USA will host Copa Centenario after all

The 2016 Copa Centenario, Conmebol's 100th anniversary of the Copa America, will be staged after all and held in the United States. For months, the tournament was in doubt as Conmebol and Concacaf, the tournament's two organizers, became mixed up in the soccer scandal that resulted in indictments against 14 FIFA officials and sports marketing executives. The event will be held June 3-26 in venues across the United States.

Indeed, the idea for the tournament had been hatched as part of a scheme to fund bribes of $110 million to be shared by the leaders of South American soccer.

U.S. Soccer will organize and execute the event and immediately will begin securing venues for the tournament and planning the operational aspects of the event. A new tournament executive committee made up of two representatives from Conmebol, two representatives from Concacaf and one representative from U.S. Soccer will govern the event.

A minimum seating capacity of 50,000 is required for tournament venues from among 24 cities who submitted bids.

In a joint statement, Conmebol and Concacaf said: “We are extremely happy for our fans, our teams and our partners, that we were able to find a way to host the Copa America Centenario celebration in the United States under an entirely new structure for managing the tournament’s operations and finances. The improved governance structure will bring greater accountability and transparency to the event so it can serve its two intended purposes – to celebrate the 100 years of history of Copa America, and provide a once in a lifetime spectacle for fans in the Concacaf and Conmebol regions.”
10 comments about "USA will host Copa Centenario after all".
  1. Gus Keri, October 24, 2015 at 8:21 a.m.

    Why does it have to be "a once in a lifetime spectacle"? The two organizations should work on permanent solution to organize similar Copa on a regular basis.

  2. Santiago 1314 replied, October 24, 2015 at 4:32 p.m.

    Yes... At least Twice a Life would be Nice.!!!...Not sure where it fits in on the Calender, unless they want to go Head to Head with EuroNations... Not sure even I, could watch Euro in the a.m. and Copa in the p.m.!!!

  3. Gus Keri, October 24, 2015 at 8:42 p.m.

    Santi, it doesn't have to be like this. All the confederations are expanding their tournaments to 24 teams. How about organizing the Copa America with 24 teams every 4 years, in the year following the World Cup. Then CONCACAF can organize their tournaments, the Gold Cups, with 12 teams every 4 years, in the year preceeding the World Cup.

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, October 24, 2015 at 10:28 p.m.

    I like the idea, but what is the Purpose (Trophy).???...Copa America is for CONmyBalls and Gold Cup is for CONCAcaCrApF...If you mix the 2, then who goes to Confed Cup.???...For Sure it's a GREAT Money Maker and Exposure for Futbol, and USA needs the the 110 million in Bribes and Kick-backs is nice for the Promoters, but their really no more than Glorified Friendlies

  5. Gus Keri, October 25, 2015 at 8:23 a.m.

    To decide who goes to the fed cup it is very simple. Just like this year, a playoff between the gold cup winner and the highest ranked CONCACAF team in Copa America. I like to see the US play in Copa America against top teams on regular basis.

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, October 25, 2015 at 6:03 p.m.

    For Sure then we will see LOTS of Repeats of this Gold Cup Cycle...First Round Winner will NEVER Be 2nd Round Winner...2nd Round Winner will be Determined by Dubious Referee Calls so that theTeam that can Generate the Most Money for "A Super Copa" One game Play-off (in Rose Bowl or Jerry World of Course)...Hey, I'm Up for That...Brazil v Argentina in Sold Out Dallas...Great for USA...So much Money going under the Table on this one...But Heck, so what's New

  7. Andrew Kear, October 25, 2015 at 10:33 a.m.

    If Klinsmann is still coach there is no point in having this tournament. He will tinker, get second-level german players, and have players out of position. Then the USMNT will wash out!

  8. Santiago 1314 replied, October 25, 2015 at 6:09 p.m.

    But the TV Exposure will be Phenomenal...Hopefully the kids will Watch and Mimic their Favorite Players and Moves...Grow the Pyramid... One "Messi" or "Ronaldo" might slip thru the Clutches of the US Coaching System and Become our "Star"...Sounds like it's time for Santiago to go have Some More "Pumpkin Pie-in-the-Sky".!!!

  9. aaron dutch, October 25, 2015 at 1:03 p.m.

    This is the start of consolidating the Copa America into a true 16 team championship to crown a true top champ in the americas. We could get rid of the Gold Cup, the present Copa and just like the Euro's have it between the world cup so you have a clean 2 year cycle. This is the a very important development long term. We will get 32 matches with 75k attending each so thats 2 million attending & TV we will huge get 20-30 million watching in the US & 50m+ in latin america & 100m + rest of the world. This will showcase just like a world cup the US as a pro football nation. Numbers from the last copa......

  10. Santiago 1314 replied, October 25, 2015 at 6:16 p.m.

    The US is already a "Pro Football" Nation... It's called the NFL...Jajaja...Everyone already knows that if you want to make Money on Soccer, you have to come to USA...How do we get this Exposure to the Greatest Teams and Players in the World, to Translate/Filter Down to producing Better Players...???

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