USA will be hoping to end the first Copa America on North American soil on a high when they take on Colombia at the University of Phoenix Stadium in the third place play-off on Saturday night.
Thrashed 4-0 by Argentina in the semi-final, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men are available at 19/10 (2.90) with Paddy Power to earn a bronze medal at this competition for the first time in their history.
However, Los Cafeteros ran out 2-0 winners when the sides came face-to-face in the group stages and are 7/5 (2.40) favourites to come out on top once again. None of the hosts’ last 12 fixtures have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them taking this one in extra-time after a dead-locked 90 minutes.
Although this competition was regarded as an opportunity for the USMNT to prove themselves against superior opposition than the CONCACAF teams they regularly outmuscle, performances have not definitively suggested they are ready to rub shoulders with the global elite.
While they may have proved too strong for the likes of Paraguay, Costa Rica and Ecuador, Klinsmann’s side were outclassed both in their first meeting with Jose Pekerman’s team and the semi-final against a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina.
It has been a frustratingly familiar story for American supporters, who have grown used to seeing their team come up short on the biggest stage in recent years.
Having suffered a creditable failure against Belgium at the last World Cup, Klinsmann’s side failed to reach the Gold Cup final for the first time in six editions last year before losing out to Mexico in the Confederations Cup play-off against rivals Mexico.
Considering the quality of an opposition boasting talents such as James Rodriguez, Carlos Bacca and Juan Cuadrado, those 7/5 (2.40) odds seem rather generous on the USA coming up short once again versus a Colombia team that has come out on top in the last four successive competitive encounters.
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