Our match prediction:
United States of America will be looking to give fans some cheer following a heavy 4-0 loss to Argentina in the 2016 Copa America semi-finals. The good news for the hosts is that three Bedoya, Jones and Wood, who missed the Argentina clash return from suspension, return to the starting line-up and, no doubt, the Yanks are capable of making life difficult for Colombia in the third place play-off. Los Cafeteros suffered a 2-0 loss to Chile in the Copa America semis and the lack of confidence might prove to be a big problem for Jose Pekerman’s team in Sunday’s football game. Colombia did well to beat USA in the group stages, but we predict that the hosts are going to get their revenge on James Rodriguez and Co. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Clint Dempsey, who used to play for Fulham in the past.
Highligted Player (Murillo):
Jeison Murillo is a 24-year-old Colombian defender who plays for Inter Milan in Serie A. The centre back started in the youth teams of Deportivo Cali but made his senior professional bow with Udinese and Granada, as part of the partnership agreement between the clubs. He moved on a permanent basis to Granada in 2011 but spent most of his time on loans at fellow Spanish league clubs Cadiz and Las Palmas. His talent was there for everyone to see and soon he would end up moving to Inter Milan in 2015. Murillo made his international debut for Colombia in 2014. He was also a member of the 2015 Copa America squad and scored his solitary goal in national colors against Brazil. He would go on to win the “Best Young Player” of the tournament. Murillo is a hard-tackling no-nonsense centre back and is regarded as a ball-playing defender, which is almost a rarity in world football.
Highlighted Team (United States):
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team commonly referred to as the USMNT have been playing at the international level since 1916 and their debut 3-2 win at Sweden. The USMNT have first appeared at a FIFA World Cup in 1930 when they achieved their best ever result by reaching the semi-final of the competition and ultimately finishing third, which remains the joint highest finish of any team outside of the UEFA and CONMEBOL confederations. Following the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the United States did not qualify for the tournament until 1990. The US also hosted the competition in 1994, going out to lose to Brazil in the round of 16. Hosts of the Copa America Centenario, the United States will try to record a noticeable result on home soil under the leadership of Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann. The US have bright history in the century-old tournament and will hope to repeat the glorious 1995 run when they finished fourth.