The USMNT’s match up with the South American giants marks almost 22 years since the infamous run-in with Colombia at the ’94 World Cup in the US.
Fortunately for the Colombians, Pablo Escobar is no longer at the helm of the Medellin Cartel, but they still should be worried about their encounter with the US.
The Americans are coming off of two friendly victories in the last week that will be a massive boost of confidence coming into the tournament. Ecuador is currently tied at the top of WC Qualifying for CONMEBOL and Bolivia is…rather shitty, but all teams need a good ego boost prior to an important tournament.
The infusion of true youth and the proper use of Darlington Nagbe could prove to be the game changer in a era where Klinsmann has been rightly criticized for his lack performance at the right times — much like the average Viagra user.
Pulisic bursting on the scene has proved to be a blessing and the youngster, brimming with confidence, can provide that technical ability on the dribble that few Americans seem to possess. The combination of Pulisic and Bobby Wood could be the key to winning the Copa or merely getting out of the group stage.
In all honestly, a lot of things have to go our way for an American victory come Friday, but I blindly believe in America because that’s just what we damn well do.
The Colombians are good, but not great.
James is coming off a disastrous campaign in the Spanish capital, hopefully the lack of match time will affect the 2014 WC Golden Boot winner and cause a tear filled result.
Let’s be honest, we all want to see James cry because Americans are mean and we love watching other people lose.
Cuadrado will be returning to West London after his loan deal ends at Juventus and hopefully memories of his awful stint at the club will remind him that he’ll never actually live up to his transfer fee in a Chelsea shirt.
Stranger things have happened in football like Leicester winning the Premier League and Hazard scoring a league goal.
A result against the Colombians is doable; let’s just hope for something other than an own goal this time.