American fans have conspiracy theories at the ready after tough Copa America draw 3 years ago

American fans have conspiracy theories at the ready after tough Copa America draw

Fans of the United States' football team have been getting their excuses in early after a Copa America draw.

Jurgen Klinsmann's team are special invitees for the centenary of the competition, but that hasn't stopped soccer truthers coming out in force after a tough draw landed the hosts with group stage matches against Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay.

There's a surprising sense of entitlement from a country playing only its second Copa of the century, though fans may be upset to have avoided relative minnows Jamaica, Haiti and Panama.

For balance, we should point out that this was not a view shared by all fans of the US Men's National Team, as they are best known.

Plenty took a more realistic approach to things, as ought to be the case if the team is to be considered a genuine challenger for honours.

And it could have been worse, given their last two World Cup exits.