Copa America Centenario Rewind - Day 1

Each day of Copa America brings more excitement and talking points. We will be bringing those to you in the daily Copa rewind. It's your one stop shop to get caught up on the proceedings. 

Biggest Winner - Colombia

With only one game on Day 1, this was a fairly easy choice. The Colombians began the tournament in the best way possible, with three points. Cristian Zapata opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes and James Rodriguez's penalty sealed the deal.

Entering the tournament, Colombia may have been seen by some as a favorite to go deep in the tournament. After one game, they're off on the right foot. They will hold their breath however as star play-maker James Rodriguez had to leave the match in the 72nd minute after injuring his left shoulder.

Daily MVP - James Rodriguez

James Rodrgiuez scored Colombia's second goal in their 2-0 win.

James Rodrgiuez scored Colombia's second goal in their 2-0 win.

After falling out of favor with Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, Rodriguez was keen to show his worth with the national team. James scored the penalty to give Colombia a 2-0 lead and created a few more chances. His injury is one to watch with the Colombians needing him at full health if they want to perform well this month.

Goat of the Day – Jurgen Klinsmann

The USA coach just can't seem to get it right. His tactics are continually questioned by fans and analysts and the result doesn't help his cause. With just days to turn things around and Costa Rica waiting, the German's seat could get much hotter before this tournament comes to an end. 

Biggest Surprise – Pregame

Seriously, what was that? Most of these pregame festivities at major tournaments are lame but this one was painful. Never book Jason Derulo again. This was all his fault.

Worst Moment – James Rodriguez Injury

Rodriguez went down with a shoulder injury on what looked like a dive. If James misses any time because of this, the Colombian team could be in trouble, and their star embarrassed at what caused his injury.

Best Goal – Cristian Zapata

The AC Milan defender opened the scoring after getting free on a pick play and burying a corner kick. 

MLS Connection

The United States started 4 MLS players (Clint Dempsey, Gyasi Zardes, Michael Bradley, and Jermaine Jones) and brought one on as a sub (Graham Zusi). As was the case with most of the US team, they didn't do much. Dempsey had a shot go close but other than that, the first day of Copa was forgettable for Major League Soccer.

The Final Whistle – What Now, America?

Where does the United States go from here. First, they hope for a draw in Orlando between Costa Rica and Paraguay. Secondly, they need a win against Costa Rica. Easier said than done; Expect some changes to the lineup to spur the attack. The Stars and Stripes looked flat on offense. Tuesday night in Chicago now becomes a must win. 

Saturday Slate

Group A: Costa Rica v Paraguay (5:00 PM ET, Fox) Orlando, FL

Group B: Haiti v Peru (7:30 PM ET, FS2) Seattle, WA

Group B: Brazil v Ecuador (10:00 PM ET, FS1) Pasadena, CA