Featured Matches
Previous
Colorado
Chivas USA
3
0
FT
Game Details
Morelia
Atlas
0
2
FT
Game Details
Santos
Cruz Azul
0
1
LIVE 61'
Game Details
Gimnasia La Plata
Argentinos Juniors
(2) 0
(4) 0
FT-Pens
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Talleres de Córdoba
1
3
FT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Royal Charleroi SC
3
0
FT
Game Details
Queen's Park
Berwick Rangers
1
1
FT-Pens
Game Details
Grimsby Town
Mansfield Town
0
1
FT
Game Details
Morecambe
Preston North End
1
2
FT
Game Details
Tranmere Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
1
1
FT
Game Details
AFC Bournemouth
Southampton
0
1
FT
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Crystal Palace
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
West Ham United
Sydney FC
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Wellington Phoenix FC
Newcastle United
4:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Queen's Park
Berwick Rangers
1
1
FT-Pens
Game Details
Standard Liege
Royal Charleroi SC
3
0
FT
Game Details
FC Vestsjaelland
Odense BK
3
1
FT
Game Details
UCD
Derry City
Postp
Game Details
Bohemians
Cork
2
0
FT
Game Details
Shamrock
Drogheda Utd
0
1
FT
Game Details
Colorado
Chivas USA
3
0
FT
Game Details
Morelia
Atlas
0
2
FT
Game Details
Santos
Cruz Azul
0
1
LIVE 61'
Game Details
Gimnasia La Plata
Argentinos Juniors
(2) 0
(4) 0
FT-Pens
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Talleres de Córdoba
1
3
FT
Game Details
Atlante
Altamira
2
1
FT
Game Details
Mineros de Zacatecas
Necaxa
2
0
FT
Game Details
Oeste
Luverdense
2
1
FT
Game Details
América RN
América Mineiro
1
0
FT
Game Details
Boa MG
Bragantino
2
1
FT
Game Details
Antofagasta
Audax Italiano
0
0
FT
Game Details
Real Garcilaso
Melgar
1
1
FT
Game Details
Nacional
Deportivo Capiatá
0
3
FT
Game Details
Western New York Flash
Boston Breakers
2
4
FT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 14, 2007

U.S. to play Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia

CARACAS, Venezuela -- The United States will play Argentina, Paraguay and Colombia in the first round of this summer's Copa America, soccer's championship of South America.

The Americans, invited as a guest, are in Group C and open June 28 against Argentina in Maracaibo. The United States plays Paraguay on July 2 in Barinas and Colombia on July 5 in Barquisimeto, according to Wednesday's draw.

"Quite obviously we have been put in a very competitive group," U.S. interim coach Bob Bradley said during a telephone conference call.

The U.S. opener comes just four days after the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean, which will be played in Chicago. The U.S. team figures to make several roster changes between tournaments.

"The Gold Cup still is the most important event for us," Bradley said. "Obviously, it's our confederation championship. But the main reason that I think it's extra important is because winning the Gold Cup will earn us three games -- three very, very good games --in South Africa in 2009."

The Gold Cup champion advances to the eight-nation FIFA Confederations Cup, which will be played a year ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The United States, trying to rebound from its first-round elimination in last year's World Cup, is appearing in the Copa America for the first time since 1995, when it beat Argentina 3-0 in its final first-round game and finished fourth in the tournament.

Bradley is not sure he will even be around to coach the team. He was hired on an interim basis after former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann withdrew and has led the Americans to exhibition victories over Denmark and Mexico.

He was happy to open against what appears to be the toughest team in the group.

"Oftentimes when you can play that team first, it gives you the ability to really prepare well for the first game," he said.

Defending champion Brazil is in Group B of the 12-nation tournament along with Chile, Ecuador and Mexico. Host Venezuela was drawn into Group A with Bolivia, Peru and Uruguay. The top two teams in each group and the best two third-place teams advance to the quarterfinals.

Venezuela plays on the opening day against Bolivia on June 26 at Merida. The tournament will be played in nine cities, with the final July 15 in Maracaibo.

Because of the two tournaments, some players will be missing from Major League Soccer for extended periods.

"I know that there's always been discussions, and we will work together, as we always do," Bradley said. "Everybody understands that both events are important for U.S. Soccer."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.