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US open Copa America tilt with 2-0 win over Bolivia

Christian Pulisic's third-minute goal set the stage for a convincing 2-0 victory for the United States over Bolivia in their opening Group C match at the Copa America.

Folarin Balogun, with an assist from Pulisic, added another goal to the tally just before the halftime whistle, ensuring the 11th-ranked US lived up to expectations against the tournament's lowest-ranked team in Arlington, Texas.

The US adopted an aggressive strategy from the start against Bolivia, who have just one win in their past 31 Copa America matches.

A missed opportunity by Balogun in the first 20 seconds was soon forgotten when Pulisic, dubbed "Captain America", scored a spectacular goal from the edge of the box, beating Bolivian keeper Guillermo Viscarra.

This marked Pulisic's 30th goal in 69 international matches. His first international goal came against Bolivia back in May 2016.

The US found their second goal in the 44th minute when Gio Reyna set up Pulisic, who in turn found Balogun. The striker ended his six-match goal drought in international matches with a low shot into the bottom corner.

The hosts continued their onslaught, with Ricardo Pepi, who came on as a substitute in the 65th minute, having four shots on target, all denied by a resilient Viscarra.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner held the fort at the other end, with three saves ensuring a clean sheet.

The US will face CONCACAF rivals Panama on Thursday (local time) in Atlanta, while Uruguay will take on Bolivia in New Jersey.

In Florida, Maximilian Araujo, Darwin Nunez and Matias Vina all scored as Uruguay beat Panama 3-1 in their Group C match.

Uruguay's Maximiliano Araujo.
A superb goal from Uruguay's Maximiliano Araujo helped his side beat Panama 3-1 in Florida. (AP PHOTO)

Uruguay, who have won the Copa America a joint record 15 times, were rewarded for their blistering early pace when Araujo fired home a sublime curling effort from the edge of the area in the 16th minute.

Panama grew into the match after the break and wasted several chances to get themselves back into the contest, before Nunez settled Uruguay's nerves in the 85th minute with a coolly taken volley into the bottom corner.

In a frenetic spell during stoppage time, Vina rose highest to head home Uruguay's third from a set-piece, before Michael Amir Murillo netted a consolation goal for Panama.

Luis Suarez, the 37-year-old striker who is Uruguay's career leading scorer and was the player of the tournament in 2011, did not play.