Looks to Be Three and Out for the U.S. at Copa América, and More
By Nick Barbaro,
11:34PM, Tue. Jul. 3, 2007
Two big international tournaments going on this week, both on basic cable – in Spanish.
Looks like it’ll be three and out at the Copa América for the young U.S. team; they were crushed by Argentina, 4-1, then played much better against Paraguay, but still lost 3-1. That leaves them with a slim chance of advancing, even if they beat Colombia to finish third in their group (Thursday, July 5, 5:30pm, Telefutura). Mexico, the other guest in this South American championship, stunned Brazil, 2-0, in the opener.
In the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada, the U.S. drew with South Korea, 1-1, then got a Freddy Adu hat trick to romp, 6-1, over a Polish team who had earlier surprised Brazil, 1-0. Next, the U.S. faces Brazil in the group stage finale (Friday, July 6, 6:30pm, Galavision).
Still, these South American championships provide a great experience and a chance for coach Bob Bradley to look at some new faces. By the way, these were the first losses for the U.S. men in 13 games under Bradley.
The Austin Lightning are on the road for two weeks, after getting rained out last Friday.