caps
GK Roman Celentano 22 FC Cincinnati 0
GK Sean Johnson 33 Unattached 10
GK Gaga Slonina 18 Chelsea (ENG) 0
DEF Jonathan Gomez 19 Real Sociedad (SPA) 1
DEF Julian Gressel 29 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
DEF DeJuan Jones 25 New England Revolution 0
DEF Aaron Long 30 LAFC 29
DEF Jalen Neal 19 LA Galaxy 0
DEF Sam Rogers 23 Rosenborg (NOR) 0
DEF John Tolkin 20 NY Red Bulls 0
DEF Walker Zimmerman 29 Nashville SC 37
MID Paxten Aaronson 19 Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 0
MID Kellyn Acosta 27 LAFC 55
MID Aidan Morris 21 Columbus Crew 0
MID Paxton Pomykal 23 FC Dallas 1
MID Alan Sonora 24 Unattached 0
MID Eryk Williamson 25 Portland Timbers 4
FWD Paul Arriola 27 FC Dallas 48
FWD Cade Cowell 19 San Jose Earthquakes 1
FWD Jesus Ferreira 22 FC Dallas 16
FWD Matthew Hoppe 21 Middlesbrough (ENG) 6
FWD Emmanuel Sabbi 25 Odense (DEN) 0
FWD Brandon Vazquez 24 FC Cincinnati 0

Colombia roster vs. USA

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.

Position Player Age Club Colombia
Caps
GK Jose Chunga 31 Alianza Petrolera 2
GK Alvaro Montero 27 Millonarios 3
DEF Frank Fabra 31 Boca Juniors (ARG) 26
DEF Junior Hernandez 23 Deportes Tolima 0
DEF Nicolas Hernandez 25 Athletico Paranaense (BRA) 0
DEF Andres Llinas 25 Millonarios 2
DEF Juan David Mosquera 20 Portland Timbers (USA) 0
DEF Alexis Perez 28 Giresunspor (TUR) 0
DEF Andre Reyes 23 New York Red Bulls (USA) 0
MID Jorman Campuzano 26 Giresunspor (TUR) 2
MID Kevin Castano 22 Aguilas Doradas 0
MID Daniel Catano 30 Millonarios 0
MID Daniel Ruiz 21 Millonarios 0
MID Yilmar Velasquez 23 Deportivo Pereira 0
FWD Cristian Arango 27 LAFC (USA) 1
FWD Dylan Borrero 21 New England (USA) 0
FWD Didier Cambindo 26 Independiente Medellin 0
FWD Cucho Hernandez 23 Columbus Crew (USA) 2
FWD Santiago Moreno 22 Portland Timbers (USA) 1
FWD Diego Valoyes 26 Talleres (ARG) 3


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