United States’ Clint Dempsey (8) celebrates after a goal during a Copa America Centenario group A soccer match against Costa Rica at Soldier Field in Chicago, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The United States got a much-needed win against Costa Rica on Tuesday to stay in contention to advance out of Group A at Copa America Centenario. The 4-0 win puts the United States in the best position to take the second quarterfinal spot out of Group A after Colombia became the first team to sew up its quarterfinal berth with a win over Paraguay on Tuesday.
With one group game left, the United States can advance to the quarterfinals with:
a win over Paraguay
a draw against Paraguay AND a win from Colombia over Costa Rica OR a Costa Rica win with a margin of victory equal or less than six
With one group game left, the United States can advance as the top seed out of Group A:
A win over Paraguay with a margin of victory more than two AND a Colombia loss to Costa Rica
Group A and Group B are paired together in the quarterfinals.
The above chart, compiled by secondary ticket seller rukkus.com, shows that U.S. isn’t the biggest draw in the tournament it is hosting.
The get in price, BTW, is essentially the cheapest ticket on the secondary market, said Jake Sharpless, rukkus.com data and content manager.
“In some cases these tickets are selling for less than face value, which truly indicates the demand of the event,” he said. “Average prices to see Argentina or Mexico games are higher than those of the U.S. For Mexico we know there is a strong contingent of Mexican American fans that attend games whenever they play in the US, but the Argentina draw is coming from Americans who want to see Messi in person.”
Brazil is using StubHub Center as its training base before the Copa America Centenario. Brazil will play at the Rose Bowl June 4 against Ecuador. The world’s oldest soccer tournament, this special edition marks 100 years of the tournament and is being played outside South America for the first time. Carson Calif., Tuesday, May ,24, 2016. (Photo by Stephen Carr / Daily Breeze)
So I suppose it’s tempting fate to write a column about the busy summer of soccer that lies ahead and then elevate the wrong team to the final four of the UEFA CL (not that the two alert Barcelona fans who noticed really minded).