CHESTER, Pa. – 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 on Tuesday night 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 U.S. coach Bob Bradley changed five starters from Saturday’s 2-2 tie against Poland in Chicago.
The U.S. 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 on 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.
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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 73rd 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.
Altidore’s header off a cross from Lichaj was saved in the 86th minute by 39-year-old goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon.