OT: Copa America Centenario - USA vs. Colombia 8:30pm CDT, FS1

Submitted by Wolverine In Iowa on June 3rd, 2016 at 8:01 PM

And here come the lads!  USA (ranked 31st in the FIFA rankings) versus a strong Colombia team (ranked third) in the opening match of the Copa America.  The game is at the 49ers' stadium in Santa Clara, California.  I don't think the line-up is out yet, but I see (on Bigsoccer.com):

G - Guzan

D - Johnson, Cameron, Brooks, Yedlin

M - Bradley, Jones, Bedoya

A - Wood, Dempsey, Zardes

GO USA!!

Comments

Yeoman

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:53 PM ^

As far as I know, this is the only place in the world where that's ever not a handball. For some reason it's taught that way to a lot of lower-level officials here. All you have to do is get your head turned away so you can't see it hit and they think it's "not intentional".

Point blank is one thing, but when you have time to spin out of the way and you leave your hands away from your body it's a stone-cold penalty.

skurnie

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:52 PM ^

I'd rather a ref call it by the book. It's not like a 95th minute tie game penalty call.

Lots of refs don't have the balls to call something like that but if he's consistent I don't see a problem with it.

IF that happened to the US and it was a no call we'd be talking about it for months

aplatypus

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:41 PM ^

play pretty good and even impressive for like 70 minutes and be terrible in the rest out of nowhere. I'd say we even looked like the better squad for 25/45 minutes, and even for a good 10. Just stupid mistakes that good international teams SHOULD not make. 

FreddieMercuryHayes

June 3rd, 2016 at 11:00 PM ^

I know. Like two weeks ago there was a panel discussion about the state of US soccer and Tab Ramos was extolling Hyndrman as a reason why the youth system is working so well. And then Klinsmann throws him under the bus. He looks everywhere but internally for the US' problems. Sign of a bad coach.

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GaryMoellerBre…

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:52 PM ^

It's been there for a while now.. Klinnsman has no skin in the game and sits on his record as a player.. Having a picnic in the U.S. is all he's doing. Rides around in his helicopter in Orange County. He's a gradeA bastard. Gulati is right there with him

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FreddieMercuryHayes

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:34 PM ^

I mean, it's depressing because they're not playing that bad. Could use some offensive creativity (cough, Nagbe), but really not playing bad. Crazy to think they're down 2, but hey, it's a team I like so of course it will crush me in new and interesting ways.

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vulture

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:42 PM ^

the us had a beautiful attack the had the full cola side on their heels. more of that in the second stanza and this will be a win for the r, w, & b.