Report: 2016 Copa America tournament in USA still in the works, stadiums selected
The long-rumored blow-out centennial 2016 Copa América – which would be held in the United States and include the US and Mexican national teams – is apparently still in the works, and now we might know where some of the matches will be played.
Spanish outlet Marca has added more fuel to the fire by reporting that CONMEBOL is still finalizing plans with CONCACAF to host a special edition of the quadrennial tournament in 2016 to commemorate its 100-year anniversary.
Marca has also allegedly identfied six stadiums where games will be played: the Rose Bowl, Stanford Stadium, MetLife Stadium, Florida Citrus Bowl, RFK Stadium and Reliant Stadium.
Most of the other details in the report have already been cited, including that the 16-team tournament will see the US, Mexico and four other CONCACAF representatives compete with South America's 10 nations (El Tri and Japan are reportedly the guest teams for the 2015 Copa América in Chile).
But Marca also states that the competition will be called the "Centenario" and that no specfic dates have yet been agreed upon, as an agreement still needs to be made with the company that owns the TV rights.
The Copa América is the oldest international contintental soccer competition. It was first played in 1916 in Uruguay, who are the current champons after winning the 2011 edition vs. Paraguay and hold the most tournament wins with 15.
CONCACAF declined to comment when contacted by MLSsoccer.com, but a source close to the confederation confirmed that talks are ongoing between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, though added the Marca report was "premature."