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 By Tim Vickery

Lionel Messi injury concerns raise questions for Argentina

Lionel Messi struggled to get to his feet and left Argentina's friendly against Honduras with an apparent injury.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino might have breathed a sigh of relief when Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona in a Champions League quarterfinal last month, for it meant that Lionel Messi (and Javier Mascherano) would not be playing in the final of the competition and would join up sooner with the national team ahead of the Copa America Centenario.

But relief has now been replaced by anxiety. Messi was free to take part in Friday night's warm-up friendly at home to Honduras in the provincial city of...

 By Nayib Moran

Alfredo Talavera leading race to be Mexico's No. 1 as 'Memo' Ochoa waits

Alfredo Talavera is in pole position to start for Mexico at the Copa America this summer.

MEXICO CITY -- On June 6, Mexico's Copa America Centenario campaigns gets underway against Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium and, barring any significant developments, it seems that coach Juan Carlos Osorio will start Alfredo Talavera in goal for El Tri.

After five games under Osorio, Mexico hasn't suffered a defeat and has yet to concede a goal. Tellingly, Talavera was the starting goalkeeper in the visits to Honduras and Canada, perhaps the most difficult matches so far in the Osorio era.

Guillermo...

Inter Milan's Copa America players: Miranda, Murillo, Banega, Medel

The ESPN FC crew respond to Jurgen Klinsmann's comments that the Copa America Centenario has more quality than the 'diluted' Euro 2016 field.
Joao Miranda should find himself busy this summer.

With the Copa America and Rio Olympics just around the corner, Internazionale fans can look forward to watching the best of what South America has to offer.

There may only be five Nerazzurri in action (four at the Copa, with one in Rio), though their quality will more than make up for the lack of quantity...

Joao Miranda, Brazil

Responsible for helping Jeison Murillo form Inter's best defensive partnership since Walter Samuel and Lucio, Miranda may not be the fastest or the flashiest of...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico eye Copa America quarterfinals given strong, settled, confident squad

A few of Giovani Dos Santos' Mexico teammates wish him all the best and will miss playing with him at Copa America.

Mexico face Paraguay in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday for what should be a fairly low-key start to El Tri's Copa America preparations. Except not much is low-key when Mexico plays in the United States. Around 60,000 will be cheering on Mexico in the Georgia Dome, more fans than for many of the upcoming games in the Copa America Centenario. And that's for a match in which coach Juan Carlos Osorio will have a reduced squad of players.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Diego Reyes and Javier Aquino...

Brazil face summer of tough questions: Copa without Neymar, Dunga's future

The ESPN FC crew respond to Jurgen Klinsmann's comments that the Copa America Centenario has more quality than the 'diluted' Euro 2016 field.
Dunga is under immense pressure this summer as Brazil boss. Can he bring home the Copa America title?

It sounds dramatic to say, but this summer will be one of reckoning for the Brazilian national team. Just a year on from their mediocre showing at the 2015 Copa América in Chile, the Seleção will attempt to redeem themselves at the special centenary edition of the competition. It's an opportunity to restore some much-needed belief at a major tournament after recent disappointments and to build momentum ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers in September.

Yet circumstances have...

 By Tim Vickery

Copa America vs. Euros debate will only be settled at 2018 World Cup

The ESPN FC crew respond to Jurgen Klinsmann's comments that the Copa America Centenario has more quality than the 'diluted' Euro 2016 field.

Let's ask a simple question: How does the Copa Centenario compare with the Euros?

Jurgen Klinsmann argued this week that the Copa may be better, basing his case on the idea that a 24-team Euros will have diluted quality. The U.S. manager can also point to the fact that a strong field will be in action on American shores this summer; harking back to Brazil 2014, the Copa can boast one of the finalists (Argentina), two semifinalists (add Brazil), four quarterfinalists (add Costa Rica and Colombia)...