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Better, but not good enough for U.S. vs. Colombia

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The U.S. finished the Copa America Centenario on Saturday the same way it started the tournament three weeks ago: by losing to Colombia.

But while the result didn't change, just about everything else did. Where the U.S. appeared passive and overwhelmed in the Centenario opener, in Saturday's third-place game it played ...Read more

US is seeking a little consolation

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dutch Coach Louis van Gaal left little doubt how he felt about his team having to contest a third-place game in the last World Cup.

"This match should never be played," he complained. "No football tournament ... should have players playing for third or fourth."

Juergen Klinsmann would beg to differ. In his final appearance ...Read more

Copa America Centenario is breaking records

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With two games still to play, the Copa America Centenario is already the most successful edition of the world's oldest international soccer tournament, having smashed records for attendance, television viewership, digital and social media engagement and revenue.

"It is beyond, certainly, all of our expectations," U.S. Soccer ...Read more

Chile weathers delay, beats Colombia in Copa America semifinal

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CHICAGO--A tornado watch and thunderstorms couldn't match the intensity of Chile's start against Colombia in the Copa America Centenario semifinal at Soldier Field on Wednesday night.

Defending champion Chile scored two goals in the first 12 minutes and withstood a weather delay of more than two hours to defeat Colombia 2-0 and secure its place...Read more

Klinsmann: U.S. players showed Argentina “far too much respect”

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U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann insisted his players were not afraid of top-ranked Argentina and Lionel Messi before Tuesday night's Copa America Centenario semifinal. He cautioned his team against "talking up Argentina any bigger than they are."

But it was clear from the opening minutes at NRG Stadium in Houston that the Americans were outmanned, ...Read more

Argentina advances to Copa America final after 4-0 rout of US

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HOUSTON -- Juergen Klinsmann's aim from his first day as coach of the national soccer team was to prove the U.S. could compete with the best in the world.

On Tuesday he learned that goal is still a few years away, with Argentina dominating the U.S., 4-0, in a Copa America Centenario semifinal played before a sellout crowd of 70,858 at NRG ...Read more

Chile, Colombia set to meet in Copa showdown at Soldier Field

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Wednesday in Chicago will be brought to you by the letter "C."

There will be the series finale of Cubs-Cardinals in the afternoon, with another pair of teams beginning with "C" locking horns and feet along the lakefront at night in a semifinal of the Copa America Centenario between Chile and Colombia -- two rising powers in soccer.

When the ...Read more

Klinsmann is working to convince US team that Messi, Argentina are beatable

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HOUSTON -- Matt Besler has spent the past couple of days studying film of Argentina's Lionel Messi, searching for flaws and weaknesses, only to come to a frightful conclusion: there aren't any.

And that could be a huge problem for the U.S., which faces Messi and Argentina, the world's top-ranked team, in a Copa America Centenario semifinal ...Read more

US men's coach Klinsmann on Argentina: 'We're not scared of them at all'

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If U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is intimidated by the challenge of facing No. 1 ranked Argentina and Lionel Messi in the Copa America Centenario semifinals Tuesday night, he certainly isn't letting on.

Klinsmann said before the tournament that his goal was reaching the final four. Now, he is dreaming bigger.

"There's no reason at all why we can...Read more

Vargas scores four goals as Chile blasts Mexico

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Chile, perhaps more than any other team, came into this month's Copa America Centenario feeling it had something to prove.

Although it is the defending champion, it wasn't given one of the tournament's four seeds. Although Chiles is ranked fifth in the world, most of the pre-Centenario attention focused on Argentina, ...Read more

Victory for US is a Copa coup

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SEATTLE -- Clint Dempsey has played in two World Cups, beat Spain in the semifinals of a Confederations Cup and participated in a Europe League final. But after scoring one goal and assisting on the second Thursday in a 2-1 win over Ecuador in a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal, Dempsey was ready to place his most recent game alongside the ...Read more

US advances to Copa America semifinals with 2-1 win over Ecuador

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SEATTLE -- The Pacific Northwest put its mark on a massive victory by the United States national team Thursday.

The USA advanced to the semifinals of Copa America Centenario with a 2-1 win over Ecuador, the 12-ranked team in the world.

Seattle Sounder Clint Dempsey figured in both goals -- scoring the first and assisting the second. And the ...Read more

US advances to Copa America semifinals with 2-1 win over Ecuador

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SEATTLE -- This stadium hasn't always brought the best out of Clint Dempsey the Sounder this MLS season, the veteran forward struggling to adjust to life after Obafemi Martins. But in a U.S. national team jersey, when the stakes are at their very highest, there are still few players more adept at rising to the occasion.

Dempsey provided ...Read more

Clint Dempsey still plays with chip on his shoulder, scowl in his gaze

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Clint Dempsey's eyes have always been uncommonly expressive, nearly as adept at driving home a point as the prominent veins in his neck.

Dempsey's eyes are what hold your attention as the camera pans down the line of United States players singing the national anthem ahead of their Copa America matchup against Costa Rica. Sounders teammate and ...Read more

Messi plays second half in Argentina's 3-0 win against Bolivia

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SEATTLE -- At 6:56 p.m., less than half an hour before the scheduled kickoff time, anticipation turned to impatience. Necks craned for a glimpse of Lionel Messi, the Greatest Player in the World, kids in Barcelona jerseys tugging on their parents' sleeves.

Argentina's starting 11 was stretching in a circle on the edge of the box, and Messi was ...Read more

Chile rolls past Panama, into knockout round

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PHILADELPHIA -- The creative brilliance of Chile was clearly on display Tuesday night, and the relentless pressure paved the way to a Copa America Centerario quarterfinal berth.

Needing just a tie to advance to the knockout round, Chile went one step better with a 4-2 win over Panama in the Group D finale for both teams before 27,260 at Lincoln...Read more

Copa America: Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez under fire

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Uruguay is scrunched next to soccer powers Brazil and Argentina. But natives of this tiny country are just as demanding of their soccer team.

It's one reason why venerable coach Oscar Tabarez faced a grilling from reporters before La Celeste defeated Jamaica 3-0 on Monday night at Levi's Stadium in a meaningless Copa ...Read more

Messi has just one goal in mind

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It took Lionel Messi 28 years to get around to playing a competitive game in the U.S. It was worth waiting for.

After sitting out Argentina's first game in the Copa America Centenario, Messi entered the second match Friday, against Panama in Chicago, as a second-half substitute, then scored three goals and assisted on a fourth in just 29 ...Read more

US team's toughness helps it reach Copa quarterfinals

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The United States national team has shown plenty of skill in the Copa America Centenario, but the team's mental toughness may have put it over the top and into the quarterfinals.

It was especially evident Saturday in a 1-0 win over Paraguay before a boisterous crowd of 51,041 at Lincoln Financial Field, but it first began after the opening 2-0 ...Read more

U.S. has reason to be excited after 1-0 win over Paraguay

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PHILADELPHIA -- When the final whistle sounded on the U.S. national team's 1-0 win over Paraguay on Saturday, players rushed off the bench to embrace the starters near the midfield circle.

Clint Dempsey, who scored the only U.S. goal, exchanged a hug and a handshake with defender John Brooks, who prevented two Paraguayan goals. Gyasi Zardes, ...Read more