Paraguay's 1-0 win in the United States' house of horrors should strike fear into the Americans come July 2.
Paraguay played a sound match against Mexico in beating El Tri 1-0 on Tuesday. Paraguay was forced to play defensively throughout the match but did well to contain the Mexican attack. Mexico's best chance came early in the second half when Omar Bravo rattled a shot off the post.
Late in the game, Nelson Cuevas fed Oscar Cardozo to finish off a counterattack and help Paraguay defeat Mexico and handed El Tri just their third loss in Azteca since 1973.
Looking forward to the July 2 match in Copa America, the U.S. will probably have a great deal of problems with Paraguay's abilities on set pieces. Paraguay disrupted Mexico's rhythm and played well physically also. Paraguay did not allow much in the form or breakaways or counterattacks.
Strong defending has been the key for Paraguay since before last summer's World Cup. Paraguay lost 1-0 to England, 1-0 to Sweden and beat Trinidad 2-0 in what was essentially a meaningless match by then. Still, the Paraguayans were unlucky to lose to Sweden.
Beating Paraguay in South America will be a tall order for the US, especially after their 1-0 win in Azteca.