Three weeks after the United States Men’s National Soccer Team face Colombia in the opening match of the Copa America Centenario, the two countries square off again in a match that will stream live to decide third place in the historic Copa America Centenario, the 100th playing of the soccer championship of the Americas — hosted in the United States for the first time.
— UOPX Stadium (@UOPXStadium) June 23, 2016
Though the United States team won’t be playing for the tournament championship after suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat to the legendary Lionel Messi and Argentina in a semifinal showdown, the USA can claim the all-time championship of hosting the Copa America.
The 2016 edition has already smashed the tournament’s attendance record, and with an expected sellout crowd of 81,000 for the Final in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 1.49 million fans will have attended a Copa America game — topping the previous high by more than 350,000, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
While the one-sided loss to Argentina, currently the FIFA top-ranking national team, was a disappointment, the USMNT achieved the goal set by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann of reaching the tournament’s final four.
Even though USA team Captain Michael Bradley, following the loss to Argentina, questioned the purpose of playing a third-place consolation game, Klinsmann sees the match as a tremendous opportunity for his team.
“This third-place game is huge for us, absolutely no doubt about it,” Klinsmann said Thursday, according to Sports Illustrated.
“We’re talking about third place in a Copa América, so we take this very very serious with a lot of pride. Obviously, we got a lesson from Argentina in the semifinals and we give them all the compliments they deserve, but now this is a wonderful moment, a wonderful opportunity for our players to prove a point,” he said.
Watch highlights of the semifinal match between the United States Men’s National Team and Argentina, featuring the incomparable Lionel Messi, in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the USMNT vs. Colombia Third-Place Copa America Centenario match, try the video below — or see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m Mountain Standard Time — the same as Pacific Time — at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday, June 25. That’s 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Team USA dropped the Copa America opener to Colombia by a 2-0 score, but recovered to defeat Costa Rica and Paraguay to top their group and advance to the quarterfinals.
The USA defeated Ecuador to move on the semifinals where they ran headlong into Messi and Argentina.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 25, 2016
A victory over Colombia on Saturday would give the United States Men’s Team their best finish in the history of the Copa America. The last time the team reached a third-place game was 1995, when they also took on Colombia only to walk away in defeat.
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Watch a live stream of the third-place soccer match between the USA Men’s National Team and Colombia, from University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers and smartphones. Fans should note that Fox Sports Go can also stream live via the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing viewers to catch the USA Men’s National Soccer Team going for a third-place finish in the historic Copa America Centenario tournament hosted by the United States, in a live stream on their TV sets.
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