It wasn't pretty at times but the United States men's national team made it to the semifinals of Copa America after last night's win over Ecuador.
// FC Dallas //
A little more from Wednesday night's game. As you might expect, there was a little more on the negative side than on the positive side when you look closer at the result.
Outside of a couple key players playing 120 minutes on Wednesday, we were able to finally see a lot more out of guys like Juan Esteban Ortiz, Aaron Guillen, Coy Craft, Colin Bonner and Carlos Lizarazo.
It was a good run for Carlos Gruezo and Ecuador. He started all four Copa games for his country and looked pretty good in the process. I do like his role with the national team, playing a little deeper in the midfield above his defense.
// MLS //
One big blow to Philly here as they lose a key midfielder for the remainder of the season.
You never want to lose a key player from your team but in this case the player's health is definitely the bigger worry. I hope he gets the help he needs.
Columbus' season continues to take hits left and right as now they'll be without Federico Higuain for the next several weeks. Ouch.
// Copa America //
I think playing in Seattle was a good boost to this team but losing the likes of Jermaine Jones and Bobby Wood for the next round hurts a lot.
Jones is easily the biggest loss of the bunch in my mind. What he is able to do in the middle of the park can't be matched by anyone else on this roster.
Pretty sure we all had the same reaction last night when the card was issued.
Is anyone here not rooting for Mexico to advance? It is weird, I find myself pulling for them to get to the semifinals for CONCACAF reasons.
Good to see stuff like this right now as it was a classy gesture from US Soccer.