Monday, June 6, 2016

USA vs. Colombia, Copa America Centenario Opening Match

Finally, the Copa America arrived on the shores of America, and with it the crazy passionate soccer fans of South America.
The opening match for Copa America was held at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and featured Colombia, the number three team in the world, against the host country the United States.
There were many USA fans at the game...
...including a large group of American Outlaws fans that marched into the stadium from the tailgate.
Before the start of the match, there was an opening ceremony event...
...that featured hundreds of people who had to work together in harmony to pull it off. It was quite a site to behold.
The American Outlaws brought some TIFO for the game...
...but the Colombia fans were soon cheering after going up 1-0 within 10 minutes.
The USA fans looked on in stunned disbelief...
...before getting back to cheering on the home country.
But the Colombia fan's prayers of an opening game win were soon rewarded... James Rodriguez scored a penalty kick right before halftime.
After a quiet second half, the Colombia fans honored former player Andres Escobar, was killed after scoring an own-goal against the USA in the 1994 World Cup.
Many of the other Colombia fans celebrated the victory which put them securely in first place in Group A of the Copa America tournament. The USA will need to regroup before playing Costa Rica on Tuesday in Chicago.

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