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USA-Colombia Kicks Off Copa America

James Rodriguez Colombia Clint Dempsey USA Copa America

The 100th anniversary celebration of the Copa America begins Friday in Santa Clara as the United States meets Colombia in Group A action. These two sides do not necessarily have a thorough history against one another, but the Colombians do have the slight edge in the limited matches they’ve played.

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  • USA has lost its previous five Copa matches.
  • Colombia has not had a clean sheet in its last five matches overall.
  • USA has won its last four matches overall while Colombia has won its last two.

Moneyline markets are razor-thin as online shop Bovada is presently offering USA at +170 and Colombia at +175 while the Draw is +215. The spread is set at a Pick with USA -115 and Colombia -110. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2 goals is -145 while UNDER 2 goals is +120.

Colombia has won the last two head-to-head meetings, both international friendlies in 2010 and 2014, against the Americans and have won the previous two meetings in the Copa America (1995, 2007).

The United States has never won the tournament and its highest finish was fourth back in 1995. Colombia, on the other hand, won the Copa back in 2001 but was ousted in the quarterfinals by Argentina in last year’s tournament when the two were left scoreless before Argentina prevailed on penalties.

Colombia enters the tournament ranked fourth in FIFA’s rankings and is a candidate to win this whole thing. James Rodriguez and Co. burst onto the global scene in the 2014 World Cup and will be gunning to lift silverware on American soil.