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US remains sluggish in draw with Colombia

Associated Press / October 13, 2010

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With the United States experimenting again with a new formation, the Americans finished the home portion of their 2010 schedule with a dull 0-0 draw against Colombia last night at Chester, Pa., that extended their three-year winless streak against South American opponents to nine matches.

Eric Lichaj and Brek Shea made their national team debuts, among the only highlights on a night US coach Bob Bradley changed five starters from Saturday’s 2-2 tie against Poland in Chicago.

The US is 4-5-4 this year, in danger of its first losing record in a year since going 5-6-7 in 1997. The Americans complete 2010 play Nov. 17, when they return to South Africa for an exhibition against Bafana Bafana in Cape Town.

Since a 3-1 exhibition win over Ecuador in March 2007, the Americans are 0-7-2 against South American nations.

Both sides showed more life in the second half, with Lichaj and midfielder Jermaine Jones having notably strong games.

Michael Bradley put the ball in the net in the 73d minute after Benny Feilhaber, who entered in the 59th minute, passed to Jozy Altidore on a free kick. The goal was disallowed because Bradley and Altidore both were offside.

After trying out a 4-2-3-1 formation during the draw against Poland, Bradley experimented with a 4-3-3 formation in the first half that turned into more of a 4-5-1, with son Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, and Jones all in defensive roles.

Without Landon Donovan, who stayed with the Los Angeles Galaxy this week, and Clint Dempsey, who began the night on the bench, the US had no attack in the first half.

Dempsey and Eddie Johnson were among four changes at the start of the second half, entering with Lichaj and fellow defender Michael Parkhurst.

Lichaj, a 21-year-old with Aston Villa, and Shea, a 20-year-old midfielder with FC Dallas, made their national team debuts.

MLS — Davy Arnaud and Michael Harrington scored to help Kansas City defeat Chicago, 2-0, at Bridgeview, Ill., ending the Wizards’ three-match losing streak and keep alive their playoffs hopes.

The Wizards need to win their last two matches and have Colorado lose its last two to take the final playoff spot. Kansas City holds the tiebreaker. Kansas City’s Jimmy Nielsen had his 10th shutout of the year.

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