LA Coliseum to host Copa Centroamericana final, winner to qualify for Copa America Centenario
Win the big game at the LA Memorial Coliseum on September 13 and get a spot at the even bigger dance.
The Central American Football Union on Tuesday announced that the final of the 2014 Copa Centroamericana will be played at the historic Los Angeles venue.
The Copa Centroamericana (or Central American Cup) is the region’s international championship and also serves as a qualifying competition for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. On this occasion, the winner will also qualify for the special edition of the Copa América Centenario, South America's international championship that will take place on American soil in 2016.
World Cup-bound Costa Rica are the current Central American Cup champions and have lifted the trophy a record seven times. Fellow Brazil 2014 participants Honduras are next with three titles, while Guatemala and Panama have won one each. Belize, El Salvador and Nicaragua round out the list of participants.
The Central American Cup has been contested 12 times, starting in 1991. Costa Rica and Honduras have each hosted it three times, while it has been played in El Salvador, Guatemala and Panama twice. This year's edition is being held in the United States to celebrate UNCAF's upcoming 25th anniversary.
Announcements about other host cities and venues, as well as groups and scheduling, will be made over the coming weeks.
The historical Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, located next to the Sports Arena in Exposition Park, has hosted two Olympic Games (1932, 1984), two Super Bowls (1967, 1973) and a World Series (1959), as well as five CONCACAF Gold Cups (1991, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2005), including four finals. It is currently home to the University of Southern California (USC) football team.