After losing to Panama, Berhalter hopes to qualify against Uruguay.

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Sports Editorial (USA), June 27 (EFE).-

United States national team coach Gregg Berhalter confirmed today, Thursday, that his team still has a chance to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Copa America, after losing to Panama, although the decisive match will be against Uruguay, one of the favourites.

“We have great respect for Uruguay. We think they are a strong team. But there are many strong teams in this tournament,” Berhalter said at a press conference, downplaying the importance of the opponent, Uruguay, led by Marcelo Bielsa.

Berhalter explained that he and his men intend to watch the Uruguay-Bolivia match on TV, which concludes tonight the second day of Group 3 in the Copa America.

“We are ready. We know we have to go out and get a result and we will. We believe in this group. It is a strong team. I think if we stay focused and execute the game plan, we will be able to do it.” The coach said: “Be well.”

The United States, which won its first match against Bolivia, lost 2-1 to Panama on Thursday after playing almost the entire match with one fewer player, making it difficult to qualify for the playoffs, which now depend on its duel with Uruguay.

“If we put in the same effort as in this match, in terms of work and teamwork, we will have a chance to qualify. We know it will be difficult, but we will do our best,” he added.

Regarding the sending off of his striker Tim Weah in the 18th minute for an attack on a Panamanian opponent, Berhalter said it was a “very stupid decision” on the part of the Juventus player who will not be able to play against Uruguay.

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The United States and Uruguay match will be held next Monday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, who play in the National Football League.

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