Welcome to your live thread for tonight's United States Men's National Team's third-place match against Colombia in the 2016 Copa America Centenario. The Yanks find themselves in the third-place game after suffering a humbling 4-0 defeat to Argentina Tuesday night in Houston, TX.
Unlike in the semifinals, the U.S. will be at full strength for this one. Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood, and Alejandro Bedoya all missed the Argentina match due to either red card suspension (in the case of Jones) or yellow card accumulation. All three will most likely be back in the starting XI tonight.
While a third-place finish would be a major accomplishment for the U.S., many times these consolation matches do not merit the same level of intensity for the teams involved, which is good for fans. Expect a very open game, with both teams throwing numbers forward and goals surely to follow.
If the U.S. is to score in this one, expect Clint Dempsey to be involved, as he has been for most of the tournament. The Seattle Sounders man has proven that he is still an integral piece of this team and, while he struggled to make an impact against Argentina, a rebound performance could be in the cards.
Before the poor showing against Argentina, the back line of the U.S. had been tremendous in the tournament and John Brooks in particular had stellar performances. Expect Brooks to put in another good shift, as well as his center back partner, Geoff Cameron. The whole of the back line will have to deal once again with superstar James Rodriguez, as well as his midfield companion, Juan Cuadrado. If the U.S. can keep these two quiet, chances are good the Yanks can take the win.
Colombia did beat the Yanks, 2-0, in the tournament opener. Expect a motivated U.S. team who will be looking to exact revenge and earn a nice finish in one of the premier soccer tournaments on Earth.
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Ethan Horvath (Molde IK).
Defenders (8): Matt Besler (Sporting KC), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Monterrey), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders/Forwards (12): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Perry Kitchen (Heart of Midlothian), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting KC).
Goalkeepers (3): David Ospina (Arsenal), Robinson Zapata (Santa Fe), Cristian Bonilla (Atletico Nacional).
Defenders (8): Felipe Aguilar (Atletico Nacional), Santiago Arias (PSV), Farid Diaz (Atletico Nacional), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Yerry Mina (Sante Fe), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan), Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan), Stefan Medina (Pachuca).
Midfielders/Forwards (12): James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa), Guillermo Celis (Junior FC), Daniel Torres (Independiente Medellin), Andres Roa (Deportivo Cali), Sebastian Perez (Atletico Nacional), Edwin Cardona (Monterrey), Carlos Bacca (AC Milan), Dayro Moreno (Tijuana), Roger Martinez (Racing Club), Marlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional).
How to Watch:
Match Time: 8 p.m. ET
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium -- Glendale, AZ
TV: FX, Univision, UDN
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
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