DC United squeaks past Revolution

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DC United squeaks past Revolution

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Substitute Maicon Santos scored the winning goal in the second half in Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United's 3-2 over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald scored in the first half for United (8-4-3). The Washington club is unbeaten in its last eight home matches, winning its last five.

Saer Sene and A.J. Soares scored early in the second half for the Revolution, 4-7-1 overall and 1-6-0 on the road.

Bill Hamid denied Kelen Rowe's 90th-minute header with a finger-tip save.

New England also suffered its only home loss to United 2-1 on April 14. Santos, who also scored in that contest in April and leads United with seven goals, struck 4 minutes after entering the game Saturday.

He also helped set it up, feeding Dwayne De Rosario on the left before racing into the box to reach the end of De Rosario's cross and drive it past goalkeeper Matt Reis in the 61st minute.

The goal reversed the game's momentum after the Revolution canceled out United's 2-0 halftime lead 5 minutes into the second half. Sene latched onto a rebound of Benny Feilhaber's long range effort and drove it past United's Bill Hamid from close range in the 48th minute.

In the 50th, Soares rose to head Chris Tierny's corner kick inside the left post.

United pulled ahead in the 15th minute when McDonald flicked a looping header of Branko Boskovic's long free kick into the top right corner. Jakovic doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time, reaching the ball in a goalmouth scramble.

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With 1-0 loss to Colombia, US finishes 4th in Copa America

With 1-0 loss to Colombia, US finishes 4th in Copa America

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Carlos Bacca beat goalkeeper Tim Howard by sliding to poke in a headed cross in the 31st minute, and the United States finished fourth in the Copa America with a 1-0 defeat against Colombia on Saturday night.

After losing to Argentina 4-0 in the semifinals, the 31st-ranked U.S. was beaten by No. 3 Colombia for the second time in the 16-nation tournament.

Bobby Wood came closest to scoring for the U.S. when he hit a post in the 62nd, one minute after Colombia's Juan Cuadrado hit the underside of the crossbar.

The U.S. matched its previous best finish in the tournament, when it lost to Colombia in the 1995 fourth-place game at Uruguay.

After the Americans lost to Jamaica in the semifinals of last year's CONCACAF Gold Cup and struggled in the semifinal round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann was hoping his team would rebound in the Copa, when right back DeAndre Yedlin, central defender John Brooks, midfielder Gyasi Zardes and forward Bobby Wood solidified their positions as regular starters.

Darlington Nagbe and 17-year-old Christian Pulisic again entered as second-half subs, two more players who could break through and replace veterans during the remaining 16 months of World Cup qualifying.

Colombia, which never has won the Copa America, finished third for fourth time but first since 1995. Argentina plays Chile for the title on Sunday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Both teams finished a man short, when American defender Michael Orozco and Colombian defender Santiago Arias were ejected for a confrontation in the third minute of second-half stoppage time. Orozco is suspended the U.S.'s World Cup qualifier at St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Sept. 2, and Arias for Colombia's qualifier against Venezuela.

Klinsmann inserted the 37-year-old Howard into his lineup in place of Brad Guzan, who had started the previous nine games. Matt Besler was in central defense instead of Brooks, who was bothered by knee inflammation, and Orozco was at left back because Fabian Johnson has a sore groin.

Midfielders Jermaine Jones and Alejandro Bedoya returned to the lineup along with Wood after the three served one-game suspensions.

Colombia scored after Juan Cuadrado, from along a flank, cut the ball back to James Rodriguez, just outside the penalty area. Arias made a run to get by Bedoya, and Rodriguez lofted a pass to Arias, who jumped at the edge of the 6-yard box and headed the ball across Howard's goal to Bacca. The forward slid ahead of Yedlin to nudge the ball in for his 13th international goal, his second of the tournament.

Clint Dempsey, who led the U.S. with three goals in the tournament, nearly scored on a free kick in the 51st minute. Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina dived left and lifted his right arm to tip Dempsey's effort wide.