Will the youth of the United States influence the Copa America?

Team USA faces the upcoming Copa America as host, determined to get the best score in this first test before the red-marked event on its calendar, the 2026 World Cup, which it will host with Mexico and Canada.

Led by Gregg Berhalter, the USA team was drawn into Group C with Uruguay, Bolivia and Panama.

The Stars and Stripes arrive at the Copa America on the back of a great moment of performance last March, after winning their third consecutive CONCACAF Nations League, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Mexico in the final.

However, before their first appearance as hosts, the United States lost badly to Colombia 1-5, partially making up for it with a 1-1 draw with Brazil.

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Berhalter “enemy” in good numbers

Despite the criticism, Berhalter achieved a record of 43 wins in 71 matches at the helm of the American national team, making him the third coach to achieve the most victories in the team’s history, tied with Bob Bradley.

He also has a winning rate of 75 percent, which is the best rate in the history of the American national team among coaches who played at least eight matches.

An archive photo of coach Gregg Berhalter, who is responsible for leading the United States national team in the Copa America Championship, which begins on June 20 in his country. EFE/Carlos Ramirez

Not being a member of CONMEBOL, the United States does not have a long history in the Copa America, but this year will be the second time in its five appearances that the team will host.

The first participation dates back to 1993, when the American team was eliminated from the group stage, while it finished fourth in 1995, after losing to Colombia 4-1 in the third-place match.

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In 2007, in their third performance, the Americans did not add a single point, while in 2016, in the Copa América del Centenario which they hosted for the first time, they finished in fourth place and again lost to Colombia, this time by 0.-1 in the playoff for place. the third.

Development in Europe, the key to the success of the United States

With an average lifespan of 25 years and 230 days United States national team He will face Copa America with the second youngest team in its history in the tournament.

Only the US team at the 2007 Copa America had a lower average age than this edition. In this case, the average age of employees was 24 years and 280 days.

The United States selected soccer players from eleven different leagues. England, with eight players, is the most represented.

Pulisic, a European champion with Chelsea and a current AC Milan player, leads a team that also includes Weston McKennie (Juventus), Tim Weah (Juventus), Yunus Musa (Milan), Ricardo Pepe (PSV Eindhoven), and Folarin Balogun (Monaco).

The United States national team aspires to reach the qualifying rounds and compete with the most prepared teams on the continent, including favorites Brazil and Argentina.

This note has been supplemented with information from EFE.

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