Copa America Centenario Quarter Finals Lineups and Fixtures, Tickets

US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann understands that they have the crowd advantage and that they want to capitalize on it.

"We would love to see that they become more confident and courageous to take the game to the teams and not playing just counter-break football", said Klinsmann.

"I think John over the last two or three years had his ups and downs, little roller coasters like youngsters in general have, but he stayed very determined, very committed to what he is doing...."

Those matches laid out the foundation of this side heading into the knockout stages. "You're not getting it any bigger than that". Games can not end in a draw in the knockout round but Centenario rules do not allow for the normal 30-minute overtime in either the quarterfinals or semifinals, meaning ties will go directly to penalty kicks after 90 minutes. "It's do it or go home", he said. I think this Ecuadorian game will set a precedent for the American side and show if they are ready to play against some of the best teams in the world including Argentina, Chile, and Columbia. Veteran forward Clint Dempsey in particular has been in impressive form, scoring twice and assisting in two goals. "I definitely feel like in the last game, when we were down a man [against Paraguay following DeAndre Yedlin's red card], our defensive efforts were superb".

The predicted result is a close 2-1 win for the United States.

Since we last checked in, there's been two matches each for the two ex-Goats who have seen significant playing time in the Copa America Centenario.

"In general our back line is doing a good job so far and going eye to eye with [teams]". Yedlin is also losing out on making a return to his hometown for the first time as the former Seattle Sounders defender made a move to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League after the 2014 MLS season.

The cards - both for unsporting behavior - came within a minute of each other.

Consider it another chapter in the education of the 22-year-old.

It's something at which the United States has failed miserably - despite all the nation's soccer success over its past quarter-century renaissance. "He was too upset about everything: himself, the call and all that stuff". Expect more of the same on Thursday night. There will be moments when things go bad, maybe you concede a goal.

Even without Neymar, you would have expected Brazil to at least qualify from the group. As a player, if you're not learning every day then you're obviously not improving.

The fact that the game is played in Seattle also helps the well. Klinsmann was not interested in discussing those changes in advance. After recording draws against Brazil and Peru, Ecuador got the win it required against Haiti by an emphatic 4-0 margin.

"It's hard to say we're motivated by the Gold Cup, because this is now, it's current, so that's enough motivation for us". "We want to learn how to beat those teams in a really, really big competition".

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