How do the eight remaining teams at Copa America stack up on the road to the June 26 final?
The quarterfinals of the Copa America are here, and finally a tournament that has slowly ramped up in intensity will be blessed with high-stakes knockout games chock full of intriguing matchups.
We did a power rankings of all 16 teams at the start of the tournament, and now with the field narrowed down, two favorites drop off (Brazil, Uruguay) while two surprise packages (Peru, Venezuela) take their place. These rankings are based partly on the teams’ group stage performance, but mostly on their likelihood to advance, meaning a more favorable matchup in the quarterfinals or path to the final is taken into consideration.
Onto the rankings!
The quarterfinals begin Thursday, with the USA playing Ecuador at CenturyLink Field in Seattle at 9:30 p.m. ET. Peru faces Colombia in at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader sees Argentina face Venezuela at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts (7 p.m.) and Mexico take on Chile at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California (10 p.m.).