-Striker Hugo Rodallega, leading scorer with a record 11 goals in last month's South American under-20 championship, has been called up to Colombia's senior squad for the first time.
The 19-year-old was included in coach Reinaldo Rueda's 18-man squad for a friendly international against the U.S. in Fullerton, California on Wednesday.
The squad contains only one European-based player, defender Jose Julian De La Cuesta of Spanish second division Cadiz.
Goalkeepers: Juan Carlos Henao (Santos, Brazil), Breiner Castillo (Aucas, Ecuador)
Defenders: Humberto Mendoza, Aquivaldo Mosquera, Camilo Zuniga (all Atletico Nacional), Cesar Fawcett (Real Cartagena), Edwin Garcia (Millonarios), Andres Orozco (Dorados, Mexico), Jose Julian De La Cuesta (Cadiz, Spain)
Midfielders: Andres Casanas (Envigado), Hector Hugo Hurtado (Atletico Nacional), Juan Carlos Ramirez, Aldo Leao Ramirez (both Independiente Santa Fe), John Viafara (Once Caldas), John Javier Restrepo (Cruz Azul, Mexico)
Forwards: Edixon Perea (Atletico Nacional), Hugo Rodallega (Deportes Quindio), Luis Gabriel Rey (Monarcas, Mexico).
Noonan, Marshall and Mathis lead U.S.
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Ken Peters / Associated Press
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FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) - Pat Noonan and Chad Marshall scored first-half goals, and the United States defeated Colombia 3-0 in an exhibition match Wednesday night.
USA vs. Colombia
Steve Ralston assisted on the first two goals. Clint Mathis completed the scoring in the 66th minute.
U.S. coach Bruce Arena fielded a team made up entirely of Major League Soccer players. The United States had none of its players from European leagues, and also was without injured defenders Eddie Pope and Frankie Hejduk.
Still, the United States built its unbeaten string to 15 games, going 10-0-5 since a loss to Holland in February of last year.
The Colombian team included a number of players from its under-20 squad.
Jon Busch got the shutout in goal for the United States, with the defense keeping the pressure off him most of the game.
Eddie Johnson, who had six goals in his first four games for the U.S. team, was shut out in the fifth. On his best chance, in the 23rd minute, a Colombian defender cleared the ball from deep in the box, just in front of the charging Johnson.
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Mathis built the lead to 3-0 with his first goal for the national team since January of 2003. He scored on a curling corner kick in the 66th minute.
Ralston set up the second U.S. goal by bulling his way into the box with the ball from the right side, then sending a hard cross.
Marshall got the goal on a diving header to give the United States a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
After the United States threatened several times early in the game, including Chris Albright's volley in the box that sailed over the cross bar, Noonan scored in the 25th minute.
On the first goal, Ralston was near the goal line on the right side and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Juan Henao. The ball ticked off the cross bar, bounced in front of the goal near the left post, and Noonan quickly boomed it ball back into the right rear corner of the net.
Colombia didn't put together many serious scoring threats. Luis Gabriel Rey was wide right on his free kick from five yards outside the box in the 36th minute, and teammate Humberto Mendoza kicked the ball over the bar on a free kick from similar distance four minutes later.