Our match prediction:
Copa America Centenario hosts United States take on Colombia at Levi’s Stadium in their opener. The Yanks impressed in a 4-0 win over Bolivia in their last warm-up game, but Saturday’s game against los Cafeteros will be anything but a walk in the park for Jurgen Klinsmann’s troops. Colombia head into the game following a 3-1 win over Haiti and seeing that both teams have been impressive in front of goal in 2016, we predict that over 2.5 goals will be scored in the opening match of the 2016 Copa America. When the two teams met in a friendly two years ago Colombia recorded a 2-1 win over USA and, taking everything into account, there is every chance we will see goals galore at Levi’s Stadium. Colombia ace James Rodriguez missed the Haiti game due to club commitments, but he will be the man to watch in Jose Pekerman’s team in Saturday’s football match against USA.
Highligted Player (Aron Johansson):
Aron Johannsson is a 25-year-old striker who plays for the German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen and the United States national side. He started his career with Iceland club Fjolnir before joining Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in 2013. He had a prolific stay at the Eredivisie club before signing for Werder Bremen in 2015 for a transfer fee in the region of € 5 million. However he made limited appearances for them due to a hip injury. Johannsson is a former Iceland U-21 international but made his senior debut for the United States in 2013. He was part of the American squad which finished fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup scoring in the quarter-final win over Cuba. He already has 19 senior caps to his name along with two goals to his credit. Johannsson is known as a very mobile striker and scores goals at an excellent rate – as was evident in his stay at Alkmaar.
Highlighted Team (Colombia):
Seleccion de futbol Colombia has stepped on to the international scene in 1938 with its competitive debut against Mexico. Colombia has in recent years become a national symbol of strength representing country’s efforts to fight the negative reputation. Passionate about their football team, Colombians have formed a huge fan base which enjoyed in their team’s impressive run to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals at the competition in which Real Madrid star James Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Boot for most goals and the Best Goal of the Tournament awards. Jose Pekerman’s team has also been named the Fair Play team at the same event. The fans were pretty disappointed to see their team reach the quarter-final stage at the 2015 Copa America though as Colombia crashed out in disappointing fashion losing to Argentina after a penalty kick. Radamel Falcao remains the most prominent star of the current team despite his poor spells with Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Monaco striker is also the team’s top scorer with 25 goals added to his name.