Copa America Preview
What’s up everyone? Copa America is coming to the states for the 100th anniversary of the tournament. For those who aren’t exactly soccer fanatics the Copa America is basically the world cup consisting of only teams from South America and a few teams from North America on invite. 16 total teams, four groups, top two from each group advance, then it’s single elimination from there.
Group A: In group A you have: The USA, Columbia, Costa Rica, and Paraguay. Not a very friendly group for the host nation.
The Pick- Columbia- Columbia is a very strong team from top to bottom. Ospina is a quality keeper, those who watched last year’s tournament can recall his phenomenal performance against Argentina. Columbia is stacked in midfield with the likes of the speedy Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), the crafty Edwin Cardona (Monterrey), and my pick for man of the tournament James Rodriguez (future Juventus guy- hot take from Tony).
Runner up- USA- Really it could be anyone from group A, but with Navas out for Costa Rica the Yanks now have the edge.
Group B: Group B consists of Brazil, Haiti, Ecuador, and Peru.
The Pick- Brazil- It is a shame that Neymar isn’t playing in this tournament- Olympics instead (great call Neymar good luck with Zika, pal). But even without Neymar Brazil should have no problems advancing far in this tournament with a strong back line- Filipe Luis, Dani Alves (Juventus), and a solid midfield with the likes of Coutinho, Costa, and Willian.
Runner up- Ecuador- Not a very deep team but has some familiar names to premier league followers in Jefferson Montero, Enner Valencia, and Antonio Valencia.
Group C: Arguably the easiest group to predict: Mexico, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Jamaica.
The Pick- Uruguay- This team is better than the squad from last year as Suarez is now eligible to play. This team could surprise many people. Solid keeper in Muslera, solid back line led by Godin, midfield is average, but the pairing of Cavani and Suarez up front is lethal.
Runner up- Mexico- We all have seen Ochoa at his best in the World Cup, I believe he can match his performance from then now. Will be interesting to see if Chicharitio is in the starting 11 based off of his strong year at Bayer Leverkusen (Thank you spell check).
Group D: This group contains last year’s final participants in Argentina and Chile, Bolivia and Panama decided to show up in the group and give those two teams a quick 6 points before the tourney started.
Winner- Argentina- Going to come down to goal differential as I see Argentina and Chile ending up with 7 points each, but Messi, Di Maria, Lavezzi, and Banega will score more goals in the throw away games against Bolivia and Panama than Chile’s squad will.
Runner Up- Chile- The defending champs come into the tournament as the 4th favorite (+700) side note USA has better odds at +600, how? no clue. Basically same team as last year still have Sanchez and Vidal- automatically have a chance.
Columbia v Ecuador- Columbia 2-0
Argentina v Mexico- Argentina wins in PK’s
Brazil v USA- Brazil 3-1
Uruguay V Chile- Chile with the “upset” 2-1
Argentina v Columbia- 3-2 Argentina- James has 2 goals and signs huge new transfer deal with Juve.
Brazil v Chile- Brazil wins close one 2-1 in Extra time.
Argentina v Brazil- Argentina finally ends there 23 year drought without winning a major tournament and take home the silverware to Buenos Aires 2-1 Argentina.
Klinsman gets fired and US soccer will be on the up.