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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.

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