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Hernandez, who started the match, and Salgado, a second-half substitute, fall to the ground in despair at the final whistle. Hot, Cropper, and Ibeagha wander from the bench to the field and attempt to pick up their crushed teammates in an effort to distract themselves from the reality that they won’t be going to Colombia. Because of the strange seating configuration, I find myself next to Arreola, who injured in the US’s second group stage game against Panama. He watches from the stands, in agony that he can’t help his team in a match that speed and creative left foot would have swung the match in the American’s favor. Observing the 19-year-old UCLA student suffer is heart-wrenching.