Colombia 1-0 USA: Colombia reaches 3rd place amid Puto chants by USA Fans

Colombia faced off against the United States for the glorious 3rd place match of the Copa America Centenario on June 25th of 2016 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It was a fantastic match, the Colombians brought a great atmosphere and the rivaling USA fans also brought in the noise and jubilation to the West Gate Entertainment District just outside the stadium prior to the match.

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Colombian fans would taunt the USA fans with Colombia chants and of course, the USA fans did not stay far behind

It was nice and toasty 118 degrees outside but with a little bit of liquid courage, the heat was no longer a factor, nor the fact that this match was for the 3rd place in this Copa Centenario Tournament.

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Soccer fans came from all varieties, the ever present Mexican fans and even fans of the Democratic Republic of Congo, showed up to see their favorite Real Madrid star James Rodriguez take on the Team USA who was ready to take revenge from the previous group stage match Colombia vs USA, were USA fell 2-0.

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The coaches took this match seriously and fielded their starting line ups except for Jurgen Klinsmann, who chose to field Tim Howard to guard the American posts.

As expected, Team USA ceded possession to the Colombians and played for the counter attack. 51% possession was for the Colombians, and Team USA only managed a meager 3 shots on goal, but it was an improvement from the 0 shots on goal from their previous match vs Argentina. Passing Accuracy for Team USA was at 79% which the lower percentage can be attributed to Zardes first touch on the ball. Colombia managed to break the bunker at the 31st minute, but still kept pressing the Americans into their own side of the field. In the 2nd half, Team USA pushed up their lines and started to take the initiative, taking it to the Colombians, who were playing for the 1-0 result. Things got better when Klinsmann took out Michael Bradley at the 79th minute for Nagbe and the team was able to push the Colombia to their own side of the field and hung on to dear life and that 1-0 result. Eventually things fell apart when Michael Orozco lost his cool and managed to get ejected during a scuffle outside the Colombian’s box. There was no time left, and even after Arias from Colombia got himself ejected from the match, and thus now will miss the first match of the CONMEBOL 2018 world cup qualifiers in September.

The 29,041 fans were mostly pro-USA by looking at the video below, where USA fans heckled David Ospina during the entire match.

The Puto Chant echoed through out the halls of the entire stadium, but David Ospina later on commented that he understood that USA was the home team, and this heckling was to be expected.

The match finished, Colombia 1-0 USA, and Jurgen Klinsmann, the Coach for Team USA made himself available to the media via press conference.

In the press conference, he offered signs of hope, and also denied ceding possession to the opposing teams as a strategy for Team USA, despite the fact that all his previous 5 matches, USA did not hold the majority of possession.

Colombia vs USA: 3rd Place Match, Press Conference with Jose Pekerman and Game Notes

Copa America Centenario is coming to a close, with the second to last match to be played on June 25th of 2016 in University of Phoenix Stadium between Colombia and the United States National Team for the consolation prize of 3rd place. Both teams arrived to this match when they lost their respective semifinal matches, Colombia lost to the reigning Copa America 2015 champions Chile 2-0, and the USA disgraced CONCACAF by being demolished by star studded Argentina 4-0.

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Jose Pekerman made himself available to the media on June  24th at the University of Phoenix Stadium, in a press conference and answered questions from local media and south american channels. He spoke about taking this match serious and wished that they had made it to the final in New Jersey.

Soccer Chronicle was able to ask a question to Jose Pekerman in regards to the quality brought on by CONCACAF. He spoke well of the US national team and Mexico’s performances in the world cup 2014 in Brasil. He says that certain results can distort the actual quality of the teams since the teams are so equal in quality in this tournament. Interestingly enough, El Profe Pekerman omitted talking about Costa Rica, whom Colombia lost to 2-3 in the last group stage match of Group A as recently as June 11th in 2016.

El Profe retired to the training grounds, to prepare for his last Match of this prestigious tournament, and below are a few game notes:

Colombia leads the series versus the USA with 11 wins, 4 ties and 3 losses.

Colombia has a 3 game winning streak in all Copa America tournaments vs the USA

Last match up result, Colombia 2-0 USA

Best performance for TEAM USA was in 1995 when they reached 4th place by losing 1-4 vs Colombia.

Clint Dempsey reached his 52nd goal for the United States, 5 away from tying Landon Donovan as all-time top scorer for the National Team.

Below is a small video of Captain of the Colombian National team James Rodriguez in practice, a day prior to the 3rd place match in University of Phoenix Stadium.

Tomorrow, the Tournament will come to a close, when Argentina faces Chile for the Copa America Centenario final. Both teams come firing at full speed ahead.

Mexico vs Chile COPA AMERICA CENTENARIO: 0-7

The title says it all, Mexico lost 7-0 to Chile’s national team in Copa America Centenario’s final quarterfinal match up, and it is single handedly the worst loss for the Mexican National Team in all its history within Copa America participations. Mexico lost 7-0 in front of 70,547 TRI fans, who congregated at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. The Mexican fans began to leave the stadium early as soon as Mexico had allowed 4 goals in the 52nd minute.

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The goals kept on coming. Like a bad dream that you are unable to wake up from. Mexico could barely muster 40% possession in the entire 90 minutes. Mexico had only 1 shot on goal in 90 minutes, also a meager 75% passing completion rate. The Mexican midfield was ran off the field.

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Juan Carlos Osorio felt Mexico was still in the game, after all, Mexico was down 0-2 at halftime. He made 2 substitutions, took out Duenas and Chuky Lozano and debuted Gullit Pena and brought on Raul Jimenez. These changes had an immediate impact, by Mexico allowing 3 goals at the beginning of the 2nd half and be down 5-0. Clearly Mexico was done for, so Osorio took out an attacker, Tecatito Corona for a defender, Diego Reyes. That did not help, and Chile went on to score 2 more goals and the humiliation had come full circle for the Mexican National Team.

 

At this point, what does one do, in the same shoes as Juan Carlos Osorio. Coming from the hottest winning streak in Mexican history, to crashing 7-0 to the 5th ranked team in the world, Chile? You go on a apology tour of course. Most all the players, including Chicharito, who has been avoiding the press and mix zones in previous Copa America Centenario Matches, was the first to come out of the locker room and apologize to the fans via the press. Then one after another, national team member came and said sorry. They gave us their reasons, they said they backed the coach and that they trust him completely. They all sang the same song and dance.

 

Santiago Banos who is the sporting director for the Mexican National Team also came out, and declared that coming from a record winning streak, to this loss of this magnitude, it can be considered an accident of Futbol. Almost hinting at this will never happen again. He also stated that he backs Juan Carlos Osorio, and that there is no plan B to replace Osorio.

 

Maybe Mexico needed this painful defeat. This generation has been dubbed, the most talented in our storied history of this National team. Maybe we need to fall, to taste rock bottom. Another door closed for the Mexican National team. Let us ride into the sunset, until a new opportunity arrives for Mexico to rise once again, and other doors open in 2017 and 2018.

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Preview: Mexico vs Chile Copa America Centenario Quarterfinals

Mexico Will take on Chile for the last semifinal berth in Copa America Centenario vs Colombia on a sunny California day here at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara California on 6-18-16. This match up has been sold out since Thursday of this week and as always, that promises a great Mexican presence in the stands.

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Also, I am being informed that @VillasArmy is already at the venue tailgating in Blue Parking Lot 1.

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Some game notes:

Mexico recently played vs Chile in June 1st as a warmup match before Copa America Centenario in which Mexico came out victorious with a 1-0 result. Mexico dominated the match Alexis Sanchez’s gun powder was still a little wet. Mexico’s defense was leaving room for improvement and that is still a work in progress.

 

Mexico’s overall record vs Chile is 14 wins, 4 ties and 10 losses.

In Copa America match ups, Mexico leads with 4 wins, 2 ties and 1 loss.

Last Copa America 2015, Mexico tied Chile 3-3, while Mexico fielded an alternate line up and Chile played at home.

Chile played at the Levi stadium vs Argentina, and lost 1-2. Mexico has the chance to turn the Levi Stadium as a venue for all Chileans to forget forever.

Dorsal #12 Pancho Villa’s Army Los Angeles Chapter party it up before Mexico vs Jamaica @ the Rose Bowl

The Tamborazo could be heard as you drive up to the historic Rose bowl in Pasadena, on a sunny typical California day. When you park, you will be greeted by the sea of green, and I am not talking about the gorgeous grass on the golf course that serves as a parking lot for the Rose bowl, but the 83 thousand fans that packed the venue for the upcoming Copa America Centenario group C match, Mexico vs Jamaica.

Now enter the Pancho Villa’s Army Los Angeles Chapter contingent @PVALosAngeles into this mix and you get one of the best Futbol atmospheres in this Copa America Centenario, that had everything, Mexican food, Tequila, and just unbridled jubilation from all the Mexico fans.

The tequila and other assortment of spirits starts flowing, combined with some fantastic live Tamborazo + beautiful señoritas, Pancho Villa’s Army delivered a great tailgating spectacle  of epic proportions.

The party was so good, that Photojournalist @afroxander , could not fight off the temptation of such good offerings and forbidden fruits by the LA contingent Pancho Villa’s Army.

These Pancho Villa soldados were just getting ready for war in the stands, in one of the greatest arena’s known as Azteca del Norte, formerly known as the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California.

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As always, there are fans who come and are ready to deliver a message

Then the message got a political overtone, not that I blame them.

Pancho Villa’s Army was ready with the Tamborazo in the stadium, and unleashed a large TIFU, that went without incident, like it happened in Glendale Arizona vs Uruguay.

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The 12th player, has entered the arena, ready for battle.

Mexico vs Jamaica, Uruguay Eliminated, sets up a great match up at the Rosebowl

Mexico entered the Copa America Centenario Group C match with the news that Uruguay had been eliminated by Venezuela in the previous Group C match up. Jamaica cognizant that today, they had to win today in Mexico vs Jamaica at the Rose bowl in Pasadena, in order to have any chance to qualify to the quarterfinals. This proved to brew the perfect storm for an exciting back and forth match up that had rapid changing high’s and low’s during the entire match before a sold out Rose bowl in Pasadena.

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Mexico started with the same line up from its previous match vs Uruguay, except Jesus Dueñas was in for the suspended Guardado, and Juan Carlos Osorio opted to field Yasser Corona for Diego Reyes and Raul Jimenez for Javier Aquino. Chicharito +10 + the 12th Player were ready to take on the Jamaican team and qualify for the quarterfinals of Copa American Centenario.

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Mexico kicked off a match that will be remembered for the player rotation and at times a shaky defense. Mexico will score thanks to Chicharito scoring his 45th goal for the Mexican national team at the 18th Minute with a fantastic Header. Mexico stayed on the attack and kept pushing up with their 4-3-3 formation to the Jamaican goal guarded by the Andre Blake.

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Courtesy of Ivan Fernandez 

Mexico maintained possession but was hampered by occasional turnovers by the defense. This emboldened Jamaica to play for the counterattack. That is when Yasser Corona stepped up and became the hero of the night, by saving the Mexican goal, and a combination of Ochoa’s trademark spectacular performances.

In the second half, Juan Carlos Osorio decided to change some inequities in the field and substituted Tecatito Corona for el Chuky Lozano. The key change that gave more balance in the midfield to Mexico, happened when Jesus Dueñas came off to give way for Jesus Molina. Eventually Chicharito came off and El Hermoso Peralta came on, which was a masterful key move by Juan Carlos Osorio, since Peralta scored and sealed the result for Mexico in the 81st minute. At that moment, it was checkmate. Jamaica says good bye to the Copa America Centenario with one match left to play.

Regardless of all the nitpicking on the defense that kept Jamaica with a clean score sheet, the 83,263 fans were treated to a fantastic night of back and forth Futbol, that will linger in their collective memories till the end of their times.

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Nestor Araujo gave us a small brief rundown on how the defense performed vs Jamaica, and he was kind enough to to answer a few questions about the match in the mix zone.

And Miguel Layun tells us what he thinks about him playing in a different position that he is used to

Ecuador vs Peru – Copa America Centenario Delivers Great Futbol in CONMEBOL Rivalry

11937 Fans went to witness one of South Americans storied and oldest rivalries in the University of Phoenix Stadium, when Ecuador faced Peru in the second match of Group B of Copa America Centenario. A little history of this rivalry between Ecuador and Peru, it stems from territorial disputes between the aforementioned countries.

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As in familiar fashion, political tensions tend spill to the Futbol world, and sometimes sets up some great Futbol matches with epic proportions, and this match absolutely had everything that a great Futbol rivalry brings

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Ecuador fielded an offensive 4-3-3 which was commanded by a talented offensive trio in the West Ham United forward Enner Valencia, Gremio’s star forward Miller Bolaños and English Premier side Swansea City’s Jefferson Montero. In contrast with the conservative 4-5-1 fielded by Peru who had the lone Flamengo star Paolo Guerrero.

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Even with all the fire power, Ecuador was against the ropes, since Peru scored 2 goals by the 13th minute. Ecuador lost their nerves and focus, and their passing suffered. Once Peru scored their second goal, Peru started to bunker with 10 men in their side of the field. That was a recipe for a scrappy game.

Ecuador started to find itself right towards the end of the first half, and started attacking in numbers. That left them exposed to the counter attack and Peru got close to their 3rd goal, but their saving grace came when Enner Valencia put on his super hero cape and scored in the 39th minute of a great pass by Jefferson Montero. The game then suddenly turned into a furious back and forth attack fest. It was a thrilling end to the 1st half.

The 2nd half, was all Ecuador, they held on possession, they had 5 shots on goal, compared to Peru’s 2 shots on goal. Both coaches made all their 3 substitutions in the second half. Ecuador’s DT Gustavo Quintero went for the jugular when he substituted Ecuadorian defender Juan Carlos Paredes for forward Jaime Ayovi in the 46th minute. The substitution immediately paid off since 2 minutes later, Miller Bolaños scored and tied the game 2-2 at the 48th minute. The few on shot goals for Peru, were all counter attacks or set pieces. The match was dynamic and scrappy, worthy of a south american rivalry. Eventually Gabriel Achiller got a second yellow card and got ejected towards the end of the game.  The match ended with Ecuador with 53% possession vs Peru’s 47% with a 2-2 scoreline. Obviously the rivalry was still not settled for once and for all

The fans for both teams came, and got a great dose of exciting Futbol, right to their feet. This Copa America Centenario, is starting to deliver the fantastic Futbol that it has delivered for 100 years.

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SOCCER CHRONICLE EXCLUSIVE! Fan to player opportunity Ecuador vs Peru Copa America Centenario

Ecuador arrived to Phoenix Arizona on Monday June 5th 2016 for their next Match, Ecuador vs Peru on June 8th for the Copa America Centenario group B match. They had their press conference and subsequently DT Quinteros y Fidel Martinez retired to the field to start their training. When they finished, that is when the magic began in mix zone.

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Before the players retire to their team bus, they must pass through a U shaped cross walk, designed for the media to get a chance to ask a player for a few words or remarks called the mix zone. Several players passed, they waved and smiled, emitting a sense of excitement for tomorrow’s match. Some said no thanks and kept walking.

Arturo Mina from Independiente del Valle, who just recently eliminated Pumas from their Libertadores campaign, decided to stop, and that is when it happened.

 

John Baque who was dining with his fiancee, in a restaurant called El Gaucho Uruguayo in Guayaquil, Ecuador, was the lucky Ecuador fan who was on the phone via Facebook video chat, and was able to ask a question directly to Arturo Mina, John was star struck and could only muster hello to and good luck to Mina.

Soccer Chronicle will try our best to bring more of these rare opportunities straight to the fans in the future. Until then, good luck Ecuador, for bringing classy players like Arturo Mina to this magnificent tournament.

Mexico destroys in the first half, suffers in the second half, but comes back towards the end to win 3-1 in the best match of the Copa America Centenario

Mexico took the field on a hot summer day on June 5th 2016 at the University of Phoenix Stadium, to a roaring crowd who had high expectations of this 8-0 team. A giant Mexico TIFU unfolded in the Mexico supporters section, only for the letter C to be foiled by angry Uruguay fans whose disdain was heighten when their national anthem was mistaken for the national anthem of Chile. Eventually that TIFU made it further to the east of the stadium to more welcoming Mexico fans awaited.

 

Juan Carlos Osorio unleashed a 3-3-3-1 formation that struck a great balance in defense with an offensive connotation. Mexico went all out during the first half, and they held on possession and scored in the 3rd minute. It seemed like it was gonna be an ugly night for Uruguay, since they could only muster a response from Cavani late in the first half. Uruguay just could not get passed by Juan Carlos Osorio’s great tactical plan and the chances where sparse. To make matters worse for Uruguay, Matias Vecino gets a red card towards the end of the first half, and leaves his team with 10 men.

 

Like night and day, the second was a different story. Uruguay took the initiative and held the ball in Mexico’s side of the field. Mexico’s vice captain, makes the mistake of getting a second yellow card, and gets sent off right at the beginning of the second half, making this game a 10 vs 10 match up. All of this created the perfect storm that gave the allusion that Uruguay could come back and actually take the 3 points. The teams fought for the first 30 minutes of the second half, the game got scrappy on both sides. At the 85th minute, Mexico makes a comeback and our captain, Rafa Marquez scores on the far side of Muslera’s goal. The stadium erupted in immeasurable jubilation, and a collective sight of relief, that Mexico still had more left in the tank. Hector Herrera sealed the deal right at stoppage time when he scored of a center. What a thrilling match that was witnessed in Glendale Arizona. In the end, Mexico had 59% possession, 3 shots on goal, and 81% passing accuracy. The celebrations continues even until now

The 12th player Mexico vs Uruguay Copa America Centenario

 

Its 115 degrees outside the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona, but that doesn’t seem to faze any of the Mexico fans. The fans are partying it up with the Pancho Villas Army, which are hosting a fan fiesta all out Pachanga at the Westgate Entertainment District.

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The beer, err excuse me, the Cerveza is flowing non-stop to the jubilant Mexico fans who are getting ready to support their team on Copa America Centenario’s debut match vs Uruguay on June 5th in Group C.

Pancho Villa’s Army setup the Pachanga at the Salt Tacos y Tequila restaurant, which allowed for non-stop celebrations 3 hours before kickoff. There was tamborazo, a Mexican music and traditional Puto chants all over the restaurant.

Inside the stadium, the Uruguay fans could not be left behind, they gathered by section 128 and started singing songs, but where expectedly drowned out by the Puto chants hurled at them.

 

This Mexican Lady won the night celebrations, seems like that is an indication of what is to come, when the 12th man takes the field

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