Today in the Copa America, Group A gets back to action and we won't see cross-confederation match-ups this time around! That means another CONCACAF team (might) win!
Here's what to watch for tonight in the Copa America Centenario:
USA vs. Costa Rica, 5 pm PT, FS1, UniMás, UDN
This is the beginning of the U.S. Men's National Team's redemption! Or the end for Jurgen Klinsmann! Or maybe neither!
The good news for the U.S. is that Costa Rica looked arguably worse in their Copa America opener, but they got a point for their troubles so the Americans are firmly in must-win territory. On one hand, that seems awfully sudden, but in tournaments that's how it works. If the U.S. can get three points they'll most likely be in good shape to advance, assuming Paraguay doesn't beat Colombia. If they don't...well, I guess the secondary market for some games will feature cheaper tickets?
I think Costa Rica have the right to feel pretty disrespected at nobody really paying attention to them coming into this game, instead focusing on the neuroses and general demerits of the USMNT at the moment, but they gotta do the talking with their play. Otherwise, this is going to be a boring game. Ok, there's actually a pretty strong chance this will be a boring game. So make sure to get in your "I believe" chants in now for the home side.
Colombia vs. Paraguay, 7:30 pm PT, FS1, UniMás, UDN
In a peculiarity of the official draw, the likes of which we would have never seen in the Gold Cup, the U.S. is only the warm-up for the night. Colombia and Paraguay square off in the Rose Bowl in the nightcap, with even a potentially James Rodriguez-less Colombia looking like heavy favorites over a toothless Paraguay.
And consider that although Rodriguez scored in Colombia's 2-0 win over the U.S. last week, he didn't play that well in that game. The idea that Colombia will fall apart without him, at least in the group stage, appears to be out of proportion with his form at the moment, so that's bad news for Paraguay regardless.
It's hard to emphasize just how poor Paraguay were in their first match. I'm guessing this game will be full of fouls, and Paraguay has a reputation for being really boring, even during their heyday a few years back. But anything other than a comfortable Colombia win would be a big surprise, and I doubt this Paraguay team can really spring an upset.
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