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USA Copa America elimination: Uruguay and Panama advance as Americans crash out | Sports

United States crash out of Copa America with 1-0 defeat to Uruguay, Panama advances to quarter-finals with 3-1 win over Bolivia.

The United States faced a disappointing exit from the Copa America after a 1-0 loss to Uruguay, while Panama secured a spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over Bolivia. The US team, led by coach Gregg Berhalter, needed a win to advance but failed to deliver against a strong Uruguay side.

Berhalter expressed his disappointment with the team's performance, acknowledging that they could have done better. USA captain Christian Pulisic also admitted to a lack of attacking quality, which ultimately cost them the game.

Despite hopes of a comeback when Bolivia equalized against Panama, Uruguay's controversial goal through Mathias Olivera dashed the US team's chances of advancing. The decision was met with frustration from Berhalter, who questioned the officiating.

The defeat raises questions about Berhalter's future as the head coach of the US team, especially with a poor record against top-ranked teams. The lackluster offensive display against Uruguay highlighted the team's struggles in front of goal.

Defender Antonee Robinson criticized the officiating but emphasized that the players were ultimately responsible for the loss. The disappointment of the early exit will likely lead to discussions about the team's direction heading into the 2026 World Cup.

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