Copa America centenary edition is close to its end. There are only seven more games until the final and things seem to be getting hot. Eight teams made it to the quarter-finals. The matches are scheduled for the end of the week, between 16-18 of June 2016.
Copa America’s Quarter-Finals Schedule
On June 16, the USA team will meet Ecuador at the Centurylink Field Stadium from Seattle, Wash. It will be a rematch of the 1993 Copa America’s game when Ecuador won 2-0. However, Los Amarillos coached by Gustavo Quinteros, have not won against the USA since 2011. The Ecuadorian team qualified for the second position in group B, after a win against Haiti and two draws with Peru and Brazil, while the Yankees won group A after two victories, against Costa Rica and Paraguay.
On June 17, Peru and Colombia will compete in the second quarter-final at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Although Colombia won most of the games against Peru, the latter remains unbeaten by its northern neighbor in three straight matches. The Colombians also called Los Cafeteros, qualified for the second position in group A, after two victories against USA and Paraguay, while The Incas, coached by Ricardo Gareca, occupied the first place in group B, after a draw with Ecuador and two victories against Haiti and Brazil.
The last two quarter-final matches of the centenary edition of Copa America are scheduled for June 18. First, Argentina will face Venezuela at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Lionel Messi’s Albicelestes are the big favorites because the team, coached by Gerardo Martino, won 19 of the 20 matches played against Venezuela. Also, Argentina is the only team that won all of the games in the group stage, against Chile, Panama and Bolivia, qualifying from the first position of group D. Venezuela’s team, which has made 15 appearances in Copa America since 1967, managed to qualify after two victories, against Uruguay and Jamaica, and a draw with Mexico, being the second in group C.
Second, in the last quarter-final game, Mexico will meet Chile at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Arturo Vidal’s national team have not had a win against Mexico since 2011 and it qualified for the second position of group D, after two victories against Panama and Bolivia. Therefore, Mexico starts from the favorite’s position, being unbeaten in the group stage, after two victories, against Jamaica and Uruguay, and a draw with Venezuela.
In the first semi-final of Copa America, on June 21, 2016, the winner of the USA–Ecuador game will face the winning team of the Argentina–Venezuela confrontation, at the NRG Stadium from Houston, Texas. On the next day, June 22, Peru or Colombia will meet the winner of the Mexico–Chile match, at the Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago, Ill.
The final of the Copa America centenary edition will take place on June 26, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. This game will be preceded by the third-place match that will be played on June 25, at the University of Phoenix Stadium from Glendale, Ariz.
Copa America Centenary’s Statistics
So far, the largest attendance at a match from Copa America group stage was of 83,263 people at the Mexico–Jamaica game that took place in Pasadena, Calif., while the Ecuador–Peru match disputed in Glendale, Ariz., had the lowest attendance of 11,937 people.
Also, opposites are Argentina and Bolivia. The Albicelestes have the longest winning streak, while the Bolivians lead on the longest losing streak of Copa America Centenary edition.
The Heroes of Copa America Centenario
Although they are not playing for well-known football teams, eight athletes shined during the group stage of the 2016 Copa America, managing to qualify their national teams into the quarter-finals.
- Edwin Cardona (Colombia)
- John Brooks (USA)
- Christian Noboa (Ecuador)
- Christian Cueva (Peru)
- Alejandro Guerra (Venezuela)
- Jesús Manuel Corona (Mexico)
- Éver Banega (Argentina)
- Gonzalo Jara (Chile)
They were key figures in their teams at Copa America, being some of the most efficient players or even scoring goals. In the video there is a goal scored by the Mexican player Corona against Venezuela.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Cathy Milne
ESPN FC: Copa Am Statistics
CA2016.com: Eight Unsung Heroes from the Copa America Centenario Group Stage
CA2016.com: Copa America Schedule Information
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