The United States Men's National Team begins play in the 2016 Copa America Centenario with a tricky test against Colombia as they look to erase the memory of the 2015 Gold Cup. Erasing that memory will be difficult as they take on the third ranked team in the world and play in a group that is quite the challenge.
The Goal for the USA: Grab a result.
What to Watch For
1) Is the USA for Real? This is probably the biggest question on the minds of all USA fans. Sure, the US has looked good in the pre-tournament friendlies, but they have not exactly played the toughest competition. Wins over Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Bolivia are nice for the stats, but it gives zero indication as to whether this team is for real.
2) Group A: The United States did not get many favors in this group as they face Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay in an effort to advance out of the group stage. With a group like that, where there are no gimmies, this one is a must result for the United States. Win or draw, and everything is possible. But if you lose, things get very difficult very quickly.
3) The Roster: There has been a great deal of discussion about this, but at the end of the day, here are the 23 names that will be looking to win the Copa:
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa / England), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Ethan Horvath (Molde / Norway)
Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin / Germany), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City / England), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey / Mexico), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach / Germany), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana / Mexico), DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland / England)
Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes / France), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian / Scotland), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Friday, 3 June 2016 at 7:30 PM MDT
Venue: Levi's Stadium--Santa Clara, California
TV Information: Fox Sports 1/UniMas/Univision Deportes Network
Weather at Kickoff: 85 degrees and sunny
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go