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Copa America 2016: USA to play Argentina in Houston semifinal

It’s No. 1 vs. host country in the Copa semifinals

Argentina v United States Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

It’s officially official. The United States will take on Lionel Messi and Argentina in the Copa America Centenario semifinals on Tuesday night. It’s the No. 1 ranked team in the world against the confident host nation in what promises to be a special night at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

67,000 tickets have already been sold with only 4,000 remaining until capacity is met. It will be an electric atmosphere and an undoubtedly intense match as a spot in the final will be up for grabs.

These two teams last played each other in a friendly in New Jersey in 2011. It ended in a 1-1 draw with a 18-year-old Juan Agudelo netting for Stars and Stripes which canceled out an Esteban Cambiasso goal for Argentina. The U.S. is 2W-2D-5L all-time in the series.

Kickoff is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time and the match will air on Fox Sports 1 and Univision.

Can the USMNT pull off the upset and advance to the final? Or will Lionel Messi take one more step toward his first major international title? If you like soccer at all, these are the types of matches you should love.

What do you think of the USMNT’s chances of knocking off Argentina?