Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Wikimedia Commons

Viewing parties will be held at six locations in the Southland for Saturday’s telecasts of the U.S.-Colombia Copa America Centenario third-place game.

The men’s soccer game from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will begin at 5 p.m. and be televised in English by cable’s FX and in Spanish by Univision and cable’s Univision Deportes Network.

The viewing parties will be held at:

— The Auld Dubliner, 2497 E Ave., Tustin;

— The Brew & Meatball Co., 325 N. Citrus Ave., Covina;

— Q’s Billiard Club, 11835 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood;

— 1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz;

— Shannon’s On Pine, 209 Pine Ave., Long Beach; and

— Underground Pub & Grill, 1332 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.

The parties are organized by various chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams.

The game is rematch of Colombia’s 2-0 victory in a Group A game June 3 in Santa Clara in the tournament’s opening game.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard will start for the U.S. in his first appearance of the tournament, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said on Friday.

The U.S. will have all its players available. Forward Bobby Wood and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya were both suspended for Tuesday’s 4-0 semifinal loss to Argentina because of yellow card accumulation through the first four games of the tournament, while midfielder Jermaine Jones was suspended for receiving a red card in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Ecuador on June 16.

Klinsmann said he will deploy “the strongest team possible” today as the U.S. seeks its best finish in its four Copa America appearances. The U.S. lost to Colombia, 4-1, in the 1995 third-place match.

The U.S. was last in its four-team groups in the 1993 and 2007 editions of Copa America.

Colombia is third in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. The U.S. is ranked 31st.

Following its victory over the U.S., Colombia completed group play by defeating Paraguay, 2-1, June 7 at the Rose Bowl, and losing to Costa Rica, 3- 2, June 11 in Houston to finish second in the four-team group behind the U.S. on goal differential.

Colombia, known as Los Cafeteros, the coffee growers, defeated Peru, 4- 0, in a quarterfinal June 17 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and lost to Chile, 2-0, in a semifinal Wednesday in Chicago.

Colombia’s roster consists of 10 players who play in Colombia, four who play in Italy, three in Mexico, two each in Argentina and England and one each in Netherlands and Spain.

Colombia forward Dayro Moreno is a teammate of U.S. defender Michael Orozco on Mexico’s Club Tijuana.

The U.S. is 3-11-4 against Colombia, known as Los Cafeteros, the coffee growers. The U.S.’ most-recent victory in the series was on March 9, 2005, in Fullerton. The U.S. is 0-3-1 against Colombia since then and has been outscored, 5-1.

— City News Service

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