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The18’s Copa América power rankings — Final edition

It’s finally Copa América week, which means it’s time for The18’s latest and final power rankings.

As the highly anticipated Copa América 2024 approaches, soccer fans are eager to see which national teams will dominate the now bi-continental South American tournament this summer.

From CONMEBOL powerhouses like Brazil and Argentina, rising contenders such as Colombia and Uruguay and the highly-anticipated performances and return of Concacaf giants Mexico and USMNT, the question of who will take the tournament home is up for grabs.

Brazil players were in disbelief after Chris Richards’ yellow card was overturned and foul rescinded

The United States men’s national team’s 1-1 draw vs. Brazil had a number of talking points including a bizarre moment with a Chris Richards yellow card in the second half.

In the 51st minute Brazil forward Rodrygo was about to be in on goal until Richards brought him down outside of the penalty box. Honduran referee Said Martinez issued the American defender a yellow card and awarded Brazil a free kick in a dangerous position.

Watch: All of Matt Turner’s 11 saves in USMNT's draw vs. Brazil

Matt Turner had an incredible performance in the USMNT’s last preparation friendly ahead of the Copa América.

Following the U.S. men’s national team’s embarrassing 5-1 loss against Colombia last Saturday, the expectations and hopes of containing the star-studded Brazilian attack were zero to none, with many American fans anticipating yet another defeat.

Turner had other plans, of course.

Gregg Berhalter lives to see another day — USMNT earn first-ever draw vs. Brazil in 1-1 thriller

Gregg Berhalter’s seat got a little cooler as his United States men’s national team earned a respectable 1-1 draw vs. Brazil on Wednesday in a friendly ahead of this summer’s Copa América.

The USMNT licked their wounds from the Colombia battering that saw them lose 5-1 on Saturday in Berhalter’s worst loss in charge of the national team.

Gregg Berhalter says USMNT will ‘stick to the plan’ against star-studded Brazil side

The United States will not change course in Wednesday's friendly against Brazil, head coach Gregg Berhalter said, despite a 5-1 mauling by Colombia in their Copa America warm-up last weekend.

Colombia scored three times in 11 second-half minutes to hand the U.S. team a thrashing on Saturday in Landover, Maryland, prompting alarm among the home fans.

Neymar shows off insane first touch with ball dropped from 115 feet in the air

Brazil is getting ready to take the world by storm this winter in Qatar and they’re doing so in the most Brazilian way possible: by having fun.

The national team players participated in a number of segments on "Domingão com Huck" ("Sunday with Huck") — a popular show hosted by Luciano Huck — that dedicated short profiles on the players that made up the World Cup squad.

The18’s Copa América power rankings — Spring edition

The March international break recently finished which means it’s time for The18’s latest Copa América power rankings. The big tournament is only about three months out!

Two Concacaf teams secured the final two qualification spots with Canada and Costa Rica booking their tickets for this summer’s big event.

These rankings are based on recent performances and how we feel each team will perform in the tournament. After each person listed their top 16 teams, we aggregated the results into one official power rankings list.

Here’s our spring list for the 16 teams.

Brazil star Richarlison urges every player to be open to therapy and shares his mental health journey

Tottenham Hotspur and Brazil forward Richarlison said players must rise above the stigma and seek psychological help for mental health issues, ahead of Saturday's international friendly against England.

The 26-year-old, who is set to earn his 50th cap for Brazil in friendly matches against England and Spain, opened up about how therapy helped him find his rhythm again.

USMNT announce June friendly vs. Brazil ahead of 2024 Copa América

The United States men’s national team will play a friendly vs. Brazil on June 12 ahead of the highly anticipated 2024 Copa América being held in the U.S. The USMNT vs Brazil friendly will be played in Orlando, Florida, at the 60,219-seat Camping World Stadium.

The announcement for the friendly came Tuesday night on NBA on TNT, one of the channels showing this summer’s game. 

USMNT vs Brazil friendly

Neymar won’t recover in time to play in 2024 Copa América

Brazil forward Neymar will not recover from knee surgery in time to play at next year's Copa America, national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said on Tuesday.

Brazil's top scorer underwent surgery last month after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in his left knee on international duty in October.

Lasmar, who carried out the surgery, said the 31-year-old is not expected to be fit until August and they do not intend to take short cuts in the recovery process for him to play at the June 20-July 14 tournament in the United States.

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