Hosting the biggest men’s soccer tournament on U.S. soil since 1994 FIFA World Cup, the USMNT was meant to be a great opportunity to shine in the world soccer scene. Nonetheless, with only one game played the US National Team is one step towards the elimination.
Even though soccer is not even close to being as popular to football, baseball or basketball, many ignore that the U.S. is the second country with more active soccer players in the whole world, with over 24 million soccer players. China is first with 26 million. Reason why, in the last two decades, the Major League Soccer was able to reach a regular attendance of 21.574 fans per game. The Copa America Centenario was the opportunity for the USA to show how much it has grown as a soccer nation- both on and off the field.
However, in the opening game of the international soccer’s oldest tournament, Colombia ran over the USMNT with two goals to nothing. Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad had little answer to James Rodriguez and Cristian Zapata goals. – Both scored in the first half.
The USMNT is in the called “group of death,” which includes Costa Rica and Paraguay. These two teams tied 0-0 in their first match, getting one point both of them. Therefore, Colombia leads the group with 3 points, followed by Costa Rica and Paraguay with one point each, and the U.S. sits in the last place.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s team will face Costa Rica, next Tuesday. Defeating the Central Americans could launch them to second place, but if Cost Rica wins and Paraguay loses against Colombia, the US will be virtually eliminated.
The “Copa America Centenario” is not only the celebration of the 100th anniversary of international soccer’s oldest tournament, but it is also a chance to see five of the top 10 teams in the world, according to April’s FIFA Rankings. It is also an excellent opportunity to catch rematches from last year’s Copa America and Gold Cup Finals.
On June 6, defending tournament champion Chile takes on Argentina in Santa Clara, California. Defending Gold Cup champions Mexico will face Jamaica on June 9 in Pasadena, California.