The Americas biggest tournament kicks off on June 20th with Argentina facing Canada and there’s plenty to look forward to over the next month. 

The Favorites

Reigning world champions, Argentina, are a clear favorite to lift their 16th Copa America trophy and they certainly have the squad to do so. Featuring many of the same faces that lifted the World Cup trophy in December of 2022, this squad is loaded with talent from defense to attack. Led by the legendary Lionel Messi, Argentina will rely on their main man to be the creative outlet going forward. It’s always hard not to get behind a Brazil team, especially one with this much talent in it. Real Madrid players Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo will look to continue their fine club form onto the international stage, as they try to help Brazil win their 10th title. Brazil have a well rounded squad and will need to be defensively solid to boost their chances of winning. Uruguay may be a much smaller nation than the other two, but they are still loaded with talent. The return of talismanic striker Luis Suarez should bolster their attack alongside Darwin Nunez as they look to secure their first title since 2011. Keep an eye on midfield engine Fede Valverde, coming off of a strong season at Real Madrid, to control play for Uruguay.

Dark Horses

These squads may not be as strong as the favorites but they still have a real chance to cause some upsets and make runs deep into the tournament. Colombia are coming off two strong wins pre-tournament and will look to carry that momentum into the group stage. Luis Diaz is the focal point in attack for Colombia and he will look to use his pace and skill whenever possible to cause issues for a defense. The United States have one of their most talented squads ever and will use the energy of playing on home soil to make a deep run in the tournament. Christian Pulisic will need to bring his A-game if the Americans want any chance of going far. Don’t sleep on Ecuador who have a young squad littered with talent, while also maintaining older more experienced players, like captain Enner Valencia. The creative and explosive Jeremy Sarmiento is one to watch, as well as 17-year old Kendry Paez who signed with Chelsea at 16.  

Notable Group Stage Matches

There are many intriguing group stage matches that could make the difference between a team getting out of the groups or going home. Chile faces Argentina on June 25th in a game that could end up causing some trouble for the World Champions. Mexico take on Ecuador on June 30th in a game that could decide who tops the group. Look for this game to be entertaining from start to finish. The Americans face Uruguay on July 1st in a battle for what could be the first spot in Group C. Brazil faces the Colombians the next day in a game that is sure to be end to end entertaining with lots of skill and flair on show.