Many would be surprised to know Mexico's defeat to Chile wasn't the end of the Copa America Centenario. In fact, there are still four teams remaining in the competition, and two of them will face off in Houston, Texas on Tuesday for a chance at playing in the final. A depleted United States men's national team take on the number one ranked team in the world, Argentina.
Whether it's in the form of spite or to support the Stars and Stripes, there are reasons to watch Jurgen Klinsmann's side try their luck against Lionel Messi and Co.
For starters, this game presents the United States a genuinely historic opportunity in achieving something special. Beating Argentina to reach a Copa America final would be significant milestone for United States soccer and a statement in that regard. It is not every day a CONCACAF nation gets to showcase their skills among some of the world's best.
The one caveat is the U.S. will be missing three key players through suspension. Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood, and Alejandro Bedoya will all be out for Jurgen Klinsmann, making what seems like a tough task even tougher.
Given that, it creates a much forgiving scenario for the United States if Argentina decide to show up and thrash the hosts. La Albiceleste have far and wide been the best team in the tournament, and unlike the disappointing Brazil, they have treated this tournament with the seriousness and respect it deserves.
Finally, there is the aforementioned Lionel Messi. Bothered by a back injury early in the tournament, the Barcelona forward now looks 100% and ready to show why he is arguably the world's best soccer player. Now who wouldn't want to see Messi toy with the United States defense? Or, if you will be supporting the U.S., suffer another national team disappointment?
Match date/time: Tuesday 9pm EST, 8pm local
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: Univision (US - Spanish), Univision Deportes Network (US- Spanish), Fox Sports 1 (US-English), Azteca 7 (Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), TDN (Mexico), TVC Deportes (Mexico),
Radio: Futbol de Primera