At the half: Colombia lead USMNT after dominant first half in Copa opener

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The 2016 Copa America Centenario is 45 minutes old, and already the U.S. national team panic button has been mashed after an opening half that saw Jurgen Klinsmann’s side thoroughly outplayed by the no. 3 team in the world, Colombia.

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Cristian Zapata put the “visitors” ahead after just seven minutes, thanks to this bit of shoddy set-piece defending and communication between Geoff Cameron and Michael Bradley.

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Going into the half at 1-0 wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side, but then the following happened in the 42nd minute. Whatever you think of the penalty decision, DeAndre Yedlin put his hand up and made contact with the ball after doing so. If you make the referee make a decision, you can have no gripes if he rules against you.

Through the first 45, the Yanks have managed all of six shots in total (zero on target), mostly due to the ineffectiveness as Clint Dempsey and Bobby Wood, who are deployed this evening as the center forward and left winger, respectively, while the Colombians have find far more joy on the other end, forcing Brad Guzan into making three saves in the first half.