Copa America, arguably one the most prestigious international football tournaments on the planet after the World Cup and Euro Cup is coming to the United States. The oldest soccer tournament between nations, the first Copa America was played back in 1916 in Argentina and when it was known as the South American Championship of Nations.
This year, the Copa America celebrates its 100th anniversary since its inception. Known as “Copa America Centenario” (spanish for centenary) the tournament will host 16 nations.
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The tournament will feature ten countries from South America including soccer power houses like Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Six nations from CONCACAF were invited or qualified for the tournament: United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti, and Panama.
No, sadly, Canada was neither invited nor did they qualify for the tournament.
What this means is that we will have top level international football right at our doorstep. One of the host venues is next door in Seattle.
Century Link Field in Seattle will feature two matches throughout the group stage, including Haiti versus Peru on June 4th and the star-studded Argentinean national against Bolivia on June 14th.
Seattle will also host a quarterfinal match on June 16 between the top team in Group A and the second place team in Group B.
Football’s brightest star, Lionel Messi is slated to play in the tournament so people in Vancouver will have the rare opportunity to watch the tiny FC Barcelona striker in all his glory in an official competition just down the I-5.
So, are you making plans to watch Messi and company take on the Bolivians on June 14th? You can find tickets and more information about Copa America Centenario on the official website.