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 10:45 PM ^

Opponent's FIFA ranking in parentheses.

  • W Honduras (86)
  • W Haiti (74)
  • D Panama (56)
  • W Cuba (126)
  • L Jamaica (47)
  • L Panama (56)
  • L Mexico (16)
  • W St. Vincent (148)
  • D @ Trinidad (64)
  • L @ Guatemala (91)
  • W Guatemala (91)

That doesn't look like a top-20 resume to me. There are some brutal results on there and it's almost all at home.

The last time the US won a competitive match against a team currently in the top 30 was the win over Mexico in WC qualifying three years ago. The last such win outside the US was confederation cup seven years ago.

Trader Jack

June 3rd, 2016 at 8:13 PM ^

Not a huge Zardes fan and would prefer to see Nagbe and Pulisic included, but this is the best lineup Klinsmann has put together in a long time. The positioning and formations actually make sense and Bradley is FINALLY a 6. It might've taken Jurgen 6 years to figure out that Bradley shouldn't be a 10, but better late than never I suppose.

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skurnie

June 3rd, 2016 at 8:21 PM ^

That lineup is official.

I like the lineup (minus Zardes' horrendous first touch and maybe even Guzan). Not real optimistic for tonight's match.

64,000 tickets sold through yesterday (67,000 capacity)

skurnie

June 3rd, 2016 at 9:03 PM ^

Colombia:

Este es el once inicial de nuestra Selección: Ospina; Arias, Murillo, Zapata, Díaz; Torres, Pérez, Cuadrado, Cardona, James; Bacca

aplatypus

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:14 PM ^

His first touch is borderline awful and he has given away like 6 midfield passes already. I know he's liked because the dude will run and run all day but man, 2-3 times just a better touch would give us goal chances.

vulture

June 3rd, 2016 at 10:16 PM ^

then time of possession will go up, the opponent will chase more, they will get bamboozled more, and the US will score more back door tap ins. until then it looks like we have to settle for fast dribbles to the corners and hopeful crosses. that's prolly smart when you are the USWNT playing a substantially shorter Japan side but i don't see it being the answer for USMNT vs. Cola.