Copa América is turning 100. Play is well underway in Copa América Centenario, the one-hundredth anniversary of the original Campeonato Sudamericano de Football held in Buenos Aires in 1916.
And so far, the excitement and build-up you’d expect for a centennial bash has been on display in packed stadiums across the United States, which is hosting the 2016 special edition of the tournament.
The reigning Copa champions Chile fell to the number one team in the world Argentina, even with superstar Lionel Messi on the bench. CONCACAF’s Mexico dominated Uruguay, the nation with the most Copa América titles at fifteen. Powerhouse Brazil drew in the opening round against Ecuador, one of only two South American teams never to have won the Copa América. James led Colombia to a 2-0 victory over the host nation, and that was all in the first round of ground play.
The U.S. national team responded to their loss with a 4-0 drubbing of Costa Rica in the second round of group play, setting up a pivotal fixture against Paraguay this Saturday night. With a win, the U.S. would be through to the quarterfinals. Against Costa Rica, the United States showed dominance on both sides of the ball, a great improvement from their Colombia match. Continuing the upward trend, the USMNT hopes to make a run in their first Copa appearance in almost a decade.
Two matches in the second round of group play are scheduled for tonight. Brazil will look to rebound from their opening draw when they take on Haiti in Camping World Stadium, home to Orlando City.
Below are the group tables for Copa América Centenario. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals.
GROUP A: (Winner faces Group B runner-up; runner-up faces Group B winner)
GROUP B: (Winner faces Group A runner-up; runner-up faces Group A winner)
GROUP C: (Winner faces Group D runner-up; runner-up faces Group D winner)
GROUP D: (Winner faces Group C runner-up; runner-up faces Group C winner)