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USA to Host 2016 Copa America, Says Report

The next Copa America will be in Chile in 2015, but when the Confederation of CONMEBOL celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016 they want to hold a special tournament and it won’t be on the South American Continent. Reports coming from Mexico and Goal are that there will be a special Copa America tournament and it will be played in the United States.

This would be the first time in the history of the tournament and in South American soccer history that this prestigious cup competition would be held outside of the ten countries that make up the confederation and to be honest many thought that this special Copa America would be held in Mexico.

But apparently with the help of brand new CONCACAF President Jeffery Webb, he has found a way to get the tournament to be staged in the United States and at the same time probably repaired any damage in the past that had been going on during the Jack Warner era.

But this news would mean that the second invited side to be a part of this special Copa America is US Soccer and I would assume the games would be held in mid June till mid July depending on when FIFA schedules Official International competition dates for the 2018 World Cup that will be held in Russia.

The USA has been invited to three Copa America’s in their history as they went down to Ecuador in 1993. Uruguay in 1995 and their most recent participation was in Venezuela during the start of Bob Bradley’s tenure in 2007. Everyone remembers the historic 1995 run that got the USA finishing in 4th place.

It started on July 8th when Eric Wynalda got a brace against Chile for the 2-1 win, but their next match was against a tough Bolivian side that had Marco Etcheverry on the squad and he scored the only goal. But the historic victory over Argentina that moved them to the Quarterfinals with goals from Frank Klopas, Alexi Lalas and Eric Wynalda for the 3-0 win.

If you thought it was big news back in the 2002 World Cup when the USA defeated Mexico in the round of sixteen, it was just as big of a victory against El Tri when both sides ended their match in a scoreless draw and a penalty shootout was going to end it.

Wynalda converted for the USA and so did Luis Garcia for Mexico to end the first round. After that it was all USA as Joe Max Moore, Paul Caligiuri and Frank Klopas converted while Carlos Hermosillo & Alberto Coyote either missed or was stopped by Brad Friedel. The USA would advance to the Semi-Finals only to be stopped by Brazil and losing in the third place game against Colombia.

So I say bring the celebration over to the USA. Let us be gracious hosts to this wonderful occasion that the South American Football Confederation has bestowed upon us along with the help of CONCACAF that wants to bridge the gap within the America’s and put on a great show to celebrate the centennial of South America Football.

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  1. Daniel Feuerstein

    July 22, 2012 at 3:22 am

    If this Special Copa America, or the 2016 Copa Pan-American does
    happen I think the draw with four pots and four groups of four can
    happen. The ten teams ranked in CONMEBOL will be in the first three
    pots. The draw can be like this. Pot A will have the top four sides
    ranked in South America. (Using the FIFA Rankings in South America
    on July 4th 2012 as an example) 1. Uruguay, 2. Argentina, 3.
    Brazil, 4. Chile. Pot B wil have the next four sides ranked 5.
    Colombia, 6. Paraguay, 7. Ecuador, 8. Peru. Pot C will have the
    lowest sides ranked 9. Venezuela & 10. Bolivia with the USA
    & Mexico. Pot D can have those four CONCACAF sides that has a
    better finish in the 2015 Gold Cup. The four groups will be drawn
    from Pot D thru Pot A. Pot D at the bottom of the groups, Pot C in
    the third position, Pot B in the second position & Pot A at the
    top of the groups. Top two advances to the Quarterfinals. So who
    likes this idea?

  2. Nate

    July 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

    A few thoughts: 1) Adding the US and Mexico to the tournament makes
    it a more compelling tournament by adding two competitive teams,
    but it also is a big financial windfall. Television ratings in
    Mexico would be high, and the large facilities and a diverse
    immigrant population in the US would bring a stronger gate than
    hosting in another country. 2) This will never happen, but as a
    thought experiment: why not convert the tournament to single-game
    knockout tournament, NCAA basketball style, and include every team
    in North and South America? According to their website, there are
    40 teams in CONCACAF, and if you add 10 CONMEBOL teams, you have 50
    teams. Give the top 14 FIFA ranked teams byes in the first round,
    seed each team according to the FIFA world rankings, and you can
    have a great tournament completed in three weeks, with roughly two
    games a week for each team. I bring this up because for me, the
    Round Robin group of 4 is lacking in suspense. And more than that,
    I think the whole point of national teams are letting people gather
    together and sing patriotic songs and just have a great deal of
    fun. Why can’t everyone on the continent get in on the act, even if
    half of them will be out by the end of the first week? I think
    “quality of play” argument that advocates limited the pool of teams
    to the strong is a misguided approach when applied to national team
    tournaments. To my mind, if you want top-quality soccer, you
    shouldn’t even be wasting your time watching national teams at all.

    • BamaMan

      July 12, 2012 at 1:08 am

      Nate, the Round-Robin Group stage was created so that teams would
      have a minimum number of games in the tournament in order to recoup
      their costs of travelling there. Qualification shouldn’t be easy
      and that should make qualification games a big deal for lesser

  3. Earl Reed

    July 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    It will be interesting if this is a full-fledged “Copa America,” or if they give this championship a different name. Wikipedia currently lists this as the “2016 Pan American Championship.” It has a listing for how things might shape up as far as participants, and 16 teams would make a helluva lot of sense – you would think that this would attempt to play off the success of the European Championships, and a 4-group, 16-team tournament would provide a similar dynamic.

    There’s a reason that they will be holding this Championship (if it happens) in the USA, and it’s the same reason why CONCACAF and CONMEBOL should not be combined – the USA is still a global financial power. Stacking the deck against the US in World Cup Qualification would hurt FIFA in the long run.

    • CTBlues

      July 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

      But if you have seeded groups and 8 spots up for grabs you think
      the US couldn’t qualify?

      • Charles

        July 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        I think the US qualfies still, it is a tougher road, obviously, but
        more likely that the 6th best in SA qualify over central American
        teams. You can obviously be for that, because it is a better World
        Cup Finals with a better 32 there or you can be against that, as it
        is nice to see what a pretty good Honderas team can do. I chose to
        be against it. You seem to be for it.

        • CTBlues

          July 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

          I want to see the US to get better and for that to happen the sport
          needs to be viewed more and in a better light in this country and
          around the world. I think playing the better teams from South
          America will help that tremendously.

          • Charles

            July 10, 2012 at 12:05 am

            Well we agree 100% there.

  4. BamaMan

    July 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I imagine that FIFA international dates won’t have anything to do
    with this. Several other Spanish-language blogs have already
    reported that this is not going to be a Copa America tournament,
    but a special one-off Pan-Am Cup. The expectation is that all ten
    CONMEBOL teams will participate along with six CONCACAF sides. I am
    100% in favor of dropping one of the Gold Cups and Copa Americas
    every WC cycle and replacing them with this. Imagine: Euros in the
    morning and Pan-Am Cup action at night. It would be good stuff.

  5. David

    July 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I think combining the Gold Cup and Copa America is a great idea.
    Combining CONCACAF and CONMEBOL is a bad idea. The travel distances
    would be too much for World Cup qualifying games. Knowing FIFA,
    could you imagine the U.S. playing a game say in Nashville, then
    flying to Buenos Aires to play a game against Argentina days later?
    With so many players from Europe, that’s just too much travel in my

    • CTBlues

      July 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      They could schedule the matches so you have road trips. Play all
      your games in South America and southern Central America in one
      week instead of having a home and road game in one week.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      July 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      I think that would be a bad idea David. First of all CONMEBOL only
      has ten countries and that’s why they have two spots for invites.
      Yes Mexico is one, but they want to bring in others to fill it up.
      Combining the Gold & the Copa America is not a good idea. You
      would screw up the Confederations Cup spots and at the same time
      the travel issues if you do it and each Confederation needs to have
      their own continental tournament. But if you want the Gold Cup
      Champion facing the Copa America Champion in a one game America’s
      title or goal aggregate playoff then that would be interesting.

      • David

        July 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

        The way they could do it is have 6 teams from CONCACAF and 6 teams
        from CONMEBOL compete in the tournament. Since 2 spots are at stake
        for the Confederations Cup, the teams that make the final would
        qualify to play in the Confederations Cup. Travel isn’t an issue
        since the tournament would be held in the host country that’s
        selected. I believe the biggest factor regarding these rumors about
        a possible merger is money. CONEMBOL was impressed with the turnout
        of fans here in the U.S. to see Brazil vs Argentina and Brazil’s
        other matches on their U.S. tour. I believe both confederations see
        how much money could be made combining both regions so I think that
        is why there is a strong possibility it could happen in the near

  6. CTBlues

    July 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    CONCACAF and COMEBOL need to be one federation .

    • Charles

      July 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      No…seven out the final sixteen came from those two seperate
      groups last year. There is no reason to kill that by making them
      eliminate themselves before the finals. There will always be those
      that think smaller, lesser groups should get less in the finals,
      but the decent central America teams are already squeezed with
      Mexico a lock for final sixteen, and the US on the edge of being
      so. That would crush any chances for other teams in the
      region….why when is working fine now.

      • Charles

        July 5, 2012 at 8:20 pm

        And by last year I mean 2010

      • CTBlues

        July 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        If the US wants to keep getting better they need to play against
        better competition than Central American and Caribbean countries in
        meaningful games not friendlies. Also a true Copa America would be
        way more lucrative than the Gold Cup ever will be.

        • The original Tom

          July 6, 2012 at 10:15 am

          That is what Australia was thinking when they left Oceana to join

    • SSReporters

      July 6, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Yeah, and watch the US hilariously crash out of every single WCQ.
      It’s fine as it is, we barely qualified for the last tournament
      automatically by 4 points and were behind in half of those games.

      • CTBlues

        July 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        They would have step it up to actually earn a place in the WC and
        if they could qualify out of that they would have a way better
        chance of getting past the first knockout match. Also with these
        two federations combining they would have to increase the amount of
        spots that they would have. CONCACAF gets 3.5 and COMEBOL gets 4.5,
        so there should be at least 8 which would mean Asia or Africa would
        loose one. Since CONCACAF has so many island nations in it you have
        to have a stag to find the best minnow then set up groups similar
        to UEFA.

  7. Charles

    July 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Please don’t like to while I am trying to eat
    lunch…….This is huge for American soccer. One, so much is made
    about the European game, many of the So American teams are better
    and the history is deeper. Two is having people realize that the
    Euro soccer lovers they are turned off by are the exception, not
    the rule. Three, the US able to play very good competition will be
    very valuable.

    • Charles

      July 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Should be link to, not like to

  8. The original Tom

    July 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Interesting. I think it will make a lot of money. Will it be in NFL
    stadiums or MLS stadiums or both?

    • Alex

      July 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      seeing that this tournament will likely bring much more fans than a
      puny mls stadium can hold i doubt any MLS stadium (except MAYBE
      RBA) will host any games. NFL stadiums is the only logical choice
      for hosting the tournament.

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