Greetings soccer fans!
The USA U-20 team has advanced to the round of 16 at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Canada.Â The team finished in first place in its group and was the highest scoring team in the group stage with a total of 9 goals – 2 coming in a thrilling 2-1 defeat of Brazil.Â The USA now faces Uruguay which finished third in its group.Â All things considered the USA has the easiest draw to the semi-finals.Â If the team wins tomorrow, they face the winner of the Austria-Gambia game.Â Meanwhile, two top teams in the tourney, Mexico and Argentina, will likely face each other in the Quarterfinals.
The Copa AmericaÂ is onto the Semi Finals.Â Today, Tuesday the 10th, Uruguay face Brazil at 5:50 pm.Â Tomorrow Mexico and Argentina kick off at 5:50 pm.Â The 3rd place game will be Saturday with the final on Sunday, both games at 2:05 pm.
I’ll be up at the pub on Wednesday to watch the USA game and the Mexico v. Argentina semi-final.Â It should be a great evening of football.
A third international tournament is happening in southeast Asia – the Asian Cup, with first time participants Australia.Â The Asian Cup is being shown on Setanta.
So here are the games that will be coming up.Â All U-20 games are on ESPNU and all Copa America Games are on Gol TV.
Tuesday, July 10:
5:50 pm – Uruguay v. Brazil – Copa America Semi Final – LIVE
Wednesday, July 11:
4:30 pm – USA v. Uruguay – U-20 Round of 16 – LIVE
5:50 pm – Mexico v. Argentina – Copa America Semi Final – LIVE
8 pm – Spain v. Brazil – U-20 Round of 16
And I will tape these games from the U-20 Round of 16 – Austria v. Gambia (being shown at 10:30 pm) and Japan v. Czech Republic (being shown at 12:30 am)
Thursday, July 12:
1:30 pm – Argentina v. Poland – U-20 Round of 16 – LIVE
4:30 pm – Mexico v. Congo U-20 Round of 16 – LIVE
7 pm – Zambia v. Nigeria – U-20 Round of 16
9 pm – Chile v. Portugal – U-20 Round of 16
Friday, July 13:
2 pm – Iraq v. Australia – Asian Cup (who knows, maybe Australia can defeat Iraq)
Saturday, July 14:
11:15 am – Winner of USA v. Uruguay v. winner of Austria v. Gambia
2:05 pm – Copa America 3rd Place game (semi finals losers)
4:30 pm – Winner of Japan v. Czech RepublicÂ v. winner of Brazil v. Spain
Sunday, July 15:
11:15 am – winner of Zambia v. Nigeria v. winner of Chile v. Portugal
2:05 pm – Copa America Final
4:30 pm – Winner of Mexico v. Convo v. winner of Argentina v. Poland
Monday, July 16:
Thailand v. Australia at either 11 am or 1:45 on Setanta – Asian Cup
Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19th:
U-20 World Cup Semi Finals – TV times yet to be determind, but at least 2:45 or later on the 18th and at least 4:45 or later on the 19th.Â If the USA play, it would be on the 18th and likely be shown LIVE at 2:45, but we’ll see.Â We all know how much ESPN hates live soccer.
Sunday, July 22:
9:15 amÂ - 3rd Place Match on ESPNU – LIVE
12:15 am – Under 20 World Cup Final – LIVE on ESPNU or ESPN2 depending on what part of the ESPN website is correct.
That is all for now.Â Cheers, Tom