Biggest Winner – Venezuela
The baseball heavy country shocked Uruguay to continue to show improvement for the soccer national team. They essentially ended Uruguay’s tournament, and continued their own with a spot in the quarterfinals looking to best their fourth place Copa America finish in 2011. 26-year-old striker Salomon Rondon scored the winner for Venezuela and proved his pivotal spot in the center of the Venezuelan future going forward.
Daily MVP – Chicharito
Scored arguably the biggest goal of the day to send Mexico and Venezuela to the quarterfinals, and what a goal it was.
Goat of the Day – Edison Cavani
You play for PSG, one of the best teams in the world, and you miss a sitter from the penalty spot. C’mon man. Cavani had a chance to save his country and knock a lot of criticism around him away and he totally blew it.
Biggest Surprise – Luis Suarez warming up
Twitter was on Defcon 5 after Suarez was announced unavailable due to injury, but was warming up on the sidelines looking like he was about to come in to everyone’s surprise. But Suarez was the one who was most surprised when his manager, Oscar Tabarez told him he wasn’t going in the game. Suarez threw a FIT. Uruguay needs to work on their communication.
Best moment – Winfried Schafer in the window
The Jamaican manager was suspended from the match against Mexico, but that wasn’t going to stop him from using paper signals and waving to communicate with his team from the press box.
Best Goal – Chicharito
A great cross from Corona and a beautiful rising, snapper of a header from the Mexican striker for 1-0. Lovely stuff.
Fernando Fiore Moment of Bliss – Calling for a Mexico win
He donned a luchador mask after predicting a Mexico win. Seriously, this guy is awesome. Come hang out with us, Fernando.
MLS Connection – Andre Blake
The Philadelphia Union keeper did all he could to try and keep his side in the game against a relentless Mexican attack. He even almost saved Chicharito’s header, which would have been quite a feat. The keeper faced five shots and saved three, so it was not his best night in net in the end.
Final Whistle – Uruguay’s and Jamaica’s Tournaments
Zero points after two matches says it all. A disappointing last two major tournaments for the Uruguayans after a miserable 2014 World Cup. Same for Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz are headed home and will play for pride against Uruguay in the Group C consolation match of sorts.
Group D: Chile v. Bolivia, 7 p.m. ET, Foxborough, MA
Group D: Argentina v. Panama, 9:30 p.m. ET, Chicago, IL