Copa America Centenario is the biggest tournament to be played in the United States in over a decade. It's a tournament that has a rich history older than the World Cup. Unfortunately, soccer fans in Ohio will have to travel to see it.
The United States Soccer Federation announced the ten cities this morning and only Chicago made the cut from the Midwest. Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Detroit were left out of hosting duties.
Soldier Field in Chicago is the closest venue to Columbus. On the East Coast, Gillette Stadium in Boston, MetLife Stadium in New York, and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will host.
The West Coast is also well represented with Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, San Francisco's Levi’s Stadium, and CenturyLink in Seattle getting games. Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix and NRG Stadium in Houston are the remaining host venues.
The tournament runs June 3rd through the 26th and will have 16 teams, with all CONMEBOL teams playing CONCACAF will send the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. Two more will join from two playoff games, Trinidad & Tobago faces Haiti, and Panama plays Cuba.
The Copa America Centenario is a full international tournament so tournament squads will be fully stocked. Messi, Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, and a long list of top South American stars will join their national teams. It's a rare chance to see the top talent of North and South America at the same time. This is a must watch tourney, even without venues close by, many Ohio soccer fans will still grab a flight or drive to catch this live.