USA loses to Uruguay, exits Copa America

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The U.S. men’s national team was eliminated from the 2024 Copa America here on Monday after losing a crucial battle.

Uruguay faced the toughest team in Group C. For an hour, they neutralized one of the toughest opponents in the Copa America so far. They were able to withstand some physical confrontations. At times, they looked like they could win.

But what it needed was a recording.

Over the course of more than 90 tense, turbulent minutes here at Arrowhead Stadium, that never happened.

Instead, they conceded a controversial second-half goal from Uruguay’s Matias Olivera – which appeared to be offside but was confirmed by video review – and lost 1-0.

Panama, playing at the same time, beat Bolivia 3-1, leaving the Americans in a distant third place, to be eliminated.

At the final whistle, some players fell to the ground; others collapsed at the waist; others stood there, defeated and stunned.

But in the end, it was the previous match that cost the team dearly. The team arrived in Kansas City hurt and battered, having been beaten by Panama and pushed to the brink in Group C. A week earlier, it had seemed so simple; suddenly, failure lurked deep within Arrowhead, ready to pounce if the United States couldn’t beat Uruguay, the sport’s flyweight giant.

“We have to play the best game of our lives,” Christian Pulisic said on Thursday.

On the eve of the Uruguay clash, he amended his comments; they were exaggerated; “Maybe I was a bit emotional,” he said. But the scale of the task and the stakes were clear. “We have to play a really strong game,” Pulisic said.

After thirty hours they tried.

And in some ways, they did.

But Uruguay was stronger. He is Uruguay played stronger in the second half of Monday’s match and forced the United States to retreat. Uruguay was the team that was least troubled by physicality.

The first half was intense and tense at times. Heavy tackles led to several players being injured. Two players were forced off with injuries after terrifying collisions – Uruguay’s Maxi Araujo and US striker Folarin Balogun.

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The match was also full of officiating problems. On one occasion, referee Kevin Ortega blew his whistle for a foul on US defender Chris Richards, then took out a yellow card – and then kicked it wide to allow Uruguay to play with the advantage. The resulting chance almost led to the opening goal, but Tim Ream saved the shot.

Overall, the United States performed on a par with Uruguay—which was no mean feat. The Americans were better in the first 30 minutes of the match, which was a small victory in itself given the strength of Uruguay’s Marcelo Bielsa team.

But as has often been the case under coach Gregg Berhalter, the team failed to score a single goal, creating just 0.3 expected goals against Uruguay’s 1.3 expected goals.

“I mean we got off to a good start and brought a lot of energy.” Pulisic said after the match:“But in the end, the quality wasn’t enough. I felt we gave it our best, but we couldn’t find the solutions to score.”

Once Panama scored in the 22nd minute against Bolivia in the other Group C match, the United States had to conjure up some Quality; she had to create something.

For a few brief minutes in the second half, Bolivia gave the Americans life. The Bolivians tied with Panama. Had the two matches ended in draws, the United States would have advanced to the round of 16 on goal difference.

But less than a minute after Bolivia’s goal was confirmed by video review, the United States conceded a goal from a set piece.

Panama later scored a second goal to return to the lead, and then a third goal.

Uruguay maintained control of the match, ending the match with a 1-0 win, sending the US players to the locker room to face failure and exit the Copa America.

Uruguay's Ronald Araujo battles for possession with United States' Tim Ream during their Copa America Group C match. (Photo: Michael Reeves/Getty Images)

Uruguay qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2024 Copa America after eliminating the United States with a 1-0 win on Monday in Kansas City. (Photo: Michael Reeves/Getty Images)

They walked hard, frustrated, broken, desperate, before anyone expected it. Many players were asked in the previous weeks about expectations and criteria for the Copa America; the outside assumptions were that qualifying for the quarter-finals would be acceptable and qualifying for the semi-finals would be successful, but some players went further: Why don’t we try to win it?

No one could have imagined that the US team would fail in the group stage. This was far from the level of exaggerated feeling on the part of the US team. This would clearly be a huge disappointment.

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But that’s what happened, and now all eyes will be on what happens next. All eyes will be on Matt Crocker, the US Soccer Federation’s sporting director, and Berhalter. Most fans and experts seem to agree that He should Will he be fired? And if so, who will replace him? And if not, how will he and the U.S. team respond?

A team made up mostly of under-23 players will head to the Paris Olympics later this month. But for the entire U.S. team, the next 18 months will be relatively barren. There will be dull, low-profile friendlies. There will be grueling regional tournaments.

This is the Copa America tournament. Quarrel But that doesn’t mean the United States will lose everything, because this tournament was supposed to elevate the program; it was supposed to be a stepping stone toward the 2026 World Cup in North America. Instead, the United States will enter 2026 with no evidence that it can compete with the elite of world soccer.

Here’s how the match went in real time:

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  • Final score: USA 0-1 Uruguay

    The United States national team was officially eliminated from the Copa America, while Uruguay won Group C, and Panama finished second.

  • 90′ 6 minutes extra time

  • 89′ Substitutions

    Uruguay made a substitution with Luis Suarez replacing Darwin Nunez and Sebastian Caceres replacing Manuel Ugarte. Gregg Berhalter also replaced Tim Ream with Malik Tillman.

  • 79′ Substitution

    Haji Wright replaces Joe Scully on the U.S. team.

  • Official attendance at Arrowhead Stadium: 55,460

  • 72′ Substitution

    Gregg Berhalter replaces Josh Sargent for Yunus Musah.

  • The goal is certain

  • 66′ Uruguay score but the referee is reviewing!

    Matias Oliveira heads in the rebound to put Uruguay ahead but review underway

  • Bolivia scores, USA takes second place in group

  • Uruguay begins to impose itself on the match

    There were “near” moments that almost resulted in a goal for La Celeste early in the second half. They proved themselves the better team here. The US must continue to excel (and find a goal).

  • 50′ Matias Vina’s header goes wide of the post.

  • Back on track…

    With more blood-filled confrontations and challenges.

    Weston McKennie creates the first chance of the second half for himself, but sends the ball over the bar from 20 yards, off balance.

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