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3 things from Colombia's 1-0 win over the USMNT

The Americans reached Jurgen Klinsmann's stated goal of reaching the Copa America semifinal, but will leave the tournament having lost two games in a row.

On Saturday night, the United States men's national team played much better than they did in their Copa America semifinal loss. They were much better against Colombia in the third place game than they were against Los Cafeteros in the group stage as well. But despite this being the best performance out of those three matches, the result was the same -- a shutout loss. Carlos Bacca scored the only goal for either side in Colombia's 1-0 win.

James Rodriguez set up the winner in the 31st minute with a brilliant chip into the box that found the head of Santiago Arias. He nodded towards the center of the box, where Bacca just barely got a touch, but it was enough to direct the ball into the back of the net.

The USMNT came out to start the second half with some serious urgency and nearly got on the board in the 51st minute. Clint Dempsey placed a brilliant free kick near the top corner, but David Ospina made an excellent save.

Both teams had chances to score during a wild sequence on the hour mark. Juan Cuadrado had Tim Howard badly beaten with a chipped shot, but it hit the crossbar. A minute later, the USMNT had their best chance of the match when Bobby Wood hit the post.

The Americans had more chances than Colombia from then on, but couldn't convert, nor did they make Ospina work particularly hard.

United States: Howard, Orozco (red 90'), Besler, Cameron, Yedlin, Zardes, Bradley (Nagbe 79'), Jones, Bedoya (Pulisic 74'), Dempsey, Wood

Goals: None.

Colombia: Ospina, Fabra, Murillo, Zapata, Arias (red 90'), Torres, Celis (Medina 87'), Cardona, Rodriguez, Cuadrado (Moreno 74'), Bacca (Martinez 79')

Goals: Bacca (31')

Three things

Wood, Jones and Bedoya are important -- If the USMNT had their best squad available, they probably still would have lost to Argentina. But it was clear from kickoff against Colombia that the three players who were suspended for that game are enormous difference makers. And while Wood and Bedoya, in particular, were once fringe players on the team, they've now staked a claim as first-choice starters.

James Rodriguez did what he came to Copa to do -- While Colombia probably came to Copa America thinking they could win the tournament and will be disappointed to have not done it, James will be happy with his individual performance. His stock has dropped considerably after a tough season for Real Madrid, but he was probably the best non-Messi attacker at this tournament. He was, at the very least, its most creative player. He'll feel like he has a better chance of getting playing time for Madrid or securing a big-time transfer after having a great tournament.

Can the USMNT move forward now? -- Jones, Clint Dempsey, Brad Guzan and Michael Bradley all did enough at this tournament to stick around the USMNT. They're certainly not past the point of being useful. But they've taken the team as far as they can as its centerpieces, and it's time to start giving starts to some new faces ahead of the Hex. Klinsmann has just under a year before difficult qualifying games start to get new talent blended into the squad and ready to start in competitive games.