The Colombian National Team faces the United States in the first friendly match of the two to be played at the end of October. In this match, the local team and our country left the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, to start a new path with a view to the next World Cup event and the competitions that will be held before it. , such as the Paris Olympic Games. 2024.
Colombia is without Catalina Usme, Catalina Pérez, Diana Ospina and Mayra Ramírez, due to injury, but they have Linda Caicedo, one of the revelations of women’s football in the world. The team, which after the departure of Nelson Abadía is led by Angelo Marsiglia, an expert in all categories of women’s football at the National Team level and a coach respected by the players.
Colombia came out with a 4-4-2 structure with Lorena Bedoya, Daniela Montoya, Marcela Restrepo and Leicy Santos in the second line of four and with a double nine with Linda Caicedo and Ivonne Chacón. Meanwhile the United States came out with a 4-3-3. USA also has a new coach, following the departure of Vlatko Andonovski, Twila Kilgore, taking over on an interim basis.
In the first minutes, Colombia tried to dominate his opponent with an exit from the wings, especially on the right with Restrepo always trying to find Leicy Santos and also on the left trying to find the foot of Linda Caicedo . In the first 15 minutes, the visitors were a little more dominant, they always played in the opposite field and did more for the game.
The United States began to settle the field of play with their middle three of Girma, Sullivan and Dunn and the work above Fox gave the Colombian defenders a little work. When tested by the local team, Colombia had the two most sacrificed players Leicy Santos and Daniela Montoya.
Colombia has a high block, with defenders in the middle of the field and with a lot of space given to the Americans, in this way, it makes the USA some fouls near the Naeher goal, but it also gave some advantages to the defense, advantages that the locals They failed to take advantage of an arrival in the 25th minute of Alex Morgan.
A few minutes before the end of the first half, a foul by Daniela Arias on Willimas caused the referee of the match to order a penalty kick. Alex Morgan charged, but his shot hit the left post of Natalia Giraldo and on the rebound his shot went over the goal. Colombia finished a good first half with no goals.
Second round: Tie with Utah
Colombia started the second half the same, but Colombia lost the same things as in the first half. the finishing work in the last quarter of the court where he could not find Caicedo, Chacón or Leicy Santos clearly and well positioned.
Colombia lost the ball and stopped in their own field from the 55th minute of the second half. The United States found spaces, tried to take advantage of them, but the national team stood well in the defensive zone dominated by Carabalí and Arias, preventing the danger of reaching the aerial game after a game ball and to play.
The United States dominated with Williams, Sonnett and Rodman himself, who with control and speed made their team have numerical superiority in the midfield and that Colombia had no option to recover the ball.
In one of the arrivals from the United States, Colombia expected and achieved a counterattack that they put together well and that ended with Lorena Bedoya not being able to finish it in the same way. His shot landed in the hands of Naeher, who for the first time in the game saw danger reach his goal.
Colombia’s next friendly match against the United States is Sunday, October 29 in San Diego, California at 4:30 pm, Colombia time.