The U.S. Men's National Team faces a talented No. 3 Colombia side that has brought 16 players from its 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. The USA and Colombia square off on Friday at Craven Cottage in London (2:45 p.m. ET, ESPN and UniMas).
IN FOCUS: COLOMBIA
Federación Colombiana de Fútbol
FIFA affiliation: 1936
Head Coach: José Pékerman
FIFA World Ranking: 3
Best World Cup Finish: 2014 (quarterfinals)
COLOMBIA ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Andres Castellanos (Independiente Medellin), Jose Cuadrado (Once Caldas), Camilo Vargas (Santa Fe)
DEFENDERS (8): Brayan Angulo (Ludogorets), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Pablo Armero (Milan), Eder Balanta (River Plate), Daniel Bocanegra (Atletico Nacional), Pedro Franco (Besiktas), Jeison Murillo (Granada), Cristian Zapata (Milan)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Abel Aguilar (Toulouse), Carlos Carbonero (Cesena), Edwin Cardona (Atletico Nacional), Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional), Juan Quintero (Porto), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa)
FORWARDS (5): Carlos Bacca (Sevilla), Yimmi Chara (Deportes Tolima), Teofilo Gutierrez (River Plate), Jackson Martinez (Porto), Adrian Ramos (Borussia Dortmund)
COLOMBIA ROSTER NOTES:
- Colombia advanced to quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and brings a large part of that roster to London with 16 players from that squad.
- The following were members of the 2014 World Cup team: goalkeeper Camilo Vargas; defenders Santiago Arias, Pablo Armero, Eder Balanta and Cristian Zapata; midfielders Abel Aguilar, Carlos Carbonero, Juan Cuadrado, Alexander Mejia, Juan Quintero, James Rodriguez and Carlos Sanchez; and forwards Carlos Bacca, Teofilo Gutierrez, Jackson Martinez and Adrian Ramos.
- Colombia went 3-0-0 during the Group C stage of the tournament with a 3-0 victory against Greece, a 2-1 victory against Ivory Coast and a 4-1 decision over Japan. In the Round of 16, Colombia blanked Uruguay 2-0 but then bowed out of the tournament in the quarterfinals with a 2-1 loss to Brazil.
- Real Madrid’s Rodriguez was an offensive force for Colombia throughout the World Cup with six goals, scoring in all five games and winning the tournament’s Golden Boot. He is the first Colombian player to earn that award.
- Rodriguez had one goal in each of Colombia’s group-stage wins. He then scored both goals during Colombia’s victory against Uruguay on June 28 and had the team’s lone penalty kick goal against Brazil on July 4.
- Teofilo Gutierrez is the top goal scorer among this roster with 13 goals, followed by Rodriguez (12) and Jackson Martinez (9).
- Brayan Angulo, Daniel Bocanegra and goalkeepers Leandro Castellanos and Jose Cuadrado have yet to earn a cap for Colombia’s national team.