The USA had to once again shuffle its defense, this time due to injury, as Matt Besler was drafted into the middle alongside Geoff Cameron and Michael Orozco came in at right back.
Arias headed the ball across the face of goal and Bacca slid in front of his defender to redirect the ball across the goal line for the game’s only strike.
USA 0, COL 1 FINAL Key Saves and Defensive Stops: Tim Howard, 12th minute: Colombia attacked down the right hand side often, building on the link between Juan Cuadrado and James Rodriguez, which nearly paid off early in the match as Cuadrado slipped a pass to James in traffic at the top of the U.S.
Christian Zapata, 16th minute: On perhaps the USA’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes, Alejandro Bedoya was able to beat his defender to the end line inside the Colombia penalty area.
Dempsey attempted a one-time redirect on goal, but Zapata slid in from behind just as the ball left Dempsey’s foot to make the crucial block.