Tonight, for the second time in this Copa América, the United States will meet Colombia. After a 2-0 Colombia win in the tournament’s opening match, the only two teams featuring Aston Villa players are set to see each other again in a battle for third place.
The only issue? Neither Villa player is set to run out for their nations in Glendale, Arizona, tonight.
Let’s start with Carlos Sánchez, which is a pretty easy case. La Roca, after looking pretty solid for most of the first half, was sent off in the second half of Colombia’s 2-0 semifinal loss to Chile on Wednesday, so he’s suspended for the third-place game. Pretty cut and dry there.
Brad Guzan’s a little more interesting one. Guzan looked good in stretches — and bad in others — as the American keeper during the tournament, but with the shot at a title gone, manager Jürgen Klinsmann is set to give former Everton and Manchester United man Tim Howard the start in net Saturday.
.@J_Klinsmann announces @TimHowardGK will start in goal for the #USMNT tomorrow. #USAvCOL pic.twitter.com/wwwHM89klU— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 24, 2016
Provided Howard does go, Guzan signed his tournament off with a subpar performance, surrendering four goals in a one-sided loss to Argentina. The world’s No. 1 side had not issues with the United States, keeping the Yanks from registering a single shot.
If you’d have told us at the beginning of the week we were getting United States v. Colombia, Part II, it could’ve been a Villa reunion. But with both our guys out, there’s no extra reason for you to tune in tonight if you weren’t already planning on it.