"We are delighted to be able to accept the offer to play in Copa America. The tournament offers the dual advantage of quality opponents and a challenging environment that will provide long-term
benefits for our team. In order to continue our progress at the international level, it is critical that we are able to expose our team to competition at the highest level."
-- U.S. Soccer
President Sunil Gulati
on accepting an invitation to play in the South American championship in Venezuela next summer.