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 - Fans
It’s been a rough to start to the Copa. Heading into Sunday there’d been just three goals in four games and four pretty drab games at that. Jamaica - Venezuela wasn’t world-class, but we finally got some good soccer, a gorgeous goal and a couple close calls. But the real treat was Mexico - Uruguay. We got an early goal, red cards for each team, a dramatic equalizer and a game-winner from freaking Rafa Marquez. Are you not entertained??!! Argentina and Chile headlines Monday’s action so there’s reason to hope more goals are on the cards.
Daily MVP - Fernando Fiore
He brought a mini Rafa Marquez figure onto the FOX set, he shared a tender moment with Alexi Lalas. No one has more fun than Fernando Fiore. We love your antics and your energy, Fernando. Never change.
Goat of the Day - Wes Morgan
Jamaica was supposed to be a dark horse in this tournament, hardened by its experience in the 2015 Copa and buoyed by a run to the final of last year’s Gold Cup. Instead, it looks very likely the Reggae Boyz will be heading home after the group stage thanks to Sunday’s loss against Venezuela. Wes Morgan was key to Jamaica’s hopes, but he was reportedly unable to play after partying too hard celebrating Leicester's Premier League Title. Look, he absolutely deserves to celebrate and if he needs to recover and can’t play in the first game, that’s fine. But don’t tell your coach you can’t play and then be ready to come on as a first-half sub. Jamaica played better after Morgan came on, despite being down a man. You have to wonder if the Reggae Boyz get a win had Morgan played the entire game.
Biggest Surprise - Venezuela
Sports are great when they can provide an escape from the problems of everyday life. Nowhere is that more true than international soccer where a good national team performance can bring a country together. There’s a lot of bad stuff happening in Venezuela right now and no one would blame the Venezuelans if they came out flat. Instead, the lowest ranked team in the tournament put on a performance Venezuelan fans can be proud of, getting a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Jamaica. It won’t fix anything, but for a few hours on Sunday afternoon, Venezuelans had something to smile about.
Worst Moment - University of Phoenix Stadium plays the wrong anthem
I thought about putting this as “goat of the night,” but that’s a space reserved for less serious matters. This sucked. Think about it: you’re getting a chance to proudly represent your country to an international audience and the stadium plays the wrong anthem. You could see it on the faces of the Uruguay players, they were upset. This mattered to them. Worse, it was reportedly Chile’s anthem that was played - Chile doesn’t even play in Arizona this tournament!
Best Goal - Josef Martinez
Great counter-pressing, beautiful combination in tight space and a clinical finish. A great moment for Venezuela.
There were MLS products all over the field for the Regge Boys. Je-Vaughn Watson, Jermaine Taylor and Kemar Lawrence didn’t cover themselves in glory, but Giles Barnes was solid and Andre Blake came up with the save of the tournament so far. Rafa Marquez, who will always have a *special* connection to MLS, scored the winner for Mexico. Rumored Seattle Sounders signing Nicolas Lodeiro started for Uruguay, but was subbed off at half.
Final Whistle - Attendances
There’s been a lot of talk about the empty stadiums for these early group games. I’ll keep it simple. Soccer United Marketing is making plenty of money despite the low attendance numbers. SUM doesn’t care about attendance past making enough money. And that’s sad. These games would be so much better with great atmospheres. It’s too bad greed gets in the way.
Group D: Panama v Bolivia (7:00 PM ET, FS1) Orlando, FL
Group D: Argentina v Chile (10:00 PM ET, FS1) Santa Clara, CA