Alright, so this match is sort of a big deal. I mean, kind of. I dunno. A lot of our British readers probably don’t care, but for those of us in the Americas, it’s pretty awesome. And for Aston Villa fans, we actually have a connection to the most important football match in the world today (offer good only for today).
So here’s the lowdown: it’s the United States vs. Argentina in the Copa América Centenario semifinal. The USMNT is hobbled by suspensions (including those to Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood, and Alejandro Bedoya) and Argentina is hobbled by... uh... having the best player in the world? Leo Messi is absolutely on fire in this tournament, and without the bulk of their midfield the United States will struggle to contain him and Argentina’s potent attack.
Which means it will come down to... Brad Guzan. The goalkeeper that most Villa fans love to hate has been looking very good for the USMNT in this tournament (which will be of little consolation to the claret and blue faithful). But even a strong goalkeeper on a great day could easily have trouble with Messi. If the US is to have any hope, they’ll need Guzan to play at his absolute peak.
All in all, it should be fun! Either it’ll be a close, hard-fought match on US soil, or Argentina will destroy Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad and we’ll get to watch Messi and his compatriots do things that should be prohibited by physics. Feel free to jump into the comments before, during, and after the match. Here’s how you can tune in!
How to Watch
Kickoff Time: 2 a.m. BST, 9:00 p.m. ET, 6:00 p.m. PT
Available TV: Fox Sports 1, Univision, and Univision Deportes