Eight Chileans, Three Argentines make Copa America Best XI

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

East Rutherford, N.J.— The name on the trophy is enough to say that Chile were the best team at the Copa America Centenario but the tournament’s technical staff hammered the point home naming eight members of La Roja in the Copa America Centenario Best XI.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo; defenders Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel and Jean Beausejour; midfielders Arturo Vidal and Charles Aranguiz as well as forwards Alexis Sánchez and Eduardo Vargas all made the list for Chile. Bravo also received the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper in the tournament, Vargas received the Golden Boot for most goals scored and Sánchez received the Golden Ball as the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Bravo did not give up a goal during the knockout stages while four goals from Vargas in Chile’s 7–0 win over Mexico was enough to lead the goalscoring charts. Both players won their awards for the second consecutive tournament.

Argentina received the Fair Play Award and had three players make the Best XI: defender Nicolás Otamendi, midfielder Javier Mascherano and forward Lionel Messi.