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Twenty-four cities confirm interest to host the 2016 Copa America Centenario

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US Soccer has revealed the long-list of cities interested in hosting games during the Copa America Centenario in 2016.

Twenty-four metropolitan areas of the US have expressed interest in staging games, with final proposals to be made by mid-March. The winning cities will then be revealed in May, with US Soccer anticipating between eight to thirteen stadiums to be used in total; each to have a minimum capacity of 50,000.

The US was announced as the host of the special tournament – that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL, South America’s soccer association – last May. The June event will feature teams from CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, which governs soccer in North America and Central America.

US Soccer President, Sunil Gulati, said:

The interest level from cities across the nation has been phenomenal. Everyone understands the tournament will be a huge event during the summer of 2016, and it’s exciting to see all of these cities putting together bids to be involved. With over 18 months until the tournament starts, we already are starting to see the impact and interest the tournament will have with soccer fans across the United States.

The full list of interested cities are: Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Washington DC, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Kansas City, St Louis, Greater New York, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Nashville, Dallas, Houston and Seattle.

The Copa America will be staged as normal later this year, with Chile playing host, before the Copa America Centenario takes place between June 3-26, 2016. Brazil and Ecuador have already been confirmed as hosts of the Copa America in 2019 and 2023 respectively.

 

Source: Soccerex.com

The ‘Copa America Centenario’ logo

Set against a black backdrop, the logo features a sleek design of the Copa America trophy in the middle, with red, blue and green curves forming the shape of a soccer ball. The years ‘1916’ and ‘2016’ signify the CONMEBOL’s upcoming centennial and the streaks of colour circling the trophy represent the two confederations, blue for CONCACAF and green for CONMEBOL.

The logo was designed by British-based company The Works Ltd and features a red, white and blue stripe next to the word ‘USA’ at the bottom of the logo, signifying the hosting country for the tournament.

US confirmed as Copa America Centenario host nation

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The United States has been confirmed as the host of the Copa America Centenario, a national team competition that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL, the governing body for soccer in South America.

The competition will be staged jointly with CONCACAF, which governs soccer in North and Central America. It will be the largest soccer tournament to be played in the United States since the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

The special tournament, which will follow a regular Copa America in 2015, was confirmed in Miami on Thursday, with a press conference featuring CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, and CONMEBOL President, Eugenio Figueredo.

Six CONCACAF teams will compete alongside the regular South American participants. The USA and Mexico have been granted automatic slots in the tournament, alongside four teams who will have to qualify. Two will qualify through the 2015 Gold Cup, with the winners of the 2014 Central American Cup and the 2014 Caribbean Cup also taking part.

The competition will take place from June 3 to 26.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Miami Herald newspaper reported that likely venues include the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, which staged the 1994 FIFA World Cup final between Brazil and Italy; RFK Stadium in Washington; Houston’s Reliant Stadium; and New York’s MetLife Stadium, which staged this year’s Super Bowl. However, the full bidding process will get underway shortly to determine the host cities.

In an indication that there are still many details to be finalised, Figueredo admitted on Thursday that FIFA had not yet agreed to officially schedule the tournament.

It will not be the first time that non-CONCACAF teams have played in a Copa America. The USA have competed three times, while Mexico has participated on eight occasions. Generally, two guest teams are invited – Costa Rica and Mexico played in the 2011 edition in Argentina, a tournament ultimately won by Uruguay.

Chile will stage the 2015 competition, while Brazil and Ecuador have already been confirmed as hosts for 2019 and 2023 respectively.