Columbia vs. United States: clean slate

Columbia vs.  United States: clean slate

The Colombia national football team will start its year this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a friendly against the United States, a team in crisis after the World Cup in Qatar due to the domestic violence scandal whose latest defendant was accused coach, Gregg Berhalter.

The game will be played at Dignity Health Sports Park stadium in Carson, California.

The coffee growers’ coach, the Argentinian Néstor Lorenzo, called for this match a group of players active in the MLS and from the leagues of Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Turkey because the match is not played on a FIFA date.

The group called up is led by forwards Juan Camilo ‘Cucho’ Hernández, of the MLS Columbus Crew, and Cristian ‘Chicho’ Arango, goalscorer for Los Angeles FC.

Players like winger Santiago Moreno, of the Portland Timbers, also stand out on Lorenzo’s roster; the central defender Nicolás Hernández, from Athlético Paranaense; the striker Diego Valoyes, from Talleres de Córdoba, and the winger Frank Fabra, from Boca Juniors and the one who has played the most games with Colombia on the list.

Valoyes, who made his debut in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Qatar with the national team, assured that Lorenzo’s idea with this friendly match is to consolidate the team for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers and the 2024 Copa América.

“The coach has a clear idea: that we are going to present what we have, what we train and continue to consolidate ourselves as a group for what is to come,” said the Talleres de Córdoba footballer.

The Colombian squad worked in Barranquilla for a few days and arrived in Bogotá last Monday where they completed preparations for the friendly match for which they traveled to the US the following day.

CONTROVERS IN THE US

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) opened an investigation to learn more about what happened in the domestic violence case Berhalter was accused of and appointed Anthony Hudson as interim coach for January’s friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.

Berhalter released a lengthy statement at the beginning of the month explaining that during the World Cup in Qatar, someone contacted the USSF claiming they had “information” about him that would “end” his career in the federation.

The coach himself, whose contract with the US team expired after the World Cup and has not yet been renewed, explained in a statement signed with his wife that in 1991 he had a strong “quarrel” with his then girlfriend, and now a woman, Rosalind , and that he ended up “kicking him in the legs”.

In the midst of this scandal, the United States played against Serbia last Wednesday, a match in which the Europeans won 1-2 with goals from Luka Ilic and Velijko Simic, while FC Cincinnati striker Brandon Vázquez scored for the North American team.

In this game, Coach Hudson had midfielders Cade Cowell and Alejandro Zendejas as standouts, who excelled and led their team on offense.




Source: El heraldo

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