The Copa Centenario reached an agreement with five more sponsors -- Ford, MasterCard, PPG Comex, Procter & Gamble and Remy Martin Cognac -- for the 100th anniversary of the Copa America
tournament, which kicks off June 3 in 10 cities across the United States. One additional partner will be announced later, giving the Copa Centenario 15 sponsors, but partnership opportunities for the
tournament are otherwise sold out.
These five companies join Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Makita, Nike, Samsung, Sprint, State Farm and TAG Heuer as tournament
partners. In total, fifteen official partners have aligned with the event.
The most notable name is MasterCard, a former FIFA sponsor that was involved in a much-publicized lawsuit with
FIFA that ended with it receiving a $90 million settlement and Visa taking over as FIFA's sponsor in the financial services category after Mastercard's 16-year run. Mastercard was a sponsor of the
2015 Copa America in Chile and is a UEFA Champions League sponsor.
"As a long-tenured partner, we are thrilled to be uniting with Copa to bring the biggest soccer event in the Americas to
the United States this year," said Raja Rajamannar
, chief marketing & communications officer for MasterCard. "Soccer fans worldwide are extremely passionate about their sport, and this
tournament represents a fantastic opportunity for us to co-create with our cardholders some truly once-in-a-lifetime Priceless experiences."
Nine sponsors are based in the United States,
and one each in France, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland.