We begin our Copa America Centenario Preview here at Soccer Nation with Group A, where the tournament kicks off on June 3rd. Whether or not you label it as the “Group of Death”, there is no question that the foursome of Colombia, the United States, Paraguay, and Costa Rica is as deep and challenging as any in the competition.
Nate Abaurrea and Cesar Hernandez take you through this one, spotlighting the best storylines, players, and wildcards, providing their expert opinions as to who will reign supreme and make it to the knockout stage.
Manager: Jurgen Klinsmann
Schedule: June 3rd vs. Colombia @ Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
June 7th vs. Costa Rica @ Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
June 11th vs. Paraguay @ Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
As hosts of this special edition Copa America, the United States Men’s National Team was hopeful, to say the least, about the prospects of on field success in the tournament. Then came the group draw. The U.S. went from heavyweight to underdog in an instant, with one of the world’s best sides, Colombia waiting for them in Santa Clara to open the summer extravaganza on Friday, June 3rd , and two strong opponents in Costa Rica and Paraguay following suit.
Some people like it this way. Many former players, current pundits, and even current coaches relish the idea of the U.S. being a “dark horse” in international competition, putting a unique brand of psychological pressure on the opposition. However you want to look at it, one thing is for certain. It is going to