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Copa America verdict: Best and worst game, best goal, biggest surprise, more

Anthony Richardson recaps the Copa America Centenario final, including the most memorable moments from New Jersey.

Now that the 2016 Copa America has come to an end, we asked our writers to reflect on its highs and lows.


Tim Vickery: I enjoyed Argentina's semifinal display in the 4-0 win vs. the U.S. and Chile's 7-0 quarterfinal rout of Mexico immensely; they were magnificent team performances. But in terms of a game involving two teams, I think I might have to go with Ecuador 2-2 Peru. The Peruvians started out like a train, with Ecuador straining to get back in it.

Jeff Carlisle: Argentina 2-1 Chile: This...

Argentina should drop Angel Di Maria, add creativity to midfield vs. Croatia

Editor's note: This was originally published by ESPN Argentina. Read it here.

MOSCOW -- Argentina's 1-1 draw against Iceland in their World Cup opener left them with at least three certainties: They can (and need to) play much better; doubts persist regarding key positions; and "this is just the beginning," the phrase that has become the motto of both players and coach alike.

While the tie at Spartak Stadium is not a complete disaster, it confirmed that Argentina's group is not as simple as...

Lionel Messi fears me after Argentina's Copa defeats to Chile - Arturo Vidal

Luis Figo said that he expects Lionel Messi to be at his best during the World Cup, as it will probably be his last chance to win the tournament.

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has said Lionel Messi fears him and his side after their victories over Argentina in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals.

Messi is still searching for a major trophy with his country as he prepares for the World Cup -- a tournament for which Chile did not qualify.

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Speaking to Brazilian Youtube channel Pilhado along with Bayern Munich teammate Rafinha, Vidal was asked whether he feared Messi.

He laughed and replied: "Do I fear him or...

 By Arch Bell

U.S. could have flourished at 2019 Copa America but won't get a chance

Once United States national team fans knew that their team would not be playing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, among the many topics raised (besides revolutionary changes within U.S. Soccer, of course) was the date of the next tournament for the U.S. men's national team.

Although not as illustrious as the World Cup, the 2019 Copa America in Brazil could have been framed as the perfect tournament for a new generation of players to start turning the page after that night in Couva last October....