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24 cities vying to host 2016 Copa America games



Expect to see the 2016 Copa America played under the bright lights of some of America’s largest cities and media markets.

Twenty-four cities and metropolitan areas from the East Coast to the West Coast are interested in hosting games during the 2016 Copa America, CONCACAF officially revealed on Thursday afternoon.

The areas include the likes of New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Seattle, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C.

“We are looking forward to taking the first step in the organization of this historic event that will unite the Americas and the world in 2016,” CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb said in a statement. “The unique opportunities that we have with the Centennial Cup America, flanked by the 2015 and 2017 Gold Cups, will help set the stage to demonstrate how our region is ready to welcome back another FIFA World Cup in 2026.”

Cities and venues interested in hosting games during the tournament have until March 16 to submit a proposal. The CONCACAF release claims anywhere from eight to 13 stadiums will be selected. Stadiums must seat at least 50,000, ruling out all soccer-specific venues in the USA.

“The interest level from cities across the nation has been phenomenal,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “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. While we’re just in the beginning stages of preparing to serve as host, we already are starting to see the impact and interest the tournament will have with soccer fans across the United States.”

CONMEBOL, South America’s soccer confederation, is celebrating its centenary in 2016 by holding an additional Copa America in the United States.

The tournament will take place from June 3-26, 2016, and involve 16 teams: All 10  CONMEBOL nations; the USA; Mexico; Costa Rica; Jamaica; and two other yet-to-be-determined nations.

Last fall, FIFA added the 2016 Copa America to its official calendar, meaning that clubs must release players called up for international duty.

Here’s the list of metropolitan areas under consideration from CONCACAF, listed by state:

Arizona (1): Phoenix
California (3): Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco
Colorado (1): Denver
District of Columbia (1): Washington, D.C.
Florida (3): Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa
Georgia (1): Atlanta
Illinois (1): Chicago
Indiana (1): Indianapolis
Maryland (1): Baltimore
Massachusetts (1): Boston
Michigan (1): Detroit
Missouri (2): Kansas City, St. Louis
New York/New Jersey (1): Greater New York
Ohio (1): Cleveland
Pennsylvania (1): Philadelphia
Tennessee (1): Nashville
Texas (2): Dallas, Houston
Washington (1): Seattle


What do you think of this development? Which cities do you see getting selected?

Share your thoughts below.


    • Going to be a great summer for soccer!! Don’t forget about the Euros! Imagine a full day of soccer in June. Wake up early to catch the Euro matches and stay up to see the Copa America matches… I hope my body and liver can take it lol.

  1. there will be 32 games; I would pick 16 stadiums to host 2 games each.
    Final & 3P games: Arlington
    SF: Pasadena, New Jersey
    QF: Chicago, Foxboro, Seattle, Denver
    Group Stage only: Houston, Tampa, Chicago, Landover, Philly, Denver, Atlanta, Orlando, San Diego, Kansas City and Stanford

    USA games: KC, Chicago, Seattle, maybe DC or Orlando

  2. Ban the city of Miami from profiting from US soccer international events until Miami supports the growth of soccer by allowing MLS and Beckham build a soccer stadium in downtown Miami… not 20-30 miles away from downtown (this was already tried by the Fusion, we know the end of it)

  3. I am positive that USA and Mexico would be placed in different groups and set up to most likely land on opposite sides of the bracket if they get out of their groups. So i am really hoping they play a game in Los Angeles.

      • Bro i think we can take Uruguay down in our house. For sure C.R.. Columbia would be tough . I’d pay to go see that game.

      • bring it on!

        although I would see
        Pot1: USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina
        Pot2: Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador
        Pot3: Boliva, Peru, Venezuela, Paraguay
        Pot4: Jamaica, Costa Rica, Gold Cup 1 & 2 (Panama, Honduras probably)

      • You do realize that its 95% mexico supporters because most USMNT fans are middle to upper class and they dont want to be around mexican fans!

        Do you ever see the CEO’s hanging out with the janitorial staff? No

      • What a stupid comment. You assume that Mexicans are janitors. All the Janitors I know in Atlanta are Brazilian… duh

        I am white, upper middle class and I’d love to actually go to a soccer game. Too bad that Atlanta only gets the stupid summer game every once in awhile from preseason euro tours. Plus the last gold cup final was in LA and there aren’t any white people left there except on Rodeo.

        Wake up dude…

      • More like an ignorant and biased comment. I was at the JAX send off game. It was a freaking United Nations of folks cheering the US team. Guy behind me was from Africa. Bought his US Soccer hat at Target.

        US Soccer is going mainstream and some soccer snobs are butt hurt about it. They need to deal with that fact or find another hipster hobby.

      • That isn’t the reason. USMNT aren’t all middle class and above and you can’t say that they all don’t like Mexicans. If you mean they don’t like the despicable antics of some Mexican fans, that’s probably true but who can blame them?

        The reason is there a ton of Mexicans in LA and they are more interested in soccer than the population in general. So it’s a terrible place for the US to play Mexico. That’s why when we get to choose the location for WC qualifiers, we choose Columbus, not LA.

      • Slow, maybe I wasn’t clear in my post. What I meant to say is that I hope there is a USA game in Los Angeles. The reason I brought up all that stuff about separate groups and opposite sides of the bracket with Mexico was to say that they would not be playing against Mexico. A game in Los Angeles that isn’t against Mexico would have a majority of USA fans in the stadium (with the exceptions possibly being El Salvador and Guatemala).

      • You’re dead right, and I’d take it even further. If you really dig at the data (and I have, as I mention below), anyone will find that there is almost nowhere besides a soccer-specific stadium in a Midwestern city where the US can expect a meaningful home-field advantage against Mexico. Simply stated, it’s Columbus or KC from here out when we play El Tri.

        I was at the Rose Bowl in 2011, and as you say, it’s nothing to do with a class issue. Tickets for the game were quite outrageously expensive. I’ve probably been to the Rose Bowl 60-70 times in my life for all kinds of events (BCS Games, World Cup Games, UCLA football, old-school Galaxy, motorcross, … even flea markets) and this event topped all but maybe 3 of them for pricing (and the World Cup final was not one)

        The face values were high, and I remember I paid about $225 a week before the game for very mediocre seats on StubHub. There was tons of passion in the house that day, but it wasn’t a bunch of poverty-line people. Mexico fans simply love their soccer… it’s true in Chicago, New York, Dallas, Miami… you name it.

        And they aren’t all poor… at all. This is why FIFA was so freaked out when Mexico almost failed to qualify… other than US visitors, Mexico fans are the single most lucrative traveling support group there is. I think the estimated potential loss was something like $500-600 million if Mexico failed to qualify. Big bucks.

      • Yeah, not all Nats supporters are that. I’m a half Mex/Gua USMNT supporter and I can’t show up because I can’t afford travel and tix (but I’ll get the sweet Centennial shirt to show my support and watch the games). Plus, I get along with my hermanos just fine thank you (just not the annoying and rude ones, but that goes for anyone). Anyway, LA has a huge hispanic population and most of them love their futbol, so its a no brainer that it’ll be pro Mexico once El Tri’s there.

      • I am actually in the midst of writing an exhaustive article on Gold Cup attendance since its inception in 1991. I will forward all of you the link when it is finished (next week likely… not sure yet where it will be published but there are a couple who have offered) , but I think you will find some very interesting material in it. A couple of teasers:

        -Mexico’s advantage over every other counry in attendance is overwhelming. For doubleheader days (which includes pretty much every game outside of a few finals and outliers) matchdays featuring a Mexico game average over 48k, compared to 22k for non-Mexico doubleheaders

        -The US is NOT second, and they aren’t that close. When you exclude doubleheader days featuring Mexico (i.e. isolate the other CONCACAF and guest teams against each other), El Salvador and Jamaica both average about 29k. The US is third (or fourth, inclusive of Mexico) with about 25k, just a smidge above Guatemala. This trend has improved over time but remains true.

        – Mexico’s attendance dominance extends across ALL regions, and the margin is fairly uniform. It is most pronounced in the Southeast region (mostly Florida), where Mexico games draw approximately 1.9x the average Gold Cup game in that region The West region (CA, OR, WA), typically assumed to be the most “Mexico Friendly” shows a 1.2x advantage for Mexco games vs. Average.

        Hope this is interesting for you… I will share more when the piece is finished… it’s been about a 50 hour “labor of love” (I don’t expect to get paid, and I built the database from scratch)…. but hey I love the CONCACAF game 🙂

    • No. Because the list is a list of metro areas not stadium locations. Most NFL / College stadiums aren’t built in the inner city. So if you were to get “technical” your list would have different names and people would be like “Wheres that at at??”

      Also Dallas has the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. So You’d still be wrong.

  4. Yes x1000. Aside from a gold cup final and WCQ’ers with Mexico, the USMNT doesn’t hold the nations’ attention at all. In non World Cup years, obviously.

    Most sports fans starve for exciting sporting action in the summer, the doldrums of 4 hour long baseball games ain’t enough. A permanent, proper Copa America would change that immediately.

    • How you gonna talk #$%^ about baseball? I’ll watch the 4 hour long baseball games and see my team hold up 3 World Series trophies in the last 5 years.

      All sports are dope and I’m glad Soccer is getting bigger in the states

      • No one is making you watch baseball games on TV. A lot of people enjoy it though based on baseball’s ratings, which MLS would love.

      • In the United States, the vast majority of people would say that watching soccer on tv is way more boring than watching baseball.

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally I like both baseball and soccer.

      • Pshew…I don’t know about that. I think it would be a lot closer than you’re making out, and it wouldn’t shock me at all to see soccer win that poll.

      • Paul, it’s very simple. Look at the ratings. Tv ratings don’t lie. Take out the Americans of latino descent, and the ratings are clearly in baseball’s favor,

  5. Here is to hoping the tournament is a huge success and becomes a permanent fixture that will rival the Euro championship

    • That would be great.

      Personally I don’t think the path forwards with US Soccer is through Europe. There’s too many barriers to entry for US players into the Euro leagues, including politics and plain old-fashioned discrimination. There will always be some dual-nationals who are successful in Europe, of course, and the odd phenom who gets picked up early, but for the most part even the most successful American players – Donovan, Bradley, Altidore, even Dempsey – have always found it tough sledding in Europe, and IMHO it has very little to do with ability.

      The natural path for US players would be the Premier League or Championship because there’s no language barrier, but entry into those leagues is increasingly barred by the UK’s work-permit laws. We’ve had a bit of luck in the Bundesliga, but almost none in Serie A or La Liga.

      If US players were as inferior as the Eurosnobs think, the USMNT would not have made the Round of 16 in three of the last four World Cups, and pretty consistently rank inside the Top-20 even in FIFA’s Euro-skewed rankings. Something does not compute. Especially when England crashed out in group in 2014, finished second to the USMNT in 2010, and Italy hasn’t made it through the Group Stage since 2006.

      Be a lot better if we could get our own scene going here on this side of the pond. Copa America is a huge step forwards in that direction. Definitely doesn’t seem like FIFA is in any hurry to give CONCACAF another World Cup anytime soon….

      • Personally, I want to see our players become more technical and hone their skills in South America, Mexico, and certain parts of Europe (preferably Spain, Germany, or Holland). This struggle to develop our players is unavoidable in my opinion. To be the best, you gotta beat the best. Even if we do have a strong setup in the states, if we’re not facing these European players that play at a very high level from youth to pro, then our guys will get outplayed 9 times out of 10 since they have decades of experience to draw from to teach their players. We’ll basically end up reaching a certain peak of ability like Mexico or England and we’ll never win the WC (in the Three Lions’ case, since ’66 and that was playing at home). But that’s the cynic in me talking. This tournament, however, is a golden chance to play against the best and I can’t wait!

      • The biggest problem with England is that the EPL is loaded with foreign starting 11’s.

        You need a certain amount of outside blood, but when you’re buying it instead of showing the patience to build and develop it, you’ve got an issue.

        How many of Man City’s starting 11 are English? How ’bout Chelsea? Even Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool? Not a bunch.

        Instead they’re busy making the careers of guys like Christiano Ronaldo, Robin Van Persie, Didier Drogba, etc, etc, etc….

        We benefit from that as well – see, Dempsey, Clint, and Howard, Tim.

        The English, not so much.

      • The Premier League does serve as a cautionary tale and I like that you pointed that out. While we do benefit from it, we can also be hurt by it the most (Altidore, Holden). In all honesty, I’m very concerned with our younger guys coming into the Premier League because of the grueling schedule and the emphasis on physical over technical play. That’s why I say our players should go to more technical leagues to hone their skills (hope Yedlin can adapt). So I ultimately say, yes to (again certain) parts of Europe and SA America and Mexico, but not in England.

    • Seems to be a lot of interest already. The US Soccer tweet about this absolute blew up today. Dozens of replies and a couple hundred retweets in the first few minutes alone.


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