CONCACAF is starting its buildup towards Copa América Centenario. Copa América will hold it’s 100th final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and the tournament will be played in nine other stadiums across the United States.
CONCACAF also considered using the Rose Bowl, which hosted the 1994 World Cup final. MetLife has had a recent track record for international success, having sold out two CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout matches in 2015
The tournament will start on June 3rd, and end June 26th at MetLife. Here are the other venues for the Centenario:
New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
Orlando – Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium
Seattle – CenturyLink Field
San Francisco – Levi’s Stadium
Boston – Gilette Stadium
Chicago – Soldier Field
Houston – NRG Stadium
Los Angeles – Rose Bowl
Philadelphia – Lincoln Financial Field
Phoenix – University of Phoenix Stadium
As is the case with most international tournaments, each venue will host three matches per day in the group stage. To find out how you can get tickets, click here.
For the 100th edition of this tournament, Copa América will be held outside South America for the first time ever.
USMNT and Mexico are automatic qualifiers, and they are joined by CONCACAF mates Costa Rica and Jamaica. The South American field includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
The tournament field is two teams short of completion. January playoff matches will determine the final teams. Panama will face Cuba, and Trinidad-Tobago will meet Haiti on January 8th in Panama.
Copa América consists of a mix teams from CONCACAF and South America, with Chile as the current defending champion. A South American team has won the tournament in every iteration since the tournament began 100 years ago in 1916. The closest competitor has been Mexico, who finished as runners-up in 1993 and 2001.
Copa América has set it’s four group leaders, and their match schedule has been announced.
Group A: USA
June 3 in Santa Clara
June 7 in Chicago
June 11 in Philadelphia
Group B: Brazil
June 4 in Pasadena
June 8 in Orlando
June 12 in Foxborough
Group C: Mexico
June 5 in Glendale
June 9 in Pasadena
June 13 in Houston
Group D: Argentina
June 6 in Santa Clara
June 10 in Chicago
June 14 in Seattle
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