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Copa America a Big Test for Mapp
Chicago Tribune, June 27th, 2007 3:15PM

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The American soccer press is largely disappointed at the squad Coach Bob Bradley has chosen to send to the 2007 Copa America; few expect the inexperienced side to make it past the group stage, and more than one reporter/columnist/blogger has already started cringing ahead of Thursday's debut against a full-strength Argentina.

Luis Arroyave of the Chicago Tribune attempts to answer a few questions about the Yanks' expected short stay in Venezuela. Given that just two starters and two subs from the Gold Cup final against Mexico have made it to the Copa America, what, indeed, would be considered success? Beating Argentina again would shock the world, while advancing to the second round would be a surprise. But blooding the new boys seems to be Bradley's overall goal.

Which player has the most riding on this tournament? Arroyave says the Chicago Fire's own Justin Mapp really has something to prove here. An expected starter in the absence of DaMarcus Beasley and Bobby Convey, Mapp needs to prove that he should be considered for starting spot. Not only that, but Mapp's form, along with the rest of the Fire, had been poor going into the Gold Cup. If he plays well, he may yet see an offer from Europe, says Arroyave.

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