The 2024 Copa América is being staged in the United States from June 20 to July 14, as World Cup holders Argentina and Lionel Messi attempt to repeat as South American champions. 

For only the second time in the history of the competition, the Copa America will be held on U.S. soil, which means six teams from CONCACAF have been added to compete with the 10 CONMEBOL nations this summer.

With Canada, USA and Mexico all locked in for World Cup 2026 as co-hosts, this tournament will prove to be a real testing ground to see how they measure up against stiff competition like Argentina (in their first major tournament since winning the World Cup in 2022), Colombia (unbeaten in over two years) and Brazil (a team in transition but always boasting world-class talent).

So, while Brazil legend Ronaldinho may not be watching the tournament, you can be sure Sportsnet’s soccer analysts will be. And they get things started ahead of the Canada-Argentina tournament opener with some picks, bold predictions and players to watch.

Devang Desai (Senior Digital Editor + soccer contributor on sportsnet.ca)

Final four: Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador
Winner: Brazil beats Argentina in the final

Tournament top scorer: Vinicius Junior (Brazil)
Breakout star to watch: Antonee Robinson (United States)
Biggest surprise team:
Panama
Biggest flop team: Mexico

Can’t-miss group stage match: Brazil vs. Colombia on July 2

X Factor player for Canada: Moise Bombito. Canada’s talent pool has deepened over the last several years, with Jesse Marsch boasting options in attack and midfield. But in central defence it’s a different story, and for CANMNT to take the next step as program they’ll need players once on the fringe to cement their place as mainstays. The 24-year-old Colorado Rapids centre-back has only impressed since being selected third-overall in the 2023 MLS SuperDraft and Bombito’s combination of size and recovery speed is one-of-one in the Canadian setup. If his partnership with fellow defender Derek Cornelius can flourish, so will Canada.

Bold prediction: Picking Brazil to win the trophy? How bold is this really, a reasonable onlooker may ask, but hear me out. Argentina has dominated the region in recent times, punctuated by Lionel Messi & Co.’s glorious Qatari send-off at the 2022 World Cup. Meanwhile, Dorival Junior took over as manager of the Seleção and some big names (and egos) are on the periphery in Neymar and Casemiro. An extremely shaky start to 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying has raised alarm but it’s also lowered expectations for a new generation led by Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Junior and 17-year-old phenom Endrick. Even the legend Ronaldinho is skeptical, but it says here Brazil gets it done.

John Molinaro (Founder of TFC Republic + contributor on sportsnet.ca)

Final four: Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, Colombia
Winner: Colombia beats Argentina in the final

Tournament top scorer: Darwin Nunez (Uruguay)
Breakout star to watch: Kendry Paez (Ecuador)
Biggest surprise team: Venezuela
Biggest flop team: Mexico
Can’t-miss group stage match: Brazil vs. Colombia on July 2

X Factor player for Canada: The obvious pick

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