Uruguay Look to Begin Copa America Title Defense Against Jamaica

In a group filled with Paraguay, Argentina and the aforementioned Jamaica, Uruguay will have to be at their best to advance from Group B at the 2015 Copa America. However, they will probably have to be better than their normal best given that they are without Luis Suarez. We all saw how key Suarez was to Liverpool as they faltered only a year after he left the English club. Suarez's scoring presence was a big key in Uruguay advacing to the World Cup knockout stages as he scored twice in the tournament, knocking out England in the process. The same effect that happened to Liverpool could happen to Uruguay unless they get some help from other forwards. They will likely have to rely on PSG forward Edison Cavani and there are questions about whether he can step up in the tournament. 

Cavani also made headlines thess past few days when asked about the opponent Jamaica. He described them as an "African team" in the pre-match press conference. Cavani later apologized for the incident. Although we all know Cavani misspoke, this could serve as motivation for a Jamaica team that many have already written off. 

But if there ever was a "easy" game for Uruguay, it would be this one. They come in facing a young Jamaica team who do not have much experience in big time tournaments like the Copa America. Look for Uruguay to jump on them early because the longer they stay in the game, the more confident Jamaica will get that they can steal a point or more. 

It won't be an easy tournament for Uruguay without Suarez and Cavani will have to step up for them but this should be an easy game for Uruguay to get on the right track. However, if Uruguay is not careful they could have a shock result like they did when they were upset by Costa Rica in the opening game of the World Cup last year.