Copa America

Can I kick it? A musical guide to the Copa América

In which we attempt to pair each Copa America competitor with a compatriot whose music reflects how they play on the pitch by Peter Macia | illustration by Cannaday Chapman Editor’s note: this story appears in a special edition book we produced for the organizers of Copa Centenario. It was written before the tournament and we …

Argentina’s painful journey toward coveting the Copa América

Soccer’s hard lessons, for a fan and his country By Juan Sklar | Illustration by Eirian Chapman Editor’s note: This essay appears in a special edition book we produced for the organizers of Copa América Centenario. “It feels like being dumped,” I said. “It’s just a game,” my girlfriend answered. She’s one of the few Argentines …

DTotD: Ezequiel Lavezzi tackled by advertising board, breaks elbow

https://www.youtube.com/embed/fhpzVxUyjs8 It turned out the pitchside advertisements put up more of a fight against Argentina than the U.S. did in their Copa America semifinal. Ezequiel Lavezzi, who opened the scoring in Argentina’s 4–0 win with a 3rd-minute goal, fell backwards over the pitchside board in the second half and broke his elbow. The injury will …

Fox attributes Copa America yellow card to U.S. women’s team keeper

Things went very bad very fast for the U.S. in their Copa America semifinal against Argentina. They conceded a goal within the first five minutes and looked completely bewildered from then on — a state that apparently extended to broadcaster Fox, who attributed a yellow card for Chris Wondolowski to U.S. women’s team backup goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. …

Chile beat Mexico 7–0, Brazil and Mexico become sadness buddies

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BuvkTNzqj7w It was all going so well for Mexico. Manager Juan Carlos Osorio hadn’t lost in his first 22 matches in charge of the team, leading them to the quarterfinals of Copa America Centenario to face a Chile team they beat 1–0 in a friendly just before the tournament began. And then they lost to …

Venezuela’s attempts terrible Panenka at even worse time

https://www.youtube.com/embed/OUCnsoV6sEM You’re down 2–0 to mighty Argentina in the Copa America quarterfinals. You’ve been awarded a penalty and now you have a golden opportunity to cut your opponents’ lead in half and turn the momentum. If you’re Venezuela’s Luis Seijas, a man who is completely insane, this is a perfect opportunity to show off your …

Michael Bradley wears rainbow armband to show support for Orlando

(@SoundersFC) Michael Bradley wore a special rainbow captain’s armband bearing the U.S. team’s “One Nation” motto for their Copa America Centenario quarterfinal against Ecuador as tribute to the victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead. Fans of both nations attending the match in Seattle showed their support for Orlando …