The United States Men’s National Soccer Team will kick off their campaign in the 2016 Copa America Centenario against Colombia on Friday in Santa Clara, California. The special tournament, which will feature 16 teams, will be held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the tournament.
The United States are the host of Copa America Centenario, but they are facing tall odds, as they will be competing for the title with powerhouse national teams of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Uruguay. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, though, they are still eyeing a spot in the final four.
Klinsmann and his men will have to deal with Colombia, who are favored to top Group A. The veteran coach said that they will have to treat the match like a championship since a win could give them a better matchup if they advance to the knockout stage of the competition.
USMNT will once again rely on tested veterans like goalkeeper Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley. But Klinsmann believes young guns DeAndre Yedlin, Bobby Wood and 17-year-old midfielder Christian Pulisic are also ready to step up.
“You see some youngsters now coming through, getting stronger, physically more developed,” Klinsmann told reporters via ESPN. “I think there’s a lot more confidence in these younger players.”
Meanwhile, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is confident superstar striker James Rodriguez will make huge impact for his team in the Copa America Centenario. Rodriguez has seen limited action for Real Madrid, but Pekerman said the 24-year-old will have a great tournament similar to what he did during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“We know he is dedicated, he is a professional and I know his true behavior,” said Pekerman, whose team will also face Costa Rica and Paraguay in Group A. “We are confident he will have a great Copa America.”
Where to Watch USA vs. Colombia Copa America Centenario Match
The USA-Colombia Group A match will kick off a 9:30 p.m. ET and will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 and Univision USA. It will also be available through online live stream via Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer 2GO. More TV schedule and live stream information are available on Live Soccer TV.