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HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 21:  Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina passes through a group of defenders in the first half against the United States during a 2016 Copa America Centenario Semifinal match at NRG Stadium on June 21, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Copa América: La Albiceleste

This a series delving into the passion and flair that makes the Copa América a worthy tournament of the sport we love. We hope through the succession of these articles you find joy in the tillage of the tournament and discover what makes soccer, fútbol. Please consider reading the series in order, it’ll make the journey […]

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Copa América: The USMNT Replacements

This a series delving into the passion and flair that makes the Copa América a worthy tournament of the sport we love. We hope through the succession of these articles you find joy in the tillage of the tournament and discover what makes soccer, fútbol. Please consider reading the series in order, it’ll make the journey […]

Jermaine Jones, USMNT

USMNT: Can they do it without Jermaine Jones?

The USMNT won a thriller, and a hotly-contested thriller, against Ecuador. After their horrible start to the group stages, few would have seen the US going far but thanks to a penalty call against Costa Rica, the confidence of the red, white and blue was turned completely on its head. They went on to not […]

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 01:  Fans watch overtime play at Soldier Field between Belgium and the USA in a World Cup match being played at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil on July 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers said 28,000 people attended the watch party at Soldier Field. Belgium won the match 2-1.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Copa América Part 5: La Tri Los Amarillos

This is a series delving into the passion and flair that makes the Copa América a worthy tournament of the sport we love. We hope through the succession of these articles you find joy in the tillage of the tournament and discover what makes soccer, fútbol. Please consider reading the series in order, it’ll make […]

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Brazil handball catastrophe pushes need for instant replay

Any Copa America competition in any given year, you expect to see Brazil. Even without Neymar, they remain one of the best teams in the world and their quality is plain to see on any given match day. Given the crash-and-burn semi-final clash with Germany in the 2014 World Cup and the Quarter-Final bow-out in […]

Michael Bradley, USMNT

USMNT: Michael Bradley has everything to prove

With Paraguay waiting, knowing that a win will secure advance and push the USMNT out of the Copa America Centenario, we have to expect a tough fight. The Americans will need a strong display from their key guys and whether I like it or not, Michael Bradley falls in that category. I have never seen […]

USMNT, Jurgen Klinsmann

USMNT: Is progression from group enough to save Klinsmann?

The USMNT’s emphatic win against Costa Rica is still fresh in our minds as we go into the final group stage match against Paraguay. Only needing a point to progress, the odds are in the USMNT’s favor, despite starting the group stage off horrendously against Colombia. That will mean that the USMNT progresses as the […]

Alexis Sanchez, Copa America, Chile

Copa America: Chile can defend title despite setback

The first marquee match of Copa America Centenario lived up to its expectations. Chile vs Argentina, rivals for life. Everything about the game screamed ‘juggernaut vs juggernaut’ and by the end, there were no players who couldn’t hang their hat on a match well fought. It’s why we call it the beautiful game. Argentina emerged […]

Jermaine Jones, USMNT

USMNT find their heart and soul in Jermaine Jones

I’ve been restating how the USMNT turned disappointment into elation all too much lately, so I’ll just skip it this time. You all saw the transformation between the match against Colombia and the match against Costa Rica. It was like night and day. What made it so strange is that Jurgen Klinsmann made zero changes […]

Costa Rica, Copa America

Copa America: Costa Rica’s encore turning disastrous

It really is a shame how it all went down. The United States had been outmatched by a ‘headless’ Colombia and Costa Rica were primed to take advantage. For seven long, excruciating minutes, Los Ticos were in control. Their sheer athleticism was too much for the USMNT to handle and it looked to be heading […]

Jurgen Klinsmann, USMNT

Jurgen Klinsmann: Fiercely loyal or fiercely insane?

The USMNT looked putrid against Colombia to kick off the Copa America Centenario. While possession favored them, they did nothing with it. Part of that problem was the old guard. Michael Bradley looked completely out of his element as he gave away more passes than I could count. He was outmatched on and off the […]

Clint Dempsey, USMNT

USMNT clearly all about confidence

Beating anyone 4-0 in a major international tournament is a big deal. No matter the stakes or the sides. It’s a statement of purpose and a rallying cry. That is exactly what the USMNT did against their dearly beloved rivals, Costa Rica. Los Ticos were coming off a drab draw to Paraguay and the USMNT […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - JUNE 03:  The United States pose for a team photo before their match against the Colombia during the 2016 Copa America Centenario Group match between the United States and Colombia at Levi's Stadium on June 3, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Copa América: USMNT passage through El Grupo De La Muerte

This is a series delving into the passion and flair that makes the Copa América a worthy tournament of the sport we love. We hope through the succession of these articles you find joy in the tillage of the tournament and discover what makes soccer, fútbol. Please consider reading the series in order, it’ll make […]

USMNT, Jurgen Klinsmann

USMNT: Jurgen Klinsmann’s career must hinge on Costa Rica

Jurgen Klinsmann is a divisive character. Some love the innovation and genius he brings to the United States, some hate the fluctuations and inconsistencies. It all depends on who you ask. After being drawn in the Group of Death in the 2014 World Cup, America qualified, beating out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. It was a massive […]

Copa America: Lionel Messi absence won’t spoil the fun

The Copa America had been a bit of a dull affair up until last night. Columbia hit all of America right in the feelings as they cherry-picked two goals from the freedom-loving red, white and blue, with the help of Michael Bradley’s continued buffoonery. That was followed up with a snoozer between Paraguay and the […]

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