The USMNT are looking to rebound from their first loss on home soil in more than three years when they host Colombia in an international friendly match on Saturday night. A youth-driven American squad had its moments in the first match since the World Cup on Wednesday night, but Serbia rallied for a 2-1 victory. The United States are without their top stars as they compete during the European club season, so interim manager Anthony Hudson is focused on bringing along the young talent. He could turn to the team's established MLS veterans for this one, though, as the USMNT haven't beaten Colombia since 2005 (0-1-5). Los Cafeteros haven't played since November but are on a strong run despite falling short of World Cup qualification.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at La Galaxy's Dignity Health Sports Park. The Americans are slight +135 favorites (risk $100 to win $135), with Colombia +185 underdogs, in Caesars Sportsbook's latest USMNT vs. Colombia odds. A draw is priced at +215 and the over/under for total match goals is set at 2.5. Before locking in any Colombia vs. USMNT picks, you need to see what proven SportsLine soccer expert Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated almost $33,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season.
Green is 18-16 on his soccer picks in 2023 and went 23-23-1 on his World Cup selections. He also crushed his tournament predictions on the Early Edge. He backed the USMNT to advance (+100), Kylian Mbappe to win the Golden Boot (+900) and Netherlands, England and Argentina all to win their groups (+210) among his correct picks.
Now, Green has broken down USMNT vs. Colombia from every angle and just revealed his picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Colombia vs. USMNT:
- USMNT vs. Colombia spread: USMNT -0.5 (+140)
- USMNT vs. Colombia over/under: 2.5 goals
- USMNT vs. Colombia money line: USA +135, Colombia +185, Draw +215
- USMNT: The Americans have allowed more than one goal in three of their past 10 games
- COL: Columbia have scored at least two goals in five of their past 10 matches
- USMNT vs. Colombia picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why you should back the USMNT
The young American team came away with a lot of positives Wednesday despite the loss. On paper, they dominated the match. The Americans had a 20-11 shot advantage on Serbia and held 62% possession but gave up chances on the counter. Cade Cowell, a 19-year-old San Jose Earthquakes forward, had a man of the match performance with several scoring chances, including two off the post. Gabriel Slonina became the youngest goalkeeper to start for the USMNT, and while he allowed two goals, the 18-year-old also made several big saves.
FC Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez, 24, also was among eight players making their debuts and scored his first international goal. Vazquez had 18 in MLS last season, tied for fourth in the league with Jesus Ferreira, among others. Ferreira has seven goals in 16 matches for the national team and could be among the MLS veterans who return to the starting lineup Saturday. Paul Arriola (10 international goals) and Kellyn Acosta (56 caps) also came off the bench Wednesday. There is experience in the back, with Walker Zimmerman anchoring the defense.
Why you should back Colombia
Colombia will be far fresher than the Americans, and they have a lot of youthful talent to put out there. They have won six straight matches, including two World Cup qualifiers. Colombia finished one point behind Peru, who went on to lose to Australia in the inter-confederation playoffs for Qatar. They also are relying on numerous MLS players, and they have nine players from the Colombian Primera A. They include goalkeeper Alvaro Montero, who is one of four from Primera A champions Millonarios. The 27-year-old led the league with 25 clean sheets.
The Colombians have some dangerous youngsters up front to test the USMNT defense. Cucho Hernandez, 23, has two goals in two international matches and had nine in just 16 matches for Columbus Crew in MLS last season. Santiago Moreno, 22, had seven goals and six assists for Portland Timbers, and 21-year-old Dylan Borrero scored three in seven starts for the New England Revolution.
How to make USMNT vs. Colombia picks
Green has scrutinized the Colombia vs. USMNT match from every angle. He is leaning Over the goal total and provides two other confident best bets and has his full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing those picks here.
So, who wins USMNT vs. Colombia? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Colombia vs. USA, all from the European soccer expert who has generated almost $33,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons, and find out.