Copa America 2016: USA 0-2 Colombia - 5 talking points
The 100th edition of the Copa America got underway with Colombia beating the hosts USA 2-0 at the Levi’s stadium in a bright start to the campaign. Christian Zapata and James Rodriguez got amongst the goals as Le Tricolour bagged all 3 points in the curtain-raiser, taking a huge step towards the knock-out rounds.
On the other hand, it was time for some more introspection for Jurgen Klinsmann and his American troops as they faltered on the big stage once again. Here are the major talking points from the opening game of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.
1) USA implode again when it matters
The Stars and Stripes have had a promising squad in the recent years, but for all the hype, they’ve flattered to deceive at the biggest stages. Now in this American showpiece where they are also playing the hosts, the US are considered one of the favourites, but their start to the tournament suggests anything but that.
The hosts were completely dominated by the Colombians and despite a late surge, barely managed to ruffle any feathers. The Americans were unsettled by Colombia’s swift counter-attacks and were also thrown into disarray during the set-piece situations. They also held 53% percent of the ball, but never really conjured up anything special.
Jurgen Klinsmann has been walking a tight rope ever since their failure in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and another disappointment here might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.