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“Historic announcement” coming Thursday; Copa America in U.S. a go?

Apr 28, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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Last month we used this space to tell you of a potentially-tremendous tournament heading for the United States in 2016, and it just may become a reality on Thursday in Florida.

MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a “historic announcement” is planned for Thursday in Miami. That’s May 1, by the way, the same date mentioned in the original report that claimed the Copa America Centenario was headed for the States in a couple years time.

Could it be: the 10 nations of CONMEBOL, the United States, Mexico and four other CONCACAF nations dueling for hemispheric glory?

From MLSSoccer.com:

According to CONCACAF, attendees at Thursday’s presser will include confederation president Jeffrey Webb, CONMEBOL president Eugenio Figueredo and “a number of internationally renowned” players from the past and present from both regions.

The Copa América is the oldest international continental soccer competition still in existence. It was first played in 1916 in Uruguay, who are the current champions after winning the 2011 edition vs. Paraguay and hold the record for most tournament wins with 15.

Make no mistake: this would be one of the biggest events to be held in the United States, and one big party. Cross your fingers, toes, and whatever else.

  1. seanb20124 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    World Cup 2014
    Copa America 2015
    Copa America 2016

    Top Conmebol players are not coming in 2016 to play for a third straight tourney. B level talent I suspect will come

    • allisonnoffsinger - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      I disagree. If anything, they will skip the 2015 cup.

      • ez0682 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        It an idiot they will play the copa America in chile u tool it’s a prestigious cup for south America they won’t come an play in usa. What for huh waste of time to play cacacaf teams smh but its a good way to start looking at youth players or future players for south American teams.

  2. skjln - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    I don’t know. 100th anniversary and in the US with big crowds and no security concerns. Bring your family for a vacay afterwards. I am thinking the teams are pretty filled out.

  3. jslip1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    This will be huge because it’s the Copa America and also because teams can market the game in a growing fandom. South American stars will come because it’s exposure. If people follow them in the Copa America, who’s to say they won’t follow Barcelona or Liverpool all the more?

    • ez0682 - Apr 29, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      Another idiot who thinks high profile south American players will play or take this tournament seriously. But they will definitely play at the chile copa America

  4. sdbeisbol - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Who will be airing this tournament? It’d be awesome if NBC did but my guess is ESPN or maybe even FOX.

  5. footballer4ever - May 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Copa America in Chile should be scrapped or at least high profile footballers should skip 2015 in favor of 2016.

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