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Copa America 2024: What Can We Expect from Team USA?

The United States have had a fairly mixed relationship with the Copa America. They were knocked out of the group stage in their first appearance in 1993 before finishing fourth two years later and getting eliminated in the group stage in 2007. In 2016, they kicked off their tournament with a 2-0 loss to Colombia before winning three in a row on home soil, eventually losing to Argentina in the semifinals and Colombia in the third-place match.

Eight years later, the U.S. team is back in the tournament, and once again, they are the host country for Copa America. Can Gregg Berhalter’s side go far in this summer’s competition? Check out the latest Copa America 2024 odds here!

Copa America 2024: What Can We Expect from Team USA?
United States forward Christian Pulisic - Javier Vicencio / Eyepix Group

 

Can Pulisic Step Up to the Task?

“It just felt like they were waiting for us to make a mistake and then just kill us in transition. That’s just what happened over and over again. We were nowhere near the level we need to play at if we want to win games coming into Copa America.”

Those were the words of USMNT captain Christian Pulisic following Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Colombia, which marked the first time that the Americans conceded five goals in a single match since 2009.

The United States will be looking to bounce back on Wednesday as they take on Brazil in a friendly before kicking off their tournament against Bolivia on June 23 in Dallas. A trip to Atlanta follows, where Team USA will face off against Panama, before taking on Uruguay in Kansas City.

It seems highly unlikely that the United States will avoid defeat against Uruguay, who are tipped to win Group C at -135. As such, it is absolutely vital that the Americans come away with at least four points from their first two matches. In order to do so, they’re going to need Pulisic to be at his best.

At 25 years of age, Pulisic has reaped the rewards from his decision to trade Chelsea for AC Milan, racking up 15 goals and 11 assists for the Rossoneri in his debut season in Italian football. Capable of stepping up in the final third with a cool and composed finish or an inch-perfect through ball, Pulisic is the closest thing that the U.S. team has to a world-class player, and he’s essential to its chances of going deep on home soil.

 

U.S. Copa Chances: No to the Draws

This season, the United States have won six matches, lost four matches and served up zero draws. It seems highly unlikely that they will have any stalemates this campaign – they should be able to kick off their campaign with a resounding victory against Bolivia, and they should be also capable of avenging last year’s Gold Cup penalty shootout loss to Panama with a win, but it seems that Uruguay will overpower them in the final group stage match.

During Berhalter’s tenure, the United States have typically been able to come out on top against weaker opposition, but their inability to defend in transition and react effectively after losing possession has seen them torn apart against quick-moving, counter-attacking sides.

Whilst Team USA will be looking to deliver a strong performance ahead of the 2026 World Cup, which they will co-host alongside Canada and Mexico, it could be a step too far for them. We’re backing them to lose in the quarterfinals at -150 in our Copa America betting picks.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which team is likely to reach the Copa America quarterfinals?


The United States have an exciting young core which should, at the very least, see them finish ahead of Bolivia and Panama and make it to the knockout round.

Who is likely to finish as the United States’ top scorer in the Copa America?


Christian Pulisic has already scored 28 goals for the U.S. at the tender age of 25, and we’re expecting him to grab a few more goals in this summer’s Copa.

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