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USA Soccer Eliminated in Copa America Group Stage After Loss to Uruguay: Score and Standings

U.S. Men’s National Team Crashes out of Copa America: Recap and Analysis

The U.S. men’s national team’s Copa America journey came to a disappointing end on Monday as they crashed out in the group stages after a 1-0 loss to Uruguay at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. Despite showing intensity and managing to outdo Uruguay in possession, the U.S. struggled to find the back of the net throughout the match.

The first half was disciplined but the second half saw a sloppy performance from the USMNT as they frantically searched for a goal. A goal from Mathias Olivera in the 66th minute, off a set piece, proved to be the decisive blow for the Americans. The U.S. managed just 0.58 expected goals from eight shots, highlighting their offensive struggles in the tournament.

The refereeing also came under scrutiny, with several questionable decisions from the officials throughout the match. Injuries were also a concern, as both teams saw players forced off the field due to physical challenges.

With Panama securing a 3-1 win over Bolivia, the U.S. was sent packing earlier than expected. The team, which was aiming to make a statement in the tournament ahead of the 2026 World Cup, now faces renewed scrutiny and criticism. The early exit raises questions about the progress of the USMNT under head coach Gregg Berhalter, with many calling for changes in the team’s direction moving forward.

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