USMNT crashes out of Copa América with loss to Uruguay

Group Stage Exit on Home Soil

The U.S. men's national team faced a devastating 1-0 loss to Uruguay at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, resulting in an early exit from the Copa América.

Controversial Goal by Uruguay

Mathías Olivera's 66th-minute goal, amid VAR scrutiny and U.S. protests, sealed Uruguay's victory and the U.S.'s elimination from the tournament.

Missed Opportunity

Needing a win against Uruguay to advance, the U.S. fell short after Panama defeated Bolivia 3-1, securing the second qualifying spot in Group.

Historic Exit

This marks the first time the USMNT has been eliminated in the group stage of a senior men's tournament hosted on home soil.

Previous Performances

In the last Copa América hosted in the U.S., the USMNT reached the semifinals, highlighting the disappointment of this early exit.

Key Absences and Injuries

The U.S. played without the suspended Tim Weah and lost striker Folarin Balogun to injury early in the game, further hampering their chances.

Referee Controversy

Referee Kevin Ortega's decisions, including contentious calls and delayed decisions, added to the frustration for the U.S. team and fans.