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Four players were cut last night which, combined with the players who had already been eliminated though injury, brought the women’s Olympic squad to its final roster of 18.

  • SANDRA MILENA SEPÚLVEDA LOPERA, Club Dep. Formas Íntimas (Ant)
  • DERLY STEFANY CASTAÑO CARDOZO, Universidad de Kansas (USA)
  • KATHERINE NATALY ARIAS PEÑA, Washington (USA)
  • NATALIA ARIZA DÍAZ, Univ. De Austin Peay (Tennesse, USA)
  • YULIETH PAOLA DOMÍNGUEZ OCHOA, Club Dep. Estudiantes F.C. (Tolima)
  • KELIS JOHANA PEDUZINE VARGAS, Club Eba (Atlántico)
  • NATALIA GAITÁN LAGUADO, Universidad de Toledo (Ohio, USA)
  • DANIELA MONTOYA QUIROZ, Club Dep. Formas Íntimas (Ant)
  • LIANA MILENA SALAZAR VERGARA, Universidad de Kansas (USA)
  • CARMEN ELISA RODALLEGA, Club D. Carlos Sarmiento Lora (Valle)
  • MARIA CATALINA USME PINEDA, Club Dep. Formas Íntimas (Ant)
  • HAZLEYDI YORELI RINCÓN TORRES, Club XV de Piracicaba
  • LADY PATRICIA ANDRADE RODRÍGUEZ, Club Internacional (Bogotá)
  • TATIANA ARIZA DÍAZ, Univ. De Austin Peay (Tennesse, USA)
  • ANA MARÍA MONTOYA PROPHATER, Universidad de Arizona (USA)
  • MELISSA MARIE ORTIZ MATALLANA, Universidad de Lynn (Fla. USA)
  • ORIÁNICA VELÁSQUEZ HERRERA, Universidad de Indiana (USA)
  • INGRID JULIETH VIDAL ISAZA, Universidad de Kansas (USA)

The team will train today and then leave for a short break, reconvening on July 2. [x]

After coming back from an 0-2 deficit in the second half of today’s Copa México de Naciones final, the U15s ultimately lost 7-8 on PKs, a shootout that featured some nervous penalty takers on both sides. Captain Jhon Miranda finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals in just four matches.

Just a few days after a 2-3 loss to Spain, the U15s bounced back and beat them in PKs today to reach the final of the Copa México de Naciones. Regular time ended 1-1, with Colombia’s goal scored (of course) by captain Jhon Miranda, and Colombia ultimately won 6-4 in sudden death PKs.

They will face a team made up players from the Mexican third division (who beat Mexico in PKs in the other semi) in the final on Sunday.

In their final group match at the Copa México de Naciones, the U15s drew 0-0 with the United States, a result that was enough to get them into the semifinals on goal difference. For complicated reasons involving the late withdrawal of Nigeria from the tournament, the semifinal will be a rematch with Spain, who finished top of the Colombia’s group; the match will be played on Friday.

In their first two matches at the Copa México de Naciones, the U15s have defeated Costa Rica 7-0 and lost to Spain 2-3. Captain Jhon Miranda has been the breakout star for Colombia so far, scoring a hat-trick against Costa Rica and both of the goals against Spain.
Colombia will finish group play tomorrow against the USA; a win will put them in the tournament semifinals.

In their first two matches at the Copa México de Naciones, the U15s have defeated Costa Rica 7-0 and lost to Spain 2-3. Captain Jhon Miranda has been the breakout star for Colombia so far, scoring a hat-trick against Costa Rica and both of the goals against Spain.

Colombia will finish group play tomorrow against the USA; a win will put them in the tournament semifinals.

FT: Ecuador 1-0 Colombia (Christian Benítez 54)

Well, that was depressing. It got chippy at the end and, yes, there were a few questionable calls, but Colombia never deserved anything out of the match. Ecuador, at least in the second half, were dynamic going forward, while Colombia offered essentially nothing in attack, and showed a frustrating lack of precision. Heavy touches and simply holding onto the ball too long (James, Zuniga, Fredy) cost Colombia way too much possession in the midfield, and there was no urgency to get the ball back once it had been given away. The only real Colombia chance was when Muriel played Dorlan in with a lovely through ball, but the keeper managed to get out early enough to put Dorlan off.

Next qualifiers are in September: Home to Uruguay and away to Chile.

HT: Ecuador 0-0 Colombia

Much like the first half against Peru, not much of note from Colombia so far. Carlos Sanchez is again playing well and Mosquera continues to ably clean up messes in the back, but there’s not a lot of coherency from Colombia on either side of the ball. The attack is very direct and a bit ragged (Falcao had about two touches in the last 20 minutes), and rarely results in any real danger for Ecuador while, at the other end, Ecuador seem content to challenge Ospina primarily from distance.

Colombia are definitely a bit of a mess, but so are Ecuador — three points are there for the taking.