The U.S. finished the Copa America Centenario on Saturday the same way it started the tournament three weeks ago: by losing to Colombia.
But while the result didn’t change, just about everything else did. Where the U.S. appeared passive and overwhelmed in the opener, in Saturday’s third-place game it played aggressively and with passion. Where Colombia dominated for long periods of the first game, on Saturday it was the U.S. that controlled the tempo.
And for goalkeeper Tim Howard, that counts as progress for a team that nonetheless ended its tournament with consecutive losses in which it did not score a goal.
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