Our match prediction:
The 2016 Copa America Centenario hosts United States had a difficult start to the showpiece tournament, losing to Colombia in their opening fixture, but they showed a great deal of improvement to hammer Costa Rica 4-0 in the second game. This means that one more point should prove enough for a place in the knockout stages, but the Yanks will want to build on the excellent performance against La Sele and record another victory. Paraguay, on the other hand, have been in all sorts of problems of late, failing to win any of their last five fixtures in all competitions, and after scoring just one goal in last three appearances, La Albirroja could find it hard to match the in-form hosts. Seeing as how the visitors are low on confidence at the moment and lack the quality needed to turn things around, we predict another win for the USMNT.
Highligted Player (Hernan Perez):
Hernan Perez is a 27-year-old Paraguayan winger who plays for Spanish club RCD Espanyol in Spanish La Liga. Perez was a late bloomer having built up his career for two different youth clubs before finding his feet with Tacuary. He made his top division debut in 2007 with them and was subsequently signed by fellow league side Club Libertad. But a serious right knee injury limited his game time at Libertad where he rarely appeared for the capital club. Perez’s redemption came at Spanish club Villarreal in 2009 where he quickly established himself in the main squad. Last year, he joined Espanyol and started showing glimpses of his skills. Perez was one of the best players for Paraguayan under-20 team at the 2009 South American Championship helping them finish in second place. His full senior debut came in the next year when he was selected to the 2011 Copa America. So far, Perez has won 26 caps.
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.