Despite two stops by U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel on four attempts, the Americans fell in the penalty kick shootout after converting only one of their own chances in five attempts.
With the elimination, the U.S. failed to advance to the semi-finals for the first time in team history, having finished third place or better in the four previous tournaments. After winning the inaugural Gold Cup in 1991, the U.S. was runner-up in both 1993 and '98 and finished third in 1996.
"It's disappointing, obviously, to lose on penalty kicks," said U.S. Head Coach Bruce Arena, whose team is now 3-0-2 in 2000 (today's result goes on the record as a draw). "Today we lost two leads. We should be able to protect a lead with 10 minutes left."
Colombia's second tying goal came in the 82nd minute when forward Gerardo Bedoya settled a ball with his chest and volleyed a wicked 25-yard shot that snuck in the upper corner of the near post past a leaping Friedel.
The goal that gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead came in an unlikely fashion, as the ball never hit the ground until it fell from the back of the opposing net. The unique succession started when Friedel blasted a goal kick almost to the opposite penalty area, where McBride headed it toward goal and an onrushing Chris Armas volleyed the ball inside the left post in the 51st minute.
Team USA broke things open in the 20th minute when McBride rose high above two Colombian defenders to knock a header past Calero after a perfectly placed, high floating cross from midfielder Cobi Jones into the center of the penalty area. The assist gave Jones at least one point in each of the five U.S. games this year.
Colombia struck back in the 24th minute when midfielders Hector Hurtado and Faustino Asprilla beat the U.S. offside trap and raced in on goal with just Friedel to beat. After receiving the through pass, Hurtado dribbled into the box, drew Friedel out and patiently slipped a square pass to Asprilla, who was running even and knocked it inside the nearpost.
The American's record against the solid South American squad dropped to 2-8-2, with the last win being an important 2-1 upset in World Cup USA '94 at the Rose Bowl.
Next up for the U.S. is a friendly versus Tunisia on March 12 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. Kickoff for the game, which will be televised live on ESPN, is set for 2:30 p.m. ET.
In the other quarterfinal played in Miami today, Peru defeated Honduras 5-3 to advance and face Colombia on Wednesday (Feb. 23) at 8 p.m. (PT) at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
2000 U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
|Participants:||U.S. Men's National Team vs. Colombia National Team|
|Competition:||CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000 - Quarterfinal|
|Venue:||The Orange Bowl (Miami, Florida)|
|Date:||February 19, 2000 - kickoff 3:00 p.m. (ET)|
|Weather:||80 degrees - Sunny, Hot|
|Scoring Summary:||1st||2nd||1st OT||2nd OT||Final|
USA - Brian McBride, (Cobi Jones), 20.
COL - Faustina Asprilla, (Hectro Hurtado), 24.
USA - Chris Armas, (Brian McBride), 51.
COL - Gerardo Bedoya, (Unassisted), 82.
Penalty Kick Summary:
USA - Wynalda (missed high), Reyna (crossbar), Lewis (goal), Armas (saved), Olsen (saved).
COL Perez (missed high), Martinez (goal), Candelo (saved), Mosquera (goal).
USA - 1-Brad Friedel; 12-Jeff Agoos, 4-Robin Fraser, 23-Eddie Pope; 7-Eddie Lewis, 14-Chris Armas, 10-Claudio Reyna (Capt.), 13-Cobi Jones (19-Ben Olsen, 77), 9-Jovan Kirovski (21-Richie Williams, 27); 11-Eric Wynalda, 20-Brian McBride (5-C.J. Brown, 81).
COL - 1-Miguel Calero; 2-Andres Mosquera, 4-Carlos Fernando Asprilla, 5-Gonzalo Martinez; 6-Jorge Bolano (14-John Wilmar Perez, 61), 7-Hector Hurtado (9-Edwin Arturo Congo, 58), 8-Franky Oviedo, 10-Faustino Hernan Asprilla (Capt.), 11-Martin Zapata (17-Mayer Candelo, 70); 15-Gerardo Bedoya, 16-Bonner Mosquera.
|Bonner Mosquera (caution)||42.|
|Gerardo Bedoya (caution)||53.|
|Edwin Arturo Congo (caution)||80.|
|Eric Wynalda (caution)||85.|
|C. Asprilla (caution)||85.|
|Ben Olsen (caution)||91.|
|Gerardo Bedoya (ejection)||120.|
QUARTERFINALS MATCH REPORT
The Orange Bowl (Miami, Florida)
USA - Brian McBride, (Cobi Jones), 20.
Colombia advances to semifinals, winning penalty kick shootout, 2-1.
#3 - D, VANNEY Greg
#5 - D, BROWN C.J. (+82')
#16 - D, LLAMOSA Carlos
#18 - GK, MEOLA Tony
#19 - M, OLSEN Ben (+77')
#21 - M, WILLIAMS Richie (+27')
#22 - F, RAZOV Ante
#3 - D, CORTES Roberto Carlos
#9 - F, CONGO Edwin Arturo (+58')
#12 - GK, HENAO Juan Carlos
#13 - D, LOPEZ Ivan
#14 - M, PEREZ John Wilmar (+62')
#17 - M, CANDELO Mayer (+70')
#24 - CHITIVA Andres
3rd minute - Cross from Agoos along right wing, sails into penalty area where McBride and Lewis go up for a header. Foul called on Lewis.
5th minute - Brilliant defensive run by Robin Fraser strips ball from Martinez after a splitting 50 yard run through the middle of the field and into the penalty area.
6th minute - Long range shot from Colombia's #16, Mosquera, from 42 yards, beats a diving Friedel but ricochet's hard off the cross bar and back into play, where Robin Fraser collects and clears.
8th minute - Lewis sprung by nice backheel pass from McBride down left wing. Hits cross into the penalty area which is easily handled by Colombia goalkeeper Callero.
9th minute - U.S. free kick from right wing from Eddie Lewis swings into penalty area off his left foot and is headed out by Colombia. Rebound eventually falls to Agoos at top of penalty area, whose shot deflects wide.
11th minute - Friedel miskicks back pass from Fraser that ricochets off a Colombia forward for a goal kick.
13th minute - U.S. free kick from deep along the right wing (after a foul on McBride) is taken by Lewis. Ball is headed defensively by Colombia toward goal, where Callero makes great play to keep out of the goal. Save rebounds to Kirovski, whose shot from six yards in traffic is deflected out for a corner. On the ensuring corner, Kirovski heads wide of the left post.
16th minute - An excellent chance for the U.S. passes after Jones frees Wynalda with a long ball down the right wing. Wynalda sprints free with the ball into the penalty area, cuts back and tries to find McBride lingering at the top of the box. The ball ends up on the foot of Lewis, who cuts it outside left and then slices the ball back in front of the goal where it slides beheind the U.S. offense and is played out of danger.
Note: Each team has committed 4 fouls.
18th minute - Eddie Pope sneaking forward on the right wing, hits a cross into the penalty area that is snared by Callero.
20th minute - Wynalda takes a long ball out of the air at the top of the penalty area, controls and lays it off to Cobi Jones who flights soft cross from outside of penalty area to McBride who soars above a defender to easily head home from six yards into right side of the goal past Callero. U.S. Leads 1-0
Note: Jones has points in five consecutive games for the U.S. (3 goals, 2 assists). McBride now has 10 goals in 38 international appearances.
24th minute - A quick ball forward out of the midfield springs a breakaway for Colombia. With Hurtado ahead of the chasing U.S. defense, he breaks into the left side of the penalty area and calmly slides a ball straight across the field for Faustino Asprilla to smack past a diving Friedel into the right side of the goal from 12 yards. The match is tied at 1-1.
27th minute - U.S. Substitution: Richie Williams replaces Jovan Kirovski (
Note: Each team has committed 7 fouls.
38th minute - After a very hectic opening 25 minutes, which saw two goals, a shot off the crossbar (by Colombia) and a goalline clearance (by Colombia), the game has settled down across the last 12 minutes with no goal mouth action.
39th minute - In their first foray towards goal in 10 minutes, Claudio Reyna gets some space along the right wing outside the penalty area, but floats across past the far left post and out of play.
40th minute - Reyna plays a great looping ball down the center of the field to an on-rushing Wynalda, but after one bounce, he can't control it in the penalty area and it is cleared out for a corner kick. The corner is taken by Lewis and punched out of danger.
41st minute - A combination outside of the penalty area from Reyna to Armas to McBride ends when McBride's last touch back to Reyna, circling into the right side of the area, is tackled away by Colombia.
42nd minute - Colombia yellow card (Mosqueira for foul on Cobi Jones outside the penalty area).
43rd minute - On the free kick, Eddie Lewis hits a blistering left footed drive that is ear-marked for the upper left corner of the goal, but Callero comes up big again and dives to tip it just over the crossbar for a corner kick. On the ensuing kick, a foul is called on the U.S.
46th minute - Free kick for the U.S. deep on the right wing after Bedoya fouls Jones.
47th minute - Lewis hits a cross into the area that is well-placed but headed out of danger by Colombia. The ref immediately blows the whistle for halftime.
END OF REGULATION Teams will now go into overtime to determine which side advances to Wednesday's semifinal.
END OF FIRST 15-MINUTE OVERTIME PERIOD
END OF SECOND 15-MINUTE OVERTIME PERIOD The teams will now use a penalty kicks to decide a semifinalist. Five rounds initially, more if they are still tied.
The U.S. remains unbeaten in 2000 with a 2-2 tie, but will not advance to semifinals of CONCACAF Gold Cup after Colombia secures a 2-1 penalty kick shootout victory.
Last update: End of Match.
Referee: BATRES Carlos (GUA)
Assistant Referee: RAGOONATH Michael (TRI)
Assistant Referee: RUIZ Virgilio (BLZ)
Fourth Official: RAMDHAN Ramesh (TRI)