U.S. Men Survive, Head To Copa Quarterfinals

USMNT_ParaguayHeading into its third Group Stage match in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, the United States knew that a win would guarantee a trip to the quarter-finals.

While it was anything but easy, the U.S. defeated Paraguay 1-0 before a crowd of more that 50,000 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The victory was a true team effort, most good and some bad, with the team’s wyly veteran Clint Dempsey again finding the back of the net for his 51st career international goal, now trailing Landon Donovan’s U.S. record of career goals by only six.

Dempsey’s goal came at the 27th minute as Gyasi Zardes patiently worked the ball down the left side and found the streaking striker for the game’s lone goal.

On defense, John Brooks was again a monster seemingly getting to and clearing every ball and along with Geoff Cameron fortifying the U.S. back line. And when Paraguay did find an opening, keeper Brad Guzan was there to make several big stops.

And then there is DeAndre Yedlin. The match’s 48th minute will be one he will likely want to erase from the memory bank. After receiving a borderline yellow card, he followed that with a reckless tackle from behind just seconds later and received a second yellow. This forced the U.S. to play a man down for all but three minutes for the second half, which included six minutes of stoppage time.

As a result of his ejection, Yedlin will miss the team’s next match. He is the only U.S. player unavailable because of card accumulation.