Our prediction for this Copa America Centenario 2016 match:
A place in the Copa America final will be at stake when United States and Argentina face each other at NRG Stadium on Wednesday. As expected, La Albiceleste recorded a routine 4-1 win over Venezuela in the Copa America quarter-finals and the fact that Tata Martino’s men scored 2+ goals in each of their previous four games at the tournament is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of the USA clash. Leo Messi scored in the 4-1 win over Venezuela, while providing two assists for his teammates and the Barcelona superstar is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. The Yanks did well to beat Ecuador in the quarter-finals, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Wednesday’s football match against the South American giants. Argentina seem to be at the top of their game and we predict that Tata Martino’s team are going to book their place in the Copa America Centenario final.
Highlighted Player (DeAndre Yedlin):
DeAndre Yedlin is a versatile 22-year-old young American footballer who is currently on loan at Sunderland from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. His primary position is as a right-back but Yedlin can also play as a wingback or a wide midfielder. He is known for his speed on the wings and getting great crosses on the flanks.
Yedlin was part of Washington Youth Soccer’s State Olympic Development Program from 2006-09 before joining the Seattle Sounders FC youth academy in 2010. He played college soccer at the University of Akron starting in 20 games for the Zips.
Yedlin soon made his mark with Seattle Sounders and earned the record of becoming the first rookie to be named to the MLS team of the Week on his professional debut and the second rookie to make it to the All-star team. He earned his senior team debut in 2014 and has 33 caps to his name.
Highlighted Team (Argentina):
Members of the CONMEBOL confederation Argentina national team are headed by coach Gerardo Martino and are considered one of the most nations in footballing world. Renowned for their attacking powers and defensive discipline Argentina have been playing their international matches since 1901 and their first ever competitive victory over Uruguay 3-2.
Commonly referred to as La Seleccion, Argentina are top of the FIFA World ranking, but their most recent records have been below par with the team last winning a major trophy in 1993. Two-time World Cup winners have lost the 2014 final to Germany coming agonizingly close to the crown they last won in 1986. Javier Zanetti is the most capped player with 143 matches to his name while Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi with 124 and 108 respectively are the current team members with most games to their name.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi is six goals short behind Gabriel Batistuta who is the team’s top scorer with 56 goals he scored playing for La Seleccion from 1991 to 2002.