Thursday, May 23, 2024

It will be the second time in a decade that the prestigious Copa America tournament is coming to the U.S. The tournament will be held this summer and could potentially be the final act of superstar Lionel Messi in his country’s colors. If it is, he will have the chance to close out his international career by winning a third consecutive trophy with Argentina, and in the city where he currently resides. The Copa America final will be played in Miami on July 14. With the draw now set, our expert panel of Felipe Cardenas, Paul Tenorio, and Melanie Anzidei share their thoughts on the tournament ahead. Who had the best draw? Felipe Cardenas said, “After talking to a few journalists from Argentina, the consensus is that the defending Copa America champions received a favorable draw.” Paul Tenorio stated, “I find it hard to argue against the U.S. in this scenario.” While Melanie Anzidei commented, “I also would say Argentina, though having a supposedly easier route to the final may not always be in a team’s best interest.” On the other hand, they discussed who had the worst draw. “Mexico. Group B is as close to a “group of death” as there is,” commented Felipe Cardenas. According to Paul Tenorio, “If we’re talking about the Pot 1 teams, I agree it’s probably Mexico that has the sneakiest tough group.” Lastly, with regards to the USMNT’s path, “When the U.S. last played in a Copa America, the Centenario in 2016, it advanced to the semifinal,” mentioned Paul Tenorio. Felipe Cardenas stated, “The expectation for the U.S. should be to make the final. Full stop.” And Melanie Anzidei commented, “They would have to make it to the semifinal, at least, to have a successful campaign.” Regarding Messi and Argentina’s potential success, Felipe Cardenas stated, “Argentina is the best team in the world. And that means they’re head and shoulders above every single national team in South America.” And Anzidei said, “It would be a remarkable feat that Messi and…”

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