The United States have had a down and up group stage in the Copa America Centenario thus far. Things began on a dour note against Colombia with a 2-0 loss but four days later the United States picked up a 4-0 win against Costa Rica despite USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann not making a single change to his starting XI. It remains to be seen what Klinsmann will do tonight, though there are changes that could be made even after the impressive victory over Costa Rica, namely Gyasi Zardes whose first touch bloopers have become a bit of a laughing stock among U.S. soccer fans. And of course, expect the regular clamoring from USMNT fans for the insertion Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe and Christian Pulisic, the 17-year old who saw minutes playing for Borussia Dortmund this year.
Today the United States plays Paraguay, a team that while capable of springing an upset on the Americans has largely failed to impress. For starters, Paraguay played Costa Rica to a 0-0 draw in what has thus far been the tournament's most dreadful match and it's not even close. As a follow-up, Paraguay lost to Colombia 2-1 in what could only be considered a delightfully insane match at the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately for Paraguay, the match was not without consequences beyond the loss. Their most capped midfielder and arguably their biggest play-maker Óscar Romero picked up two yellows and will miss this critical match on suspension. Paraguay's a squad often lacking in attack to begin with, so the loss of Romero could prove costly.
For the United States to guarantee advancement, they need to win tonight. However, a draw tonight between the United States and Paraguay would mean that Costa Rica would have to defeat Colombia by 6 or more goals in order to see the USMNT out, a seemingly near-impossible scenario even with Colombia already guaranteed advancement. If the U.S. loses tonight, they are mathematically eliminated.
The match will be played at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles and Temple Owls football team, former temporary home of the Philadelphia Union, and site of Thursday night's bizarre Luis Suarez meltdown. Given the current state of the Philadelphia Eagles, this is probably the highest stakes football match that will be played there in at least the next year or two.
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Television and Commentators (U.S. English): Fox Sports 1 - John Strong, Brad Friedel, and Jenny Taft
Television (U.S. Spanish): Univision - Raul Guzman, Enrique Borja, Ivan Zamorano, Marcelo Balboa, and Ramses Sandoval
For international fans: Check out full television and streaming listings at LiveSoccerTV