Sunday night’s group draw for the upcoming Copa America Centenario has established what matches will be played in Houston.
On June 11, Columbia and Costa Rica will face off. Columbia is a highly talented squad featuring stars James Rodriguez of Real Madrid and Juan Cuadrado of Juventus. Costa Rica is an up and coming squad having qualified for the 2014 World Cup Finals and having won the Central American championship. CR may feature the best keeper in the tournament with Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas.
On June 13, Mexico will take on Venezuela. Expect NRG Stadium to be rocking with a rabidly pro-Mexico crowd. Mexico features a strong attack with Javier Hernandez of Bayer Leverkusen (finally getting to play after riding the pine with Man U). Chicharito has now scored 21 goals while winning 3 Bundesliga player of the month awards. Giovani Dos Santos of the LA Galaxy also knows how to find the net as an attacking midfielder. And Mexico is strong in goal with Memo Ochoa. Venezuela will have a tough time on hostile ground. They do have a strong defense led by center back Oswaldo Vizcarrondo Araujo of Nantes.
Red is predicting that the semi-final match to be played in Houston on June 23 will feature Argentina and – wait for it – the United States. That match would likely shatter TV viewing records in the US for any non-World Cup Final match. Hopefully, Red will finally have a chance to see Lionel Messi in action.