Unknown to many, today is an important day in America as Argentina plays USA in the semi-final of Copa America Centenario. For those who are green on the matters of this tournament here is a brief history;
The Copa America is the international soccer competition to determine the continental champions of South America. It started life in 1910 as the one-off Copa Centenario Revolución de Mayo, turned into the Campeonato Sudamericano de Football (the South American Championship) in 1916, then finally in 1975 became the tournament we know and love today as the Copa America. It consists of 10 American teams; Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Argentina is the second most successful team in Copa America with 14 tittles coming second to Uruguay with 15 tittles. The USA team was constituted in 1985 with its best result in Copa America was when they came out in the fourth place in 1995.
For team ranked number (Argentina) and the other ranked 31(USA) this match might seem obvious to you given that Argentina thrashed Venezuela 4-1 in the quarter finals, it would be important to note that USA proved their worth in group stages by humbling costa Rica 4-0.The following is a brief of the team news.
USA: MID Alejandro Bedoya, FWD Bobby Wood and MID Jermaine Jones miss the match due to suspension.Guzan; Besler, Brooks, Johnson, Yedlin; Bradley (Captain), Beckerman, Zusi; Zardes, Dempsey, Nagbe;
Argentina: Star winger Angel Di Maria was injured in the group stage and didn’t play in the quarterfinals against Venezuela as he looks to recover from a pulled leg muscle. He isn’t expected to play against the United States.Romero; Rojo, Otamendi, Funes Mori, Mercado; Mascherano, Banega, Fernandez; Higuain, Messi, Lamela
This special Match will be played in Houston TX NRG stadium at 9:00 ET. All the best to these teams and may the best team win.
By Wasike Allan Wanyonyi