Now without the high-heat, and instead playing on an early spring evening in Texas, the United States U23s looked no better than they did in Colombia. Despite the talents scattered on pro sides around North America and Europe, this U23 team could not do what previous teams stocked full of college kids could do.
Colombia was clearly the better side. They were better passing, shooting, and moving. They were better athletes. They were better at dealing with the referee and better at gaming the system. In no way, shape or form did the US look up to the task of beating South America's third best youth side.
Not only were the Americans routed, many looked immature in the loss. Vancouver's Tim Parker was lucky to only see yellow when he stomped on an opponent post whistle. Luis Gil kicked at his opposition after winning the throw-in. That was Gil's first yellow. His second came when he was whistled for a foul and went into a hysteria at the referee.
Playing down a man saw the US commit more infractions. The final ugliness was when Matt Miazga, who is on Chelsea's roster after being a New York Red Bulls HGP, grabbed onto the sleeve of a runner heading into the box. That red meant that Andi Herzog's team ended their poor performance down two men, needing two goals.
As exciting as the win over Guatemala was by the senior side, this U23 team was, according to Klinsmann, supposed to make the Olympics. It was a major goal for Jurgen and he failed. His chosen coach failed. The players that he's pushed away from MLS to ride benches around the world failed.
But there is some good news. Seattle Sounders FC will not lose one to three players to the Summer Games.