How to watch USA-Colombia in Copa America Centenario live on TV, stream – CBS (blog)

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The party has almost started. The Copa America Centenario kicks off on Friday night as host USA battles talented group favorite Colombia to open up the cup. Three huge points and plenty of momentum are on the line as both teams hope to get a leg up in qualifying for the knockout stages after this one.

Coming off a poor 2015 and a rough start to 2016, Jurgen Klinsmann is confident he has the mix of players to make a run, while Colombia is thirsty for a trophy and feels that it has the talent to earn one after a poor showing at the 2015 Copa America. Ahead of the clash, here is everything you need to know, including how to watch, who to watch and more.

When: Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET

Where: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California

TV: FS1 and Univision Deportes

Stream: Fox Soccer2Go and Fox Sports Go

USA player to watch: Midfielder Christian Pulisic. The young Dortmund sensation has really looked comfortable with the USMNT, scoring his first goal against Bolivia on May 28 to become the country’s youngest scorer on the senior level. He’s quick, smart and creative with the ball at his feet, and his young blood could boost this team’s attack in the tournament. He’ll likely come off the bench, but he is going to get a shot to make a statement.

Colombia player to watch: Forward Roger Martinez. Yeah I know, ‘What about James?’ James Rodriguez is Colombia’s top player, but Martinez has star potential and knows how to do damage against the U.S. The 21-year-old Racing striker is inexperienced but has good size and is quick and clinical. He’s one of the reasons the USA men aren’t at the Summer Olympics.

Want to see how good he is? Check out this golazo against Bolivar in this year’s Copa Libertadores group stages.

What USA must do to win: Remain calm and dominate possession. Colombia has talent in the middle in James and Juan Cuadrado, who know how to beat defenders and create chances either for themselves or others. Holding onto the ball and building slowly in attack will go a long way to allowing the U.S. to stay in the game. Colombia isn’t the most disciplined team we’ve ever seen, so chances are to be had against a backline that isn’t afraid to commit to a challenge. By holding onto the ball with patience in the attacking half, the U.S. can keep the ball from Colombia’s dangerous players and pick and choose when to go on goal, looking to exploit the wings. Watch out if Frank Fabra starts for Colombia. The Boca Juniors defender loves to get up the field, meaning space will be there on the flank.

Where are the big names? The average soccer fan will notice James, maybe even Cuadrado. But for those big time soccer fans, there’s no Radamel Falcao or Jackson Martinez. The two big-name forwards, who both have seen clubs spend millions upon millions to acquire them, are off the roster, having failed to impress in quite some time. At the 2014 World Cup, Colombia’s forward depth was so good it would make most team’s jealous. Now? It is above average, nothing more. Carlos Bacca will be counted on as the hero in the final third.

What happens if the U.S. wins? Then it will be in a golden position to advance to the next round.

What happens if the U.S. doesn’t win? There will be some serious work to do, with another loss likely meaning elimination. The U.S. would probably take a point right now if it could.

Projecting starting XIs: USA – Guzan; Johnson, Brooks, Cameron, Yedlin; Bradley, Jones, Bedoya; Wood, Dempsey, Zardes. COL – Ospina; Fabra, Murillo, Zapata, Arias; Sanchez, Perez, Rodriguez, Cuadrado; Bacca, Martinez.

Prediction: Colombia 2, USA 1. Colombia has too much talent for the U.S. and will control the ball and create chance after chance as it marches to victory in the opener.

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How to watch USA-Colombia in Copa America Centenario live on TV, stream – CBS (blog)