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USA suffer a scare against Colombia but team has improved since World Cup

Despite defensive errors against the South Americans, Jill Ellis’s USWNT have added fresh blood and still have better strikers and goalkeepers than their rivals

It was a puzzling sight. The mighty US women’s soccer team, defending Olympic and World Cup champions, reduced to wasting time in the corner to preserve a 2-2 draw against Colombia, who had never so much as scored against them in five previous meetings.

As shocking as that score is, the USA is poised to become the first team to follow a World Cup triumph with Olympic gold. This team is better than the one that won the World Cup last summer, and Catalina Usme’s stunning last-minute equalizer for Colombia will be more of a wake-up call than a confidence-killer.

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