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2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff - USA vs. COL

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D 5-10 150 Plano, Texas FC Dallas
M 6-0 175 Northville, Mich. San Jose Earthquakes
M 5-8 145 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
GK 6-4 200 Maple Grove, Minn. MK Dons (England)
M 5-9 155 Garden Grove, Calif. Querétaro (Mexico)
M 5-7 140 Tampa, Fla. Bayern Munich (Germany)
GK 6-3 185 Highland Ranch, Colo. Molde FK (Norway)
M 5-9 155 Dallas, Texas Fulham (England)
F 6-0 165 Berlin, Germany VfB Stuttgart (Germany)
D 6-4 185 Clifton, N.J. Chelsea FC
D 6-2 165 Woodbury, Minn. Colorado Rapids
GK 6-4 195 Woodbury, N.J. Seattle Sounders FC
F 5-11 185 Mercer Island, Wash. Seattle Sounders FC
D 6-2 190 Boulder, Colo. Cambridge United (England)
D 6-2 190 Hicksville, N.Y. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D 5-11 160 Greenwood, S.C. FC Groningen (Holland)
D 6-0 170 Milwaukee, Wisc. Chicago Fire
F 6-1 180 North Hollywood, Calif. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
M 5-7 145 Brighton, Colo. Colorado Rapids
F 6-2 175 Leander, Texas New York City FC
M 5-10 150 Gahanna, Ohio Columbus Crew SC
D 5-11 175 Valencia, Calif. Chicago Fire
D 6-3 185 Lawrenceville, Ga. FC Dallas

2016 Olympic Qualifying Playoff - USA vs. COL

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Plano, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Northville, Mich.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chula Vista, Calif.

Club:
Club Tijuana (Mexico)

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
200

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Maple Grove, Minn.

Club:
MK Dons (England)

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Garden Grove, Calif.

Club:
Querétaro (Mexico)

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Tampa, Fla.

Club:
Bayern Munich (Germany)

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Highland Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Molde FK (Norway)

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Club:
Fulham (England)

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Berlin, Germany

Club:
VfB Stuttgart (Germany)

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Clifton, N.J.

Club:
Chelsea FC

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Woodbury, Minn.

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-4

Weight:
195

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Woodbury, N.J.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Mercer Island, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Boulder, Colo.

Club:
Cambridge United (England)

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-2

Weight:
190

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Hicksville, N.Y.

Club:
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Greenwood, S.C.

Club:
FC Groningen (Holland)

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Milwaukee, Wisc.

Club:
Chicago Fire

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
North Hollywood, Calif.

Club:
Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Brighton, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rapids

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-2

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Leander, Texas

Club:
New York City FC

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
150

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Gahanna, Ohio

Club:
Columbus Crew SC

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Valencia, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Fire

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-3

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Club:
FC Dallas

How They Got Here: Colombia

Drawn into Group A with the United States, Paraguay and Costa Rica, Colombia's journey through the Copa America Centenario comes full circle with a rematch of their opening day fixture against the U.S.

June 3rd | USA | Santa Clara, California: Los Cafeteros got off to a quick start at Levi's Stadium against the host nation. Eight minutes into the opening match of the tournament, Edwin Cardona picked out Cristian Zapata from a corner kick, who sent a thundering volley past Brad Guzan. As halftime drew near, Colombia were awarded a penalty kick after DeAndre Yedlin handled the ball in the area. Real Madrid's James Rodriguez slotted the ball home and Colombia held off the U.S. in the second half and began the tournament with a 2-0 victory.

Though not playing their best game, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman shouldn't be surprised to see a rematch against the USA. After the game, he had this to say about the MNT.

"I won't say this was a perfect example of their ability, but the U.S. team has evolved from what we saw in Brazil."

June 8th | Paraguay | Pasadena, California: In a match that followed the MNT's 4-0 win against Costa Rica, Colombia knew three points against Paraguay would be enough to qualify for the quarterfinals with a game left to spare. Los Cafeteros again wasted no time finding themselves ahead after a 12th minute strike from Carlos Bacca. James Rodriguez, after an injury scare against the U.S. almost kept him on the sidelines, scored his second goal in as many games to give Colombia a 2-0 lead heading into the break.

Paraguay did manage to make things interesting in the second half, as David Ospina was beaten for the first time all tournament when Victor Ayala scored in the 71st minute. Colombia kept their cool and saw out a 2-1 victory, becoming the first team to reach the Copa America Centenario knockout phase.

June 11th | Costa Rica | Houston, Texas: With first place on the line, Pekerman decided to rest a few starters for their final group stage match against Costa Rica. Needing only a draw to clinch first place, Colombia found themselves down almost immediately when Johan Venegas scored Costa Rica's opening goal of the tournament in the second minute.

Though continuing the theme of early goals for Colombia, Frank Fabra equalized five minutes latet to put the Colombians on top of the group for the time being. But after a Fabra own goal and Celso Borges strike, Colombia were down 3-1 with only 30 minutes left to play. Marlos Moreno brought one back for Los Cafeteros, but Costa Rica were able to hold on for the final 15 minutes, consigning Colombia to second place in the group.

After the match, Pekerman defended his team selection.

"We cannot draw conclusions," the Colombia boss said. "The bet was risky with some guys and we hope it doesn't cost us."

June 17th | Peru | Foxborough, Massachusetts: Pekerman's decision turned out not to be too costly in the end, as Peru upset Brazil in Group C to set up a showdown with Colombia in New England. In a pretty even match, the sides duked it out for 90 minutes and played to a 0-0 draw. In accordance with Copa America rules, the match went straight to penalties.

James Rodriguez and Juan Cuadrado converted the first two penalties for Colombia as their Peruvian counterparts did the same. On the third kick, David Ospina saved Miguel Trauco's, setting up Sebastian Perez who put Colombia ahead 4-2. Christian Cueva stepped up and hit it over the bar, and Colombia advanced to the semifinals.

June 22nd | Chile | Chicago, Illinois: Fifteen years after their only Copa America triumph, Colombia faced a dangerous Chile side and hoping to make it back to the final for the first time since 2001. Coming off a drab 0-0 draw against Peru, form wasn't exactly in Los Cafeteros' favor. Chile was coming off a 7-0 thumping of Mexico in their quarterfinal and are the defending Copa America champions.

La Roja's scoring form carried over from the start as they took a 2-0 lead within the first 11 minutes. Colombia could not find their scoring boots for the remaining 80 minutes and fell short of repeating their Copa America title-winning performance of 2001.

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