The U.S. got its Copa America campaign off to a horrific start on Friday, showing little quality in a 2-0 loss to Colombia in the cup opener. Here are three things to know about the loss, as well as player ratings for the Americans.

1. The team just didn't show up

It was an uninspiring performance, despite what Jurgen Klinsmann said. The manager thought the match was even, but it was far from it. The Americans were outclassed and outmatched, rarely threatening.

There are plenty of issues with this team, but the biggest are the chemistry and passion. Another performance like this, and the team's cup is over. From the middle where the passing wasn't smooth to the defense failing to show up on the opening goal, it was a night to forget.

2. No juice in attack, but it's not like Jozy Altidore or others would have made a difference

The attack is as stale as can be. Bobby Wood didn't get enough time at forward as he was stuck on the wing. Gyasi Zardes offered little. Clint Dempsey couldn't convert his two chances.

You can call it unlucky, but Colombia could have had more and looked to be on its way to a more comfortable win. It's time for Darlington Nagbe to get a start and for things to change in attack. Like, now. Not even a good Jozy Altidore could help this team.

3. Another loss, and it's time to pack your bags

The U.S. is in a tough spot now. If the team can win its last two games, it will surely be into the quarterfinals. But a little slip up with a draw complicates things, and a loss will likely be enough to eliminate the U.S. in the end.

Next up is Costa Rica on Tuesday, and it's a game the U.S. should win with star goalkeeper Keylor Navas out with an injury for the Ticos. But based on Friday's performance, there isn't a lot of confidence in the team getting a good result. There's a lot of work to do from now until Tuesday.

Player Ratings

GK - Brad Guzan (5.5): You couldn't blame him for either goal, but I do question him at times when he comes off the line.

DEF - John Brooks (5.5): Held his own for the most part but struggled when going in for the ball at times. Needs to be more physical.

DEF - Geoff Cameron (5.0): He didn't show his best of skill, failing to adapt to the situation on the first goal as Cristian Zapata scored after being left wide open. Held his own for the rest of the game though.

DEF - Fabian Johnson (5.5): This guy needs to be playing as a winger in attack. Just a waste having him at the back. Didn't get into the game at all.

DEF - DeAndre Yedlin (5.0): I feel for the former Seattle Sounders man, who gave up the penalty kick with a handball. He showed great effort though but was caught out of position too much.

MID - Michael Bradley (4.0): The former Roma man got worse as the game went on, and he started losing possession. His set pieces weren't great either. Just poor.

MID - Jermaine Jones (4.0): He is a 34-year-old midfielder. The rest writes itself.

MID - Alejandro Bedoya (5.0): Worked his tail off but got frustrated. Never really a factor.

FWD - Gyasi Zardes (5.0): It took him about half an hour to get into the game. Like most, he showed good effort, but that's it. It feels like he is going to get congratulated after the match like a 12-year-old. "Great effort."

FWD - Bobby Wood (5.0): The forward was stuck out wide and never threatened. He has the talent to be a consistent goalscorer, but playing that wide takes him out of the attacking chances.

FWD - Clint Dempsey (6.5): Dempsey had two really good chances and came close with both. And that was the difference in getting back in the game and getting blanked.


FWD - Darlington Nagbe (5.0): Second-half sub that didn't get into the game much.

MID - Christian Pulisic (5.0): Colombia controlled the ball a bit towards the end and the young Dortmund man didn't get to show off his stuff.

MID - Graham Zusi (N/A): Late sub who didn't get to make an impact.


Jurgen Klinsmann (3.5): He said he thought his team played well and that it was an even match. What game was he watching?

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