USA – Colombia SOCCER PICKS
The VW night owls will also have plenty of time for this interland period. One of the most interesting posters is the practice match between the United States and Colombia, which compete against each other in the night from Thursday to Friday at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, USA.
After missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1986, the United States is doing everything it can to build a new team. Interim-national coach Dave Sarachan is still in control and certainly does not do well with his young team. For example, there was recently won from eternal rival Mexico and USMNT won a meritorious draw against Portugal. Neymar’s Brazil turned out to be too big for the previous interland period, but that is of course no shame.
In contrast to the previous interland period, there is now more experience with the Americans. Star player Michael Bradley (Toronto) is back again and is good for 140 caps on his own. Also attacker Bobby Wood (Hannover 96, 41 international matches) has of course the hits of the whip. Most of the selection, however, is young and inexperienced. No less than fourteen players have five or less international matches, including Fortuna Sittard-af-runner Andrija Novakovich and PSG super talent Timothy Weah. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Cristian Pulisic was initially also selected, but he had to cancel due to injuries. The Americans clearly look to the future.
Jose Pekerman held it after the World Cup as coach of Colombia, but interim national coach Arturo Reyes largely elaborates on his work. Twelve players who were eliminated in England in the eighth finals after penalties were again invited.
The Colombian selection therefore has few surprises. Well-known names such as Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez are once again part of the party at Los Cafeteros. Rodriguez has not been comfortable with Bayern Munich lately, but with the Colombians he is of course the big man in the midfield. Falcao scored last weekend on behalf of his club AS Monaco, which according to his own count meant his 300th goal in his career. He does well, although he is still 49 goals away from the Colombian record of Victor Aristizabal, the living legend from Medellin. In any case, the Colombians are looking forward to it. “There are no friendly matches for us,” said attacker Carlos Bacca. “The level is high, so everyone has to prove themselves time and time again.”