The United States, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile remain as quarterfinalists in the Copa America Centenario.
Chile won last year, while Argentina is firing on all cylinders. Mexico has been terrific and Colombia’s done well when at full strength.
So who’s got the best chance to win the whole thing? Taking into account their paths and form, let’s sort it out.
8. Venezuela — When Salomon Rondon is humming, a win is always possible. But facing Argentina is a mighty task. Upset them, and who knows?
7. Peru — If they were to upset Colombia, La Blanquirroja would face the winner of Mexico-Chile. Holy smoke. That’s a path
6. Ecuador — Frankly, the Ecuador-USMNT match-up boosts both squads up the chart, because its winnable for either side and then you’re an upset of Argentina away from the final.
5. United States — See above, plus the USMNT is riding a wave of gutsy play and host status into the knockout rounds. Frankly, their schedule as hosts will have them better rested than opponents.
4. Colombia — Their stars are well-rested, and finishing second in Group A allows them to avoid Argentina.
3. Mexico — Their reward for dominating a group is a second place team that won the thing last year. Woof.
2. Chile — The reigning champs showed some defensive issues against Panama, but also showed how lethal they can be with Eduardo Vargas and Alexis Sanchez firing.
- Argentina — Look like an inspired side with a clear path to the final. Plus: Lionel Messi.