For fans of the New York Red Bulls, this match is mostly a chance to catch up with Matt Miazga. The gone-but-not-forgotten center back is expected to feature in the USA U-23s' latest (and last) effort to secure a place at the 2016 Olympic Men's Soccer tournament.
He'll be up against a Colombia squad pinning much of its hope on the shoulders of Juan Fernando Quintero. The MVP of the 2013 South American U-20 championship (which Colombia won), Quintero has long been considered one of the better young players in the world. At 23, currently on loan to Rennes from Porto, the time to convert his potential into the consistent work of a world-class player is now.
Facing Quintero and co. in Colombia for the first leg of this Olympic qualifying series: Miazga and the rest of the young Americans eyeing a summer trip to Rio have a suitably tough task ahead.