Following Mexico's 3-1 win in Arizona, El Tri boss Juan Carlos Osorio accused Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez of insulting him.
And the next day, Uruguayan federation president Wilmar Valdez said Conmebol
was wrong to move the Copa Centenario to the United States, suggesting it had been arranged for Mexico to win.
The 21-year-old Gimenez, who could face disciplinary action, was upset with Osorio for tipping off his players about the Atletico Madrid defender's supposed weakness to his left side.
"This behavior should not be accepted from a professional soccer player," Osorio said at the post-game press conference. "It is impetuous, inappropriate behavior from a professional who not only plays in one of the best teams in the world -- Atletico Madrid -- but also in one of the best national teams in the world. I would like to say to Jose Maria Gimenez that any coach has the right to direct the play onto the weaker foot of any player in the world."
Valdez told a Uruguayan radio station that Conmebol got it wrong when it awarded the Centenario tournament to the United States.
"It erred in celebrating a tournament like this, the oldest in the world, South American soccer, here in the United States where yesterday it became very clear that it is arranged for Mexico."
Valdez said he shared responsibility for "the mistake."
CROWD COUNT. The Argentina-Chile game drew the largest crowd of the Copa Centenario as 69,491 fans turned out for the rematch of the 2015 Copa America final sin Lionel Messi, who was held out with a back injury.
The tournament is averaging 40,808 after eight games. That's more than double the
average of 19,108 fans for the first set of group games a year ago at the Copa America in Chile.
Copa Centenario Crowds:
ATT. GAME (VENUE)
69,491 Argentina-Chile (Santa Clara, Calif.)
67,439 USA-Colombia (Santa Clara, Calif.)
60,025 Mexico-Uruguay (Glendale, Ariz.)
53,158 Brazil-Ecuador (Pasadena, Calif.)
25,560 Venezuela-Jamaica (Chicago)
20,190 Peru-Haiti (Seattle)
17,133 Costa Rica-Paraguay (Orlando)
13,466 Panama-Bolivia (Orlando)
Note: Costa Rica-Paraguay attendance was revised.