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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+.


Miguel Almiron's journey to MLS Cup: from Asuncion to Atlanta United FC

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- The crumbling stands, patches of red-colored soil under the goal posts and tufts of dense grass down the flanks of the field at Club 3 de Noviembre's stadium in the San Pablo barrio of Asuncion offer a reminder of the humble beginnings of Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron, as well as how far the Paraguayan's career has come.

On Saturday, there will be none of the kinds of hardships Almiron faced at his first club. The 24-year-old will step out to represent Atlanta United...

New Paraguay coach Juan Carlos Osorio not waiting to put his stamp on national team

During his time in charge of the Paraguayan national team, Gerardo Martino said that to carry out the job it was necessary to be a competent travel agent. Paraguay's players are strewn all over the globe. The coach not only has to follow their progress in many different leagues. He also has to make sure the logistics are in place to bring them all together.

New Paraguay coach Juan Carlos Osorio is doubtlessly making the same discovery. On Tuesday he called up his first squad for the next FIFA dates....

Paraguay World Cup great Carlos Gamarra, 47, could come out of retirement

Former Paraguay international Carlos Gamarra could make a sensational return to football at the age of 47 -- 11 years after announcing his retirement.

Gamarra -- who won 110 caps for Paraguay and was named in FIFA's Team of the Tournament at the 1998 World Cup -- played for Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan as well as various teams in Brazil and Argentina in a career which spanned from 1991 to 2007.

Rubio Nu technical director Juan Sosa believes the Copa Paraguaya has been "devalued" and...

U.S. not slowed by lack of experience in friendly win over Paraguay

CARY, N.C. -- The U.S. men's national team defeated Paraguay 1-0 in an international friendly on Tuesday. Bobby Wood's penalty late in the first half provided the winning margin, while the U.S. defense held firm, despite a few late scrambles.

Here are three thoughts on the Americans' first win since last October.

1. Lack of experience doesn't slow U.S.

The storyline heading into the match was how few caps could be found on the U.S. roster. There were eight uncapped players and another 10...

 By Tim Vickery

Brazil through to 2018 World Cup while Uruguay and Argentina fret

In stoppage time of the last game of the round, Uruguay captain Diego Godin headed a free kick against the Peruvian bar. It came down, from the Uruguayan point of view, on the wrong side of the line. They lost 2-1, and as a result of that, Brazil became the first team to qualify for Russia 2018.

Earlier in the evening Brazil had beaten Paraguay 3-0. It was their eighth consecutive victory, all of them since coach Tite took command of a struggling side.

Paraguay did not make it easy for them in...