Colombia crushed a shorthanded and overmatched United States 4-2 in a friendly in Tampa on Thursday in the latest reminder the Americans are far from threatening the world's best.
James Rodriguez scored Colombia's first goal in the 36th minute and set up their last as the South Americans stormed back after trailing 2-1 early in the second half.
A win or tie for the United States would have been a boost for a team which failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia after losing to Trinidad and Tobago a year and a day ago.
But it was not to be.
Colombia thoroughly outplayed the U.S. in the first half on a hot and humid night in Florida and drew first blood in the 36th minute when Rodriguez curled a left-footed shot into the top left corner.
With Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams all unavailable due to injuries, interim U.S. head coach Dave Sarachan made no changes at halftime but his team came out more energised after the break.
Colombia's Carlos Bacca squared the contest three minutes later, however, with a shot past the diving arms of keeper Zack Steffen.
Colombia nosed ahead in the 74th minute, with Radamel Falcao capitalising on a defensive breakdown to score, sending the team's yellow-clad fans into a frenzy.
(With inputs from agencies.)