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Now that the Copa America is over, several standout South American players are looking to transfer to top clubs in Europe. Some could be less expensive now than later, while others are good bargains who’ve never played for a European team.
Before the Copa America began, Brazil’s new soccer boss said coach Tite will stay on the job until the 2022 World Cup no matter what happens in the tournament. But two of his players didn’t sound convinced that their coach’s future is secure. Defender Marquinhos and midfielder Casemiro gave Tite votes of confidence, telling reporters the coach has the squad’s support to march on after Sunday’s final against Peru.
The Copa America has been mired in problems including empty seats, poor pitches, long lines for fans to pick up tickets and issues with video review technology. But organizers of the tournament brushed off that criticism ahead of Sunday’s final between Brazil and Peru, insisting that the overall picture is positive.
Argentina remains optimistic about its future despite another year without a title. There is some hope going forward after the team’s 2-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinals of the Copa America on Tuesday, a result that extended the team’s 26-year run without a trophy. Lionel Messi says “there are some good and important players coming up” to help the national team.
Brazil’s home is Maracana Stadium. Brazil is going home on Sunday for the first time in six years. The Maracana will stage the Copa America final, where Brazil will play for a 10th title against defending champion Chile or underdog Peru.
Another elimination for Argentina and another missed opportunity for Lionel Messi to succeed with the national team. Messi’s streak without a title with Argentina has been extended after a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the semifinals of the Copa America.
Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 and will play Sunday’s Copa America final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The hosts will seek their 10th South American title while superstar Lionel Messi remains without trophies for his national team.
Brazil was left frustrated by both the Venezuela defense and video assistant refereeing after another lackluster outing at the Copa America. The Brazilians had two goals disallowed by VAR during a 0-0 draw with Venezuela in which they once again heard boos from the home fans.
Uruguay is starting to embrace the status of Copa America favorite. The Uruguayans were wary of it at first, but after their convincing 4-0 opening win over Ecuador it became hard to ignore the “Celeste” as a top contender for a record 16th South American title.
Lionel Messi was fed up and hurting three years ago after being on the losing side once again at the Copa America. Messi said then “the national team is over. I’ve done all I can.” But the five-time world player of the year is back at South America’s biggest tournament in Brazil this year.
Neymar sat out Brazil’s training session on Wednesday, a day after he limped off the field with knee pains as the team began its Copa America preparations. Brazil’s soccer confederation said in a statement that the striker would undergo physiotherapy instead of practicing with the rest of the team at the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Lionel Messi still awaits his first title with Argentina’s national team. Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile’s shootout finale and La Roja won their second straight Copa America title by beating Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.
Not quite a victory for the United States. Just a good enough effort to leave the team feeling better about itself.
Another year, another final for Lionel Messi and Argentina.
Tim Howard – remember him? – will be in goal for just the fourth time in five months when the United States plays Colombia in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday night for third place in the Copa America.
Jared Oliva homered for the first time in over two months and JC Cloney pitched seven strong innings, leading Arizona to a 3-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara in a College World Series elimination game Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lionel Messi was too much for the United States to contain. The five-time world player of the year set up Ezequiel Lavezzi’s opening goal in the third minute, then scored on a free kick to break Argentina’s career scoring record and assisted on the final goal in a 4-0 rout of the U.S. on Tuesday night that put the La Albiceleste into the Copa America final.
American players maintained over and over that playing Argentina and Lionel Messi in a Copa America semifinal on Tuesday night was a big deal, yet not mind-boggling.
Nathan Bannister matched his career high with 11 strikeouts in seven innings and Arizona capitalized on Miami starter Michael Mediavilla’s rocky first inning a 5-1 victory Saturday night in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
David Ospina made an outstanding flying kick save in a shootout, Christian Cueva sent Peru’s final attempt over the crossbar and Colombia reached the Copa America semifinals for the first time since 2004 with a 4-2 victory on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie Friday night.