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.
Read the Copa America preview from staff writer Thuc Nhi Nguyen here.
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.”
Giovani dos Santos reportedly declined a call-up to the Mexican national team for next month’s Copa America Centenario
Giovani dos Santos stirred up controversy this week when Mexican national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio left the 27-year-old Galaxy forward off the federation’s roster for next month’s Copa American Centenario. According to Osorio, dos Santos declined the invitation, choosing club over country.
After Osorio released the roster Tuesday, dos Santos declined to speak about the situation this week, saying his main focus will be on the Galaxy leading up to a Cali Clasico match with San Jose at home at 4 p.m.
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“The only thing that I can say is that I’m very concentrated on my team,” he said. “I’m working really hard, and I’m looking forward to the game on Sunday. I feel great right now.
The midfielder has been in impressive form recently with five goals and five assists in the past five games.
He has not played for Mexico since the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer when he missed the final three rounds due to injury and Mexico won the title. Continue reading
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Giovani dos Santos will not represent his country in next month’s Copa America Centenario because the 27-year-old L.A. Galaxy midfielder declined the national team call-up, according to Mexico national team manager Juan Carlos Osorio.
Osorio announced the roster Tuesday, but chose to keep the specifics of his conversation with dos Santos private.
Dos Santos declined to comment on the national team situation while on Sirus XM Radio with Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl.
The midfielder has been in impressive form recently as he has five goals and five assists in the past five games. The Galaxy are unbeaten in their past eight games heading into a home match against San Jose this Sunday.
Steven Gerrard may not be going anywhere this summer, but Gyasi Zardes and Robbie Keane are among the big names the Galaxy will lose for weeks in June to international duty. (AP Photo).
Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.
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).
Anyway, the corrected column is here, so mark your calendars or stick it on your fridge or whatever to ensure you don’t miss a game.