MLS season ticket members to get first crack at Copa America Centenario tickets this week

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Organizers of the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament announced on Friday that MLS season ticket holders will get a first crack at match tickets in an exclusive presale beginning this week.

Tournament officials will only be making tickets available to season ticket members of all professional soccer teams in the USA and Canada with World Cup-style venue passes that include all 32 matches of the Copa America.

Here’s the process: Beginning this week, MLS season ticket holders will receive a code via email which will allow them to purchase their Copa America tickets online before they go on sale to the general public in February.

MLS fans who purchase venue passes as part of this first phase of ticket sales will also be entered into a lottery for first access to purchase tickets to the Copa America Centenario final on June 26.

Expected to be the biggest soccer tournament held in the USA since the 1994 World Cup, the event will feature all 10 South American nations, including giants Argentina and Brazil, as well as six CONCACAF nations: hosts USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti and Panama.

The complete Copa America Centenario schedule was unveiled in December with matches kicking off June 3. The tournament opens on the West coast at Levi’s Stadium, which hosts the opening match involving the US national team, and it wraps up on the East coast at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Nine of the 10 cities that will host Copa America matches also happen to be home to MLS clubs: NY/NJ, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Orlando, Foxborough and Santa Clara in the Bay Area.

And three of the venues are also MLS stadiums: CenturyLink Field (Seattle), Gillette Stadium (Foxborough) and the Citrus Bowl (Orlando).

The tournament draw will be held on February 21 in a nationally televised event at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom in front of a live audience with fans invited to attend and participate.