Almost two years removed from an impressive showing in the World Cup, the United States Men’s National Soccer Team will look to make an impact in another anticipated tournament, that being of the Copa America Centenario variety, which the U.S. will be hosting for the first time ever.
On Friday, June 3, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the United States begins their group stage play when they take on a tough Colombia squad, who currently rank as the No. 3 team in the world. According to TiqIQ, tickets have been steadily rising in demand on the secondary market, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans.
“Obviously, when you face a team with their talent, with what they have up front, with James, with Bacca, with Cuadrado, with Cardona, they’re all players that are all difference makers,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann recently said ahead of Friday’s Copa America opener. “They’re also beatable. Every team has its strength and weaknesses. All of the teams out there have that. I think we learned a lot over the past couple of years with playing big teams and to come up with solutions against big teams, whether it’s overseas in Europe or somewhere else. We manage to get very, very good results.”
Overall, it should be a very competitive matchup between two teams that have legitimate potential of winning the whole tourney. Unfortunately, a loss here could put a serious dent into one team’s dreams right at the onset, making this an extremely crucial affair when action gets underway.
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If history is any indication, Colombia appears to be in good position to succeed in this Copa America Centenario opener. They’re 11-3-3 all-time against the United States, winning the most recent meeting between the two clubs, 2-1, back in November 2014 in an International friendly. In the prior friendly opposite one another, the two teams played to a 0-0 draw.
In their history of facing off in the Copa America Centenario tournament, Colombia is 2-0 versus the U.S., including defeating them, 1-0, in the 2007 version — which was the last time the two countries met during this event.