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Colombia beat USA in Olympic Qualifier

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The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team fell short in its bid to reach the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio after a 2-1 defeat to Colombia in the Olympic Qualifying Playoff - 2nd Leg before 7,998 fans at Toyota Stadium on Tuesday night.

A pair of goals from Colombia's Roger Martinez either side a Deiver Machado own goal handed the South Americans an overall 3-2 aggregate win in the two-game playoff series. Colombia is awarded the last available berth to this summer's Olympic Games. 

After going behind in the first half, U.S. hopes were reignited midway through the second when Emerson Hyndman's lofted ball was head backward by Machado into his goal, briefly tying the match a 1-1 in the 58th minute. Six minutes later, Martinez bagged the winner off a cross supplied by Machado.

The USA continued pushing for a second equalizer, but had its drive cut down when Luis Gil was sent off for what referee Ravshan Irmatov deemed a second bookable offense in the 77th minute. Defender Matt Miazga was later sent off for bringing down a Colombia attacker to deny a goal scoring opportunity when he was the last man back on defense for the U.S in the waning moments of the game.


USA: 1-Ethan Horvath; 2-Kellyn Acosta, 3-Matt Miazga, 4-Tim Parker, 15-Desevio Payne (10-Luis Gil, 67); 6-Will Trapp (capt.), 8-Emerson Hyndman, 11-Paul Arriola (17-Jerome Kiesewetter, 46), 13-Matt Polster; 9-Jordan Morris (19-Khiry Shelton, 62), 16-Mario Rodriguez

Subs not used: 12-Cody Cropper, 7-Dillon Serna, 18-Tyler Miller, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 12-Cody Cropper, 14-Fatai Alashe, 20-Eric Miller

Not available: Shane O'Neill, Brandon Vincent, 16-Julian Green

Head Coach: Andres Herzog

COL: 1-Cristian Bonila; 13-Helibelton Palacios, 3-Yerry Mina, 4-Deiver Machado, 5-Davinson Sanchez, 9-Harold Preciado (16-Cristian Borja, 46); 14-Wilmar Barrios, 6-Jose Leudo, 18-Andres Felipe Roa (8-Yony Gonzalez, 90+1), 10-Juan Fernando Quintero (capt.) (11-Jarlan Barrera, 85); 17-Roger Martinez, 19-Guillermo Celis

Subs not used: 12-Luis Hurtado, 15-Juan Pablo Nieto, 20-Alvaro Montero, 7-Andres Renteria, 2-Jherson Vergara

Head coach: Carlos Restrepo

Scoring Summary:

COL - Roger Martinez (Andres Felipe Roa) 30th minute

USA - Own Goal (Deiver Machado) 58

COL - Roger Martinez (Deiver Machado) 64