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USA soccer vs. Uruguay score, standings: USMNT eliminated in Copa America group stage after uninspiring loss

A 1-0 defeat to Uruguay ended the team’s short participation in the cup

            Pardeep Cattry

By Pardeep Cattry of cbsspports.com contributing

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The U.S. men’s national team crashed out of the Copa America in the group stages on Monday, losing 1-0 to Uruguay at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. 

The tournament hosts played with plenty of intensity throughout the match and managed to narrowly outdo Uruguay in possession, but even an encouraging first half showed signs of trouble. While the U.S. limited Uruguay to zero shots on target, they took just one shot before halftime — a troubling figure for the team that was in desperate need of goals.

A disciplined first half turned into a sloppy second half, though, as the USMNT’s search for a goal became frenzied. It did not help that Panama, who they were tied on points with before kickoff, had taken the lead against Bolivia but the latter’s equalizer offered a reprieve midway through the second half. USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter thrust each of his pointer fingers up to tell his players that the score in the other game was 1-1, putting them back in second place.

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That hope was short-lived, though, as Uruguay scored the game’s lone goal just seconds later. Mathias Olivera scored a header off a set piece in the 66th minute, the goal surviving a lengthy VAR check that indicated that Chris Richards kept him onside on the play. The U.S. mad dash for a goal felt even more haphazard from there, and in the end, they managed just 0.58 expected goals from eight shots.

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The refereeing was also a constant spot of bother for both teams throughout the match, as Peru’s Kevin Ortega seemed unwilling to keep a chippy game at bay. He handed out three yellow cards but let several big challenges slide and also made an unusual choice by choosing to play advantage in Uruguay’s favor while handing a yellow card to the U.S.’ Richards in the first half. Several players also picked up injuries because of the physical nature of the game — Uruguay’s Maximiliano Araujo exited the game on a stretcher and in a neck brace while the U.S.’ Folarin Balogun also came off before the half with a hip issue. American Joe Scally also got hit before the break following a tackle from Darwin Nunez but managed to play much of the second half.

What’s next for the USMNT?

This result, coupled with Panama’s eventual 3-1 win over Bolivia, sends the U.S. packing earlier than they had anticipated. The tournament hosts were expected to reach the quarterfinals after being placed in what many considered to be a favorable group, failing to truly impress in any of their three group stage games. The Copa America was meant to serve as a measuring stick for the USMNT ahead of the 2026 World Cup on home soil, and instead of having a chance to prove their worth against the best of the best, the U.S. faltered against not just a team on the rise in Uruguay but stumbled against the statistically inferior Panama and showed nothing new in their win over Bolivia.

The Copa America experience now calls into question the direction of the USMNT since the 2022 World Cup, with many arguing that the team has made little progress since that tournament. The early exit will also inspire a new round of criticism for Berhalter, whose seat will no doubt be hotter as a result.

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Final scores and standings

Are the USMNT through?

No.

Final scores

  • USMNT 0, Uruguay 1
  • Bolivia 1, Panama 3

Live standings

  1. Uruguay, 7 points (+7 goal differential)
  2. Panama, 6 points (+1 goal differential)
  3. United States, 3 points (0 goal differential)
  4. Bolivia, 1 point (-7 goal differential)

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 9:00 pm EDT 

9 hrs ago

That’s a wrap for the USMNT

The USMNT officially lose 1-0 to Uruguay and coupled with their 2-1 loss to Panama on Thursday, they are officially out of the Copa America in the group stage. The team failed to live up to the expectations, being placed in a favorable group and entering the tournament with eyes on a quarterfinal spot. Gregg Berhalter’s team, though, did not ever put out a solid enough performance at this competition and so they crash out of the tournament. It’s a lasting stain on the team’s record since Berhalter took over in 2019, and will linger as their next big game does not arrive until they begin the 2026 World Cup.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 11:02 pm EDT 

9 hrs ago

Christian Pulisic sends it over the bar

90’+2 The USMNT are back at it in Uruguay’s box and Christian Pulisic has another promising opportunity, but he sends it over the bar. It is one of those nights for the U.S. and though they have not quit yet, it’s really feeling like a win is out of reach at this point.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:56 pm EDT 

9 hrs ago

Six more minutes

The fourth official indicates there will be six minutes of stoppage time to close this one out, giving the USMNT a little bit more time to score not one but two goals and save their Copa America campaign.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:54 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Some more substitutes

90′ Tim Ream comes off for Malik Tillman amidst the USMNT’s late charge at goal, while Uruguay plans to kill this game off by bringing on Suarez and Caceres for Nunez and Ugarte.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:53 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Haji Wright’s shot deflected

87′ The frenzied tone of the game continues on, with Christian Pulisic kicking off a play that ends with Haji Wright taking a shot inside the box but there’s a deflection. It’s enough for Uruguay to survive that play, as they have all night long.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:52 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Panama score a third

Substitute Cesar Yanis grabs a third for Panama in stoppage time, which feels like a victory lap. It does not necessarily change things for the USMNT — they still need a win to advance and with just minutes to go, two goals feels like an uphill battle.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:49 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Sustained pressure from the USMNT

82′ With just minutes left to preserve their Copa America campaign, the USMNT have spent the last several minutes in and around Uruguay’s penalty area. It hasn’t translated into too many quality shots yet as both teams engage in a frenzied finish. Josh Sargent gets as close as anyone to scoring in this stretch, but his shot is sent out for a corner that the visitors are able to handle with relative ease.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:47 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Another batch of changes

79′ The USMNT throw another attacker into this game, with Haji Wright coming on for the battered Joe Scally. Uruguay, meanwhile, opt to go slightly defensive — Rodrigo Bentancur comes on for Nicolas de la Cruz.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:44 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Christian Pulisic with a chance

75′ The USMNT are naturally looking for an equalizer but the shots have not really come off, most recently with Christian Pulisic hesitating despite having a promising shot on the edge of the penalty area. The USMNT have just three shots tonight and 0.12 expected goals.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:40 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Panama back in front

Eduardo Guerrero restores Panama’s lead with about 10 minutes plus stoppage time left on the clock, worsening the USMNT’s problems tonight. The U.S. now need to win if the result holds in Orlando — a draw will not be enough.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:38 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Changes for both teams

72′ USMNT head coach Gregg Berhlater makes an attack-minded change, switching on Josh Sargent for Yunus Musah and adding an extra attacker in the process. Jose Maria Gimenez, meanwhile, comes on for Matias Vina for Uruguay.

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Pardeep Cattry

Jul. 01, 2024, 10:37 pm EDT 

10 hrs ago

Uruguay take the lead

66′ Mathías Olivera notches Uruguay’s first shot on target with a header off a set piece and though the visitors get to celebrate, there’s a VAR check. It’s a long check in which Olivera looks offside on a few angles, but the refereeing team says the goal stands. That’s bad news for the USMNT — they now sit at three points, one point behind Panama.

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