EURO, Copa America Today: High drama on tap; Colombia meets USMNT again

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Prior to Tuesday’s blowout loss to Argentina, the United States men’s national team’s lone Copa America Centenario blemish was a 2-0 loss to Colombia.

The manager gets a chance to rectify that in some aspects during Saturday night’s third place game against Colombia.

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It’s the American highlight of a busy day in world soccer, as EURO 2016 opens its knockout rounds with a trio of matches in France that includes three matches with no true favorites (save for maybe Wales).

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EURO 2016, Game 37: Switzerland vs. Poland

When: Wednesday, 9 a.m. ET

Where: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne

Live updates: NBCSports.com

Poland’s stingy defense and dangerous attackers make them a threat in any game, but Switzerland can claim a similar game (formation differences aside). Expect the quality of Polish strikers in their 4-4-2 — Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik — to strike another blow for the formation in a matchup with the Swiss’ talented five-man midfield.


EURO 2016, Game 38: Wales vs. Northern Ireland

When: Saturday, Noon ET

Where: Parc des Princes in Paris

Live updates: NBCSports.com

Wales is favored in this one given Gareth Bale, though Norn Iron goalkeeper Michael McGovern is one of the stories of the tournament. Either side reaching a quarterfinal is an accomplishment, and promises to be a story of EURO 2016.


EURO 2016, Game 39: Croatia vs. Portugal

When: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens

Live updates: NBCSports.com

There’s real potential for fireworks when these two get together to finish the day’s EURO matches, with names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic in fine form. Given the side of the bracket, either could be on the path to a final with a win.


Copa America, Game 31: United States vs. Colombia

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

Live updates: NBCSports.com

How will the Yanks line up for their second Los Cafeteros encounter in a month? Sunil Gulati has assigned some significance to the third place game, so we’ll probably see a mixture of what worked for the Yanks in their three wins of the tournament and some fresh faces. With Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood and Alejandro Bedoya back from suspension, we might just see the exact same squad. Now, will Colombia care?