December 17, 2015
THE GROUP STAGE
USA to play in Santa Clara, Chicago, Philly at Copa America Centenario 1st round
The U.S. men's national team will play group-stage matches of the Copa America Centenario in three cities and in as many time zones.
|Michael Bradley will lead the USA at the Copa America Centenario next June.
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The Americans will anchor Group A and will play in in Santa Clara (JUne 3), Chicago (June 7) and Philadelphia (June 11) for Copa America Centenario.
As the host nation, the United States earns the Group A seed, while Argentina, as the highest FIFA-ranked nation in the Americas (per December FIFA rankings), will be seeded atop Group D.
“Copa America Centenario 2016 in the United States is huge. It’s almost like a World Cup," USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. "The Copa America is similar to the European Championship, so it’s kind of just one step below the World Cup and having that hosted in the United States with big teams like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and our neighbors Mexico along with other CONCACAF nations joining in a 16-team tournament next summer is an unbelievable opportunity.
"For us, it’s a wonderful way to kind of test the players out, to see where we are at that point in time. Obviously, the big picture is always the World Cup 2018 in Russia, but a Copa America is something special so there will be packed stadiums, a lot of fans from all over the place and many exciting games to watch. So we are thrilled to host Copa America.”
In celebration of the rich soccer tradition in the hemisphere and as the most decorated nations in the last 100 years in international competitions from their respective confederations, the national teams of Brazil and Mexico have also been awarded group seeds, and will head Groups B and C, respectively.
The remaining 12 participating nations will be sorted into the four groups in early 2016 based on a public draw. Details of groups and procedures for the draw will be announced leading up to that event.
In announcing the seeded teams, organizers also revealed the dates of matches, including the cities each seeded nation will visit, as well as the dates they will play during the group phase of the tournament.
Brazil, was top seeded in Group B, will perform in Pasadena, Calif. June 4, Orlando June 8 and Foxborough June 12.
Brazilian head coach Dunga said that “100 years is a historical milestone in an important competition, which we want to win.
“We are happy to play in the cities that Brazil has played in the past in front of many Brazilians. And more importantly, soccer in the United States is continuing to grow. The support of the Brazilians and Latinos is fundamental.”
Mexico, the No. 1 seed in Group C, will play in Glendale, Ariz., June 5, Pasadena June 9 and Houston June 13).
“It’s earned due in part to the Gold Cup title, and a challenge and responsibility to show our best soccer,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said of his team securing a top seed.
Argentina will compete in Santa Clara June 6, Chicago June 10 and Seattle June 14.
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. will host the final on June 26.
Here is a link to the schedule:
Seattle, New York/New Jersey, Foxborough and Santa Clara will all host quarterfinal matches, while Houston and Chicago will be site of the two tournament semifinals.