Second-string Americans make little impact
The United States slunk out of the Copa America without a point to their name, and watching them play you couldn’t help but wonder if it had been worth them coming in the first place.
The U.S. lost all three games, the only team to do so apart from Ecuador who at least gave the impression they wanted to be there.
Like Mexico, the U.S. took part by invitation. Unlike the Mexicans, however, they opted to bring a second-string side of inexperienced players into the Copa America cauldron.
There are good reasons why the U.S. could not bring their best team to a tournament played just after they had won the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But the question remains, if they were not interested in competing, or were unable to do so, why did the U.S. accept the invitation?
Adam Spangler at This Is American Soccer argues that it was still the right decision to play in the tournament, but the South American authority CONMEBOL was reportedly far from impressed by the under-strength U.S. team. Jeff Carlisle at ESPNSoccernet calls the whole thing a wasted opportunity.
What do you think? Should the U.S. have skipped the tournament rather than bring a below-strength team?
Brian Homewood is covering the Copa America in Venezuela for Reuters