Players on the United States males’s nationwide group gave a combined evaluation of Commanders Field after dropping 5-1 towards Colombia in a global soccer pleasant Saturday.

A common view following a match between the United States and Colombia at Commanders Field on June 8, 2024, in Landover, Maryland.
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LANDOVER, MARYLAND - JUNE 08: A general view during a match between the United States and Colombia at Commanders Field on June 08, 2024 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
A common view throughout a match between the United States and Colombia at Commanders Field on June 8, 2024, in Landover, Maryland.
(Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Colombia midfielder Jhon Arias, center with orange cleats, celebrates with his teammates after his goal against the United States during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Colombia midfielder Jhon Arias, heart with orange cleats, celebrates along with his teammates after his aim towards the United States in the course of the first half of a global pleasant soccer match Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Landover, Md.
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Players on the United States males’s nationwide group gave a combined evaluation of Commanders Field after dropping 5-1 towards Colombia in a global soccer pleasant Saturday.

In its first sport within the D.C. region since 2019, the U.S. performed in entrance of 55,494 folks in Landover, Maryland, with many sporting yellow jerseys in help of the guests.

In his postgame press convention, U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter stated D.C. has “a historic connection” to the game and complimented the environment supplied by the bulk pro-Colombian crowd.

“The venue was nice,” he stated. “The pitch was nice. Everything was actually good, and it’s an excellent space for soccer.”

However, not everybody agreed along with his evaluation of the enjoying floor. Players might be seen dropping traction and slipping on components of the sector after it obtained therapy at halftime. Commanders Field’s enjoying floor, which was renovated in 2021, has lengthy obtained criticism from NFL gamers for its poor high quality.

When requested in regards to the area situations, captain Christian Pulisic referred to as it “not the very best pitch” for his sport. He rapidly added that it didn’t play a task within the outcome.

Outside the play on the sector, what did play a small function within the last rating was the numerous Colombian help.

Before the match, Matt Turner and Chris Richards each instructed WTOP they have been within the make-up of the gang, as it could give the U.S. preparation for this summer season’s Copa America match and the 2026 males’s World Cup.

Fans flooded the parking heaps exterior Commanders Field hours earlier than the match, bringing a party-like environment crammed with barbecue and dance music earlier than kickoff.

Inside, followers sitting within the decrease bowl tossed a number of seaside balls in the course of the first half. As the rating line grew wider, chants of “USA, Colombia es tu papá” (translated to “USA, Colombia is your daddy”) rang louder till the referee blew the ultimate whistle.

“I’m very blissful to see so many Colombians away from our nation,” Colombian midfielder Richard Ríos instructed WTOP in Spanish. “We really feel like we’re at residence and effectively supported enjoying right here. That brings us actual happiness.”

Tim Weah, who scored the U.S.’s lone aim, referred to as the big Colombian help “unlucky,” including it creates a kind of adversity gamers face means too typically when enjoying at residence.

“I really feel like each time we play a giant group, we’re the away group,” Weah stated. “It’s arduous to solely achieve momentum from us as teammates. Sometimes, we’d like our followers and typically, it simply looks like we’re form of alone on the market.”

The U.S. males’s group has handled attendance points in places with entry for big immigrant populations to attend matches. It has induced U.S. supporters to be largely outnumbered by followers of the guests.

During earlier World Cup qualifying cycles, the U.S. Soccer Federation would schedule its matches in smaller cities and stadiums for American followers to supply extra residence help.

Defender Antonee Robinson stated whereas the gang in Landover wasn’t as hostile as different fanbases, feeling like guests whereas enjoying at house is one thing they must get reacclimated to.

“We know South American groups’ followers journey effectively,” Robinson stated. “We can count on the identical factor in Copa America and it’s simply one thing we’ve acquired to cope with.”

Berhalter echoed comparable sentiments, saying the U.S. supplies alternatives for folks of various cultures the prospect to cheer for his or her native nation.

“The Colombian Americans which can be dwelling within the United States, they don’t get to Colombia on a regular basis and see their group. And it is a nice alternative for them to come back out,” Berhalter stated. “That’s what makes America particular, alternatives like this.”

The Landover venue is scheduled to host another worldwide pleasant this summer season as reigning males’s World Cup champions Argentina, that includes celebrity Lionel Messi, takes on Guatemala on Friday.

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