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The guys debate Neymar's impact on Brazil, pointing out how his never-ending injuries and inflated ego are detrimental to the team.

Less than 2½ years ago, Richarlison and David Neres were unable to help Brazil qualify for the Under-20 World Cup. On Friday night, the pair were playing an important role in the opening game of Copa America, as the wide men seeking to open up a Bolivia side that had come to Sao Paulo thinking almost exclusively of defence.

As highlighted by the careers of Richarlison and Neres, failure can so often be an important part of success. And that probably works as a theme for Brazil's opening night 3-0...

Could Brazil's Copa America opening party be spoiled by Bolivia?

The guys debate Neymar's impact on Brazil, pointing out how his never-ending injuries and inflated ego are detrimental to the team.
Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer dive into the opening fixtures of the 2019 Copa America and share their predictions for who will lift the cup.

Away from the extreme altitude of La Paz, Bolivia are probably the weakest of the 10 South American nations -- and for this very reason they are often served up as a sacrificial lamb for the hosts on the opening night of the Copa America.

But the Bolivians have doggedly refused to read the script. In 1999 they held hosts Paraguay to a first-day draw -- and they did the same to Peru in 2004, Venezuela in 2007 and even Argentina in 2011. So can they now do the same thing to Brazil in 2019?

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2019 Copa America ultimate preview: Will Messi win this wide-open tournament on Brazil's home turf?

Brazil will host the Copa America for the first time in 30 years, with a tournament that is full of drama. Chile will look to defend back-to-back crowns, the Selecao will seek redemption on home soil, and Lionel Messi returns to Argentina for another chance at silverware with the senior national team.

ESPN FC's Tim Vickery spells out the biggest storylines of the tournament and assesses all 12 teams taking part in this summer's Copa America, with all matches streaming live in the U.S. on ESPN+.

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Young U.S. side dominates from start to finish in friendly win vs. Bolivia

CHESTER, Pa. -- The U.S. men's national team manhandled Bolivia 3-0 in an international friendly at Talen Energy Stadium on Monday. Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah all scored their first international goals. Another debutante, goalkeeper Alex Bono, recorded his first shutout, although he was rarely troubled on the night.

Here are three thoughts on the U.S. performance:

1. U.S. dominates from start to finish

The lineups of both teams were short on experience. Four U.S. starters...

 By Tim Vickery

CONMEBOL qualifying table in limbo awaiting verdict on Bolivia CAS appeal

For all of the Argentina national team's current problems it is highly likely that, come the end of South American World Cup qualifiers, the recent 1-0 win over Chile will be seen as the decisive result that got the team over the line and on the plane to Russia. True, it was a dreadful performance and an undeserved win, as well as being the match in which Lionel Messi picked up a four-game ban.

But imagine if Chile had won the game. They would be second in the table, rather than their current position...

 By Tim Vickery

The state of play in South America's World Cup qualifiers

There are no real prizes for coming first. Or second for that matter. World Cup qualification in South America is all about crossing the line and making it through to Russia.

The first four teams qualify automatically for next year's tournament, with the side finishing fifth having to play off against opponents from Oceania. And as the competition moves into the final third, only Brazil are really sitting pretty.

Those six consecutive wins under new coach Tite have carried Brazil to 27 points. In...