USA-Paraguay Copa America Live: 10-Man USMNT Grinds Way To Quarterfinals In 2016

Final, 1-0 United States: The referee blows the final whistle. Team USA beats Paraguay and advances to the quarterfinals of Copa America 2016.

#USMNT advances to quarterfinals. It’s their 1st time advancing out of group stage at a major tournament after losing their opening match

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 12, 2016

This is the first time the #USMNT has qualified for the #CopaAmerica Quarterfinals since 1995. #USAvPAR #Copa100

— Copa América 2016 (@CA2016) June 12, 2016

Dempsey’s goal was the difference in the score line, but the hearts, minds and souls of the current United States players have carried them through to the knockout rounds. Paraguay dominated the second half in the aftermath of Yedlin’s dismissal, but the U.S. defense held firm amid some of the greatest pressure it has faced since the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brooks and Guzan joined the ranks of U.S. soccer’s new-age heroes.

Team USA sits atop Group A, pending the outcome of Colombia-Costa Rica. Regardless of how that game plays out, Team USA has hit its first objective in progressing from one of the most difficulty groups in the competition.

Meanwhile, Paraguay is heading home due to its lack of firepower.

1 – Since 1993 (Groups of 4 teams), this is the first time that #Paraguay score only one goal in the group stage of a #CopaAmerica. Out

— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 12, 2016

Paraguay’s 3 group stage matches featured 64 shots and 104 fouls.

— STATS Football (@STATS_Football) June 12, 2016

3 – Today #Paraguay had their most shots (19), pass. acc. (86.8%) and poss. (65.4%) in the last 3 #CopaAmerica. Bye

— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 12, 2016

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Postgame analysis of USA-Paraguay >>

90th minute, 1-0 United States: There will be six minutes of added time in the second half.

90th minute, 1-0 United States: Johnson’s effort deflects out for a corner kick, giving Team USA a minute’s reprieve from Paraguay’s pressure.

89th minute, 1-0 United States: Paraguay’s Gustavo Gomez appears to have scored, but the referee’s assistant rules him offside.

#USAvPAR: 88′. Anulan gol de @Albirroja por posición adelantada. #CopaAmerica

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 12, 2016

88th minute, 1-0 United States: Jones receives a yellow card, joining the caution party in Philly.

87th minute, 1-0 United States: Beckerman curls a left-footed shot narrowly wide from distance. It would have been the goal of his career.

85th minute, 1-0 United States: Ayala misses the target with a long-range free kick.

83rd minute, 1-0 United States: Holding midfielder Kyle Beckerman replaces Wood, as Klinsmann makes his third, and final, substitution.

82nd minute, 1-0 United States: Brooks makes the first block, and Guzan follows with two saves , as Team USA escapes Paraguay’s best chance at scoring the game-tying goal. Almiron can’t believe what Guzan managed to do.

.@bguzan 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 #USAvPAR #MyCopaColors

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 12, 2016

80th minute, 1-0 United States: Lezcano heads Iturbe’s cross over the bar.

#USAvPAR: 80′. Cabezazo de Lezcano y cerca el empate de Paraguay. #UDCentenario #Copa100 #CopaAmerica

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 12, 2016

79th minute, 1-0 United States: The referee cautions Orozco for a foul on Iturbe.

78th minute, 1-0 United States: Paraguay’s Victor Ayala shown a yellow card for colliding with Zardes.

76th minute, 1-0 United States: Paraguay is putting 10-man USA under intense pressure by dominating the ball and territory in the second half.

27 – #USMNT has had just 27% of the possession in the second half of tonight’s game. Parked.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) June 12, 2016

75th minute, 1-0 United States: Midfielder Graham Zusi replaces Alejandro Bedoya in a seemingly like-for-like replacement.

71st minute, 1-0 United States: The referee cautions Rojas for a tackle from behind on Wood.

Wood earns himself a yellow card, too, for pushing Rojas after the play.

Didn’t someone say something about Philadelphia being the “City of Brotherly Love.” This is more like the soccer version of the Broad St. Bullies.

67th minute, 1-0 United States: Referee Julio Bascunan stops play, apparently because he suffered an injury.

Savage move by JJ. 😂 #USAvPAR

— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) June 12, 2016

#USAvPAR: 67′. Se detienen las acciones y entran las asistencias para atender una lesión del árbitro. #CopaAmerica

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 12, 2016

This comes moments after he failed to penalize a Paraguay defender for a foul on Wood, after the U.S. striker skinned a pair of opponents with a dribble.

63rd minute, 1-0 United States: Defender Jorge Benitez replaces Tonny Sanabria in Paraguay’s final substitution.

62nd minute, 1-0 United States: Zardes fails to finish off a counter-attack after Wood set him up perfectly. Paulo da Silva broke up the play, as Zardes set himself up to shoot.

Gyasi Zardes for the win… #USAvPAR

— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) June 12, 2016

The U.S. winger probably should have shot earlier.

59th minute, 1-0 United States: The referee shows Bradley a yellow card. The U.S. captain protests forcefully before walking away.

55th minute, 1-0 United States: Rodrigo Rojas replaces Ortiz, as Paraguay makes its second substitution.

50th minute, 1-0 United States: Klinsmann reacts to Yedlin’s dismissal by replacing Dempsey with defender Michael Orozco.

Team USA returns to a four-back setup, with Orozco lining up at right back.

Bobby Wood likely will be playing as a lone striker.

48th minute, 1-0 United States: The referee shows Yedlin a second yellow card for a tackle from behdind on Miguel Samudio.

Another look at the two fouls that led to DeAndre Yedlin’s red card. #USAvPAR #MyCopaColors

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 12, 2016

The U.S. is playing with 10 players following Yedlin’s red card.

DeAndre Yedlin is the first American player sent off in a competitive match since Jay Heaps in the 2009 Gold Cup Final vs Mexico.

— STATS Football (@STATS_Football) June 12, 2016

That’s DeAndre Yedlin’s 1st career international red card (2nd yellow). He will miss the next match if USA advances #USAvPAR

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 12, 2016

47th minute, 1-0 United States: The referee shows U.S. defender DeAndre Yedlin a yellow card for a hard tackle on Paraguay’s Miguel Almiron.

46th minute, 1-0 United States: The second half is under way.

Paraguay made a substitution at halftime, replacing defender Fabian Balbuena with forward Juan Iturbe.

Halftime, 1-0 United States: That’s the end of the first half. Team USA leads by one.

The United States’ job is half finished, and the quarterfinals are within touching distance after a fine first half for the home team. Dempsey’s goal provides the difference in score, but the organized and committed U.S. players also deserve credit for their first-half display.

60.3 – #USMNT won 60.3% of the duels against Paraguay so far. The team won at least 58% of the first half duels in each Copa game. Belief.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) June 11, 2016

Brooks’ tackle and Guzan’s save denied Paraguay’s best scoring chances. The South American side was otherwise ineffective as it approached the game patiently, looking to capitalize on Team USA’s mistakes. Unfortunately for Paraguay, the hosts didn’t make many.

It’s halftime in Philly #USAvPAR #Copa100 #CopaAmerica

— Copa América 2016 (@CA2016) June 11, 2016

History suggests Team USA should prepare for the knockout rounds, but Klinsmann won’t let his players lose focus until they complete the job, regardless of what the stats say.

The #USMNT record when scoring the opener in a #CopaAmerica game: 3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss. #USAvPAR #Copa100

— Copa América 2016 (@CA2016) June 11, 2016

The last time Paraguay won a #CopaAmerica game after conceding the first goal was in 1995 vs Venezuela. #USAvPAR

— Copa América 2016 (@CA2016) June 11, 2016

45th minute, 1-0 United States: Lezcano races in behind the U.S. defense, but Guzan saves his shot at the near post. Lezcano will regret not scoring the game-tying goal there.

#USAvPAR: 44′. La @Albirroja deja ir el empate. Disparo de Lezcano que se estrella en Guzan. #CopaAmerica

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 11, 2016

45th minute, 1-0 United States: There will be one minute of added time in the first half.

40th minute, 1-0 United States: Both sides appear more comfortable trying to counter-attack, instead of building play slowly from the back through the midfield.

It has made for a low number of scoring chances and high volume of fouls and restarts in this case.

37th minute, 1-0 United States: Victor Ayala fires a shot wide of Guzan’s goal in Paraguay’s best chance since Dempsey’s goal.

35th minute, 1-0 United States: That Dempsey scored bodes well for Team USA’s chances.

#USMNT has won the last 6 matches in which Dempsey scored in the 1st half #USAvPAR

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 11, 2016

33rd minute, 1-0 United States: Brooks eliminates more Paraguay danger following a mix-up in the U.S. midfield.

27th minute, 1-0 United States: Dempsey scores, and Team USA takes the lead.

Moments before @gyasinho‘s clutch assist on @clint_dempsey‘s tally. #USAvPAR, 1-0, 30′

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 11, 2016

The goal came via counter-attack. Zardes dribbled up the left side and held possession long enough for Dempsey to arrive in the box. Zardes then slid a reverse pass into the Paraguay area, and Dempsey finished with an authoritative first-time shot.

Gyasi Zardes –> Clint Dempsey –> GOAL, #USMNT. #USAvPAR #MyCopaColors

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 11, 2016

#USAvPAR: 27′. Clint Dempsey abre el marcador para #USMNT en @LFFStadium. #UDCentenario #Copa100 #CopaAmerica

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 11, 2016

The goal isn’t bad for a player, whose national-team career seemed under threat just a few months ago. As Dempsey goes, so goes the United States.

11 – @clint_dempsey just scored his second goal of the Copa America with his 11th total shot of the tournament. Legend.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) June 11, 2016

4 – Clint #Dempsey has had a hand in four of @ussoccer five goals in this #CopaAmerica: 2 goals, 2 assists. Symbol #USAvPAR

— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 11, 2016

@clint_dempsey playing his 127th game, equaling @marcelobalboa17 as 4th highest all time capped for the USA. Now has 51 international goals

— CONCACAF (@CONCACAF) June 11, 2016

Dempsey is now 6 international goals shy of Landon Donovan’s team record of 57 goals. #USAvPAR

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 11, 2016

24th minute, 0-0: Team USA has another free kick near Paraguay’s goal. Dempsey curls it over the top corner from around 25 yards out.

The U.S. could rue not converting these set pieces into better goal-scoring chances.

19th minute, 0-0: Guzan saves Dario Lezcano’s header at the back post.

#USAvPAR: 18′. Cerca la @Albirroja. Cabezazo de Lezcano que alcanza a controlar Guzan. #CopaAmerica

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 11, 2016

Moments earlier, Paraguay appealed for a penalty kick, but the referee declined.

13th minute, 0-0: The referee cautions Paraguay midfielder Celso Ortiz for tugging on Gyasi Zardes’ jersey.

11th minute, 0-0: U.S. defender John Brooks probably saves his team a goal with this monumental slide tackle.

.@j_brooks25 with a tackle-and-a-half to thwart a Paraguay counterattack. #USAvPAR #MyCopaColors

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 11, 2016

#USAvPAR: 11′. Genial barrida de Brooks para salvar el contragolpe de Paraguay. For the #TrueDirt de @ToyotaLatino

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 11, 2016

Ninth minute, 0-0: U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan collects a Paraguay free kick.

The game has opened in a start-stop manner, as the teams exchange fouls and free kicks.

Fifth minutes, 0-0: Fabian Johnson shoots his free kick into the waiting arms of Paraguay goalkeeper Justo Villar.

The U.S. has earned a pair of free kicks in promising positions early on.

Second minute, 0-0: It’s an end-to-end start, as Paraguay charges into the U.S. penalty area, only for the hosts to counter-attack. Both efforts come to nothing, but the intent is clear to see.

Kickoff: The Copa America 2016 Group A game between the United States and Paraguay is under way.

It’s GO time! Tune in to @FS1 now for #USAvPAR! #MyCopaColors

— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 11, 2016

Pregame: This is the first competitive game between the United States and Paraguay since the 1930 FIFA World Cup, and Team USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann springs the surprise of the century by doing … nothing.

Klinsmann sticks with the same starting lineup he used in the first two Copa America 2016 games. it’s the first time in his nearly five-year tenure that he names an unchanged lineup in three consecutive games.

He called USA-Paraguay a “knockout game” Friday at his pregame press conference and called on his players to show no fear against the South Americans.

#USMNT is starting the same lineup in three straight games for the second time in team history.

The other time was at the 1930 World Cup.

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 11, 2016

These teams have shown a tendency to concede early, having watched opponents score combined four goals in the first halves.

If Team USA can score early, stats suggest its advantage will be even more pronounced than the old “first goal is the most important goal” adage tells us.

5 – Paraguay only have five shots on target in their first two Copa America games. Only one of those came in either first half. Hindered.

— OptaJack (@OptaJack) June 11, 2016

6:30 p.m.: Here are the lineups:

United States

📸: #USMNT Starting XI for #USAvPAR

— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 11, 2016

#USMNT starting lineup tonight vs Paraguay.

— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) June 11, 2016

#USAvPAR: XI de @ussoccer ante Paraguay. #USMNT #UDCentenario #Copa100 #CopaAmerica

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 11, 2016


⚪️🔴 #CopaAmerica ¡#Paraguay con equipo confirmado para enfrentar a @ussoccer! #TodosConvocados #AlbirrojaSiempre💪🏼🇵🇾

— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) June 11, 2016

⚪️🔴 #CopaAmerica ¡Vestuario listo! A las 19:00 el partido ante @ussoccer #TodosConvocados #VamosParaguay 💪🏼🇵🇾

— Selección Paraguaya (@Albirroja) June 11, 2016

#USAvPAR: XI de la @Albirroja ante #USMNT. #UDCentenario #Copa100 #CopaAmerica

— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) June 11, 2016

6 p.m. ET: The United States men’s national soccer team stands 90 minutes away from destiny.

Team USA takes on Paraguay on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., in the teams’ final group-stage game at Copa America 2016. The United States will progress to the quartefinals with a victory or draw, while Paraguay must win in order to leapfrog Team USA in the Group A standings.

Paraguay midfielder Oscar Romero is suspended for the game.

The United States’ John Brooks, Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya are on yellow-card watch. They’ll miss Team USA’s quarterfinal game if they earn another yellow against Paraguay.

USA-Paraguay kicks off at 7 p.m. Join us right here for all the action from Lincoln Financial Field.

Just a couple hours to kickoff! #USAvPAR coverage starts at 6PM ET on @FS1! #MyCopaColors

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 11, 2016

Thumbnail photo via Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports Images

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