The US national team surrendered a late goal once again on Friday night at Craven Cottage as a James Rodriguez-led Colombia came back to earn a deserved 2-1 win.
The US took the lead in the 10th-minute when Jozy Altidore slotted home a penalty following Pablo Armero’s handball in the box, but from then on the game was dominated by the South Americans.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side managed to hold onto their lead until the hour when Carlos Bacca finally made the breakthrough with Colombia’s first, before Teofilo Gutierrez headed in Edwin Cardona's cross three minutes before the end to claim the victory.
US head coach Klinsmann was encouraged by the performance, however, and was particularly enthusiastic about the contributions from the younger members of the side.
"We enjoyed a very entertaining game," he said in his post-match press conference. "The tempo of the game and its intensity was exactly what we needed and what we were looking for.
“For a coach, it's really exciting to see young players grow and have good performances.
"We have a couple of young kids coming through and some of them look as though they have always been with us. This game has given us a lot."
One of those young players was soon-to-be Tottenham Hotspur right-back DeAndre Yedlin, who was making his first visit to England this week since agreeing to a £2.5 million move from the Seattle Sounders in August.
After playing the past few US games in midfield, the 21-year-old was back starting in defence on the night, before being pushed up onto the wing in the second-half, but, despite Klinsmann’s comments, his 85 minutes on the pitch left something to be desire.
Having only arrived in England two days ago after playing in the Sounders' play-off match on Monday night, jet lag was almost certainly affecting him, but American fans were clearly a little disappointed by his display judging by their reaction.
Yedlin's first touch STILL needs work. I'd be worried Spurs supporters.— Connor (@ConnorPTFC) November 15, 2014
Deandre Yedlin and Mikkel Diskerud were pretty bad that game, Alejandro Bedoya I though was very good.— Goaldobin (@Goaldobin) November 14, 2014
Colombian fans were unbelievable and team responded. USA lacked any direction really, disappointed with DeAndre Yedlin's performance tbh— Santokie (@San_Toki_) November 14, 2014
Yedlin isn't close to good enough to play overseas— Littleween (@littleween) November 14, 2014
I've already seen positive ratings for Altidore and Yedlin and I wonder if I was watching the wrong game.— Tyler Kern (@tylerakern) November 14, 2014
One more comment on Yedlin. EPL will be very similar to this game in terms of speed and speed of thought. He better get ready.— Kevin (@90_kev) November 14, 2014
Yedlin has the speed to get anywhere on the pitch ... it's too bad he doesn't know what to do when he gets there— Buddy Grizzard (@BuddyGrizzard) November 14, 2014
Yedlin getting chastised for his giveaways but ignored for his great defensive work as usual. But whatever.— Usry (@RobUsry) November 14, 2014
Yedlin: giveaway machine.— Our Bee Inn Wye (@iembracethefall) November 14, 2014
I can't wait for Yedlin to get better, but his passing/cross was lacking severely today #USMNT— Darian (@Sageshark) November 14, 2014
@davisjsn How is DeAndre Yedlin going to make it at Spurs? He has shown absolutely nothing.— Antonio Villalta (@Ant0nTheGreat) November 14, 2014
@GrantWahl just me or was Yedlin pretty tough today? Runs pretty fast but lots of giveaways.— Kurt Witt (@KurtWitt) November 14, 2014
Yedlin looked good defensively, but poor in possession and on the attack. Garza was just the opposite. #USAvsCOL— Fergus J Sharp (@FergusJSharp) November 14, 2014
Yedlin & Johnson the biggest disappointments. Nguyen looked bright #USMNT— Ar-Rafio Khan (@arrafiokhan) November 14, 2014
Should be said, Yedlin has been awful. Can't give away possession on almost all of your passes.— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) November 14, 2014