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Copa America Centenario play-in clashes set for January

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The final two teams to enter the Copa America Centenario field will reveal themselves in January.

CONCACAF announces Thursday that a doubleheader will take place Jan. 8 in Panama City, Panama with the winner of each match earning a spot in next summer’s tournament. The doubleheader will see hosts Panama collide with Cuba, while Trinidad & Tobago takes on Haiti.

The play-in participants were determined by finishes at the 2013 Gold Cup, with Panama earning hosting rights after securing a third-place finish.

Six teams will represent CONCACAF in next summer’s tournament, which is set to run from June 3-26. The U.S. is set to host and will be joined by fellow CONCACAF powers Mexico, Jamaica and Costa Rica, as well as the two play-in game winners.

Joining the CONCACAF representatives will be all 10 teams from the CONMEBOL region: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The tournament will mark the first time that legendary South American competition has been hosted outside of the continent.

What do you expect from the play-in games? Which teams do you see qualifying for next summer’s tournament?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Hoping for the stronger teams- T&T and Panama. Haiti is not bad but Cuba is terrible, doubt that they have a chance. There was talk that Canada may be given a road to the Centenario since they had less opportunities than the Central American and Carribean teams that have a cup system.

  2. Would like to see Haiti, just as a change of pace, but I see T&T having a better chance of winning a game in the Copa (although still slight). Don’t see Cuba with a chance on the road to beat Panama.


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