USA vs. Colombia: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2014

Colombia's James Rodriguez, bottom, celebrates with teammates Juan Caudrado, left, and Pablo Armero after scoring a goal against Canada during the second half of an international soccer friendly match, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Two of the 2014 World Cup's most impressive sides meet at Craven Cottage on Friday as USA and Colombia go head-to-head in an international friendly.

Both sides impressed greatly in the summer with the USA getting out of a tough group and Colombia arguably deserving to go further than their eventual quarter-final run.

While there are some changes to the sides that impressed so much in Brazil it is still likely to be a cracking contest at Fulham's home ground.

Read on for details of where to catch all the action as well as a full preview of the match.

Date: Friday, Nov. 14

Time: 7:45 p.m. GMT, 2:45 p.m. ET

TV Info: ESPN (US only)

Live Stream: ESPN Player


BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08:  Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann looks on during a United States soccer training session at Ohiri Field on October 8, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Jurgen Klinsmann's admirable ability to instil organisation and relentless hard work into the USMNT could prove his best weapon against a swashbuckling Colombian side.

Along with Real star and World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez, Jose Pekerman has the likes of Jackson Martinez, Juan Cuadrado and Carlos Bacca to call on for Friday's game.

As they showed in Brazil, Colombia play a very exciting, pressing brand of football with great attacking talent, and the USA will need to be staunch in defence if they are to avoid being overrun. 

Klinsmann has named a strong squad—16 of whom played at the World Cup—including some youngsters like 20-year-old Stanford student Jordan Morris, per The Guardian:

Guardian US sports @GdnUSsports

#Klinsmann calls up student Jordan Morris for USA games vs Colombia and Ireland http://t.co/O6SoVgPUCL @MartinPengelly

The German is looking to end a fine year well with the Republic of Ireland also to come after the Craven Cottage encounter, per Alex Fisher on Goal.com:

We want to finish 2014 on a high note and continue to try to meet the top teams eye to eye. In these last two games we want our veterans to really become mentors both on and off the field, and we want to see our youngsters take advantage of the opportunity to make their case and grow from the experience. These performances will set the tone for 2015.

On paper, Colombia have a better team than the USA but Klinsmann's men have made a habit of subverting expectations and performing to a higher level than many expect.

ESPN's Jeff Carlisle reports that Jozy Altidore will be captain for Friday's game and the big, physical striker will be key to disrupting Colombia's defence:

Jeff Carlisle @JeffreyCarlisle

Klinsmann confirms that Brad Guzan will start in goal and that Jozy Altidore will be captain. #usmnt

The first goal could be the key to victory in London for the USA as they are very effective at shutting teams down when holding a lead and thus they should start fast on Friday.

However, with the stars of Colombia to face, it is not going to be an easy game. Rodriguez has started well in his Real career since his summer move from France.

He will be central to Colombia's game plan as he is very much the main man at international level, unlike his experiences at club level, as he has alluded to, per AS:

AS English @English_AS

James Rodríguez compares playing for club and country: "I have more freedom with Colombia." http://t.co/biNJNo9pT4 http://t.co/UwvHAgaTkG

While they will be without Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao through injury, Bacca has been terrific for Sevilla so far this season, scoring seven times in 11 appearances, per WhoScored.com

If they play to their best, Colombia will win, with attacking flair across much of the team and a solid defence, they are one of the best teams in the world.

However, there will be no walkover against the solidity of the USA team and Friday's match at Craven Cottage should be an exciting, competitive encounter.


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