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Colombia 5-1 USMNT: U.S. embarrassed in first Copa América tuneup

It's admirable that the U.S. men's national team wanted to schedule a pair of world soccer heavyweights to prepare for this summer's Copa América on home soil. The risk, of course, was getting embarrassed in the process.

That's exactly how Saturday's 5-1 loss to Colombia in the Americans' first pre-Copa tuneup match played out.  In front of a large, mostly pro-Cafeteros crowd in Landover, Maryland, the visitors took an early lead and never really looked back.

Jhon Arias scored by taking advantage of a defensive miscue by the U.S. before six minutes had elapsed, and Rafael Santos Borré doubled his country's advantage before the first half had even reached the midway point.

Colombia scored three more times in the final quarter-hour to complete the rout after Tim Weah had provided the only bright spot all evening for the U.S. Weah briefly cut the deficit to 2-1 with a well-taken goal early in the second half.

"I think everybody needs to look in the mirror after that game," U.S. keeper Matt Turner told broadcaster TNT afterward. "It's really, really disappointing in front of such a great crowd, so I want to apologize to the fans as well. Because that's not what we're about. And yeah, we need to bounce back in a big way."

The U.S. won't have much time to dwell on the lopsided defeat with an even more daunting opponent, five-time World Cup champion Brazil, looming in its next preparation game on Wednesday in Orlando, Florida.

Santos Borré's strike was a worthy game-winner. A defection following a Colombian corner kick saw the ball ping pong around the penalty area before eventually falling to the forward unmarked with his back to Turner's goal. Santos Borré' leaped into the air and executed a close-range bicycle kick that left