On Friday, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and U.S. Soccer Federation announced that the Copa America Centenario will still take place in the United States in the summer of 2016 as originally planned. There was doubt about whether or not the event would still proceed after more than a dozen soccer administrators and marketing executives were arrested on corruption charges earlier this year.
CONCACAF and CONMEBOL released the following statement:
“We are extremely happy for our fans, our teams and our partners, that we were able to find a way to host the Copa America Centenario celebration in the United States under an entirely new structure for managing the tournament’s operations and finances. The improved governance structure will bring greater accountability and transparency to the event so it can serve its two intended purposes – to celebrate the 100 years of history of Copa America, and provide a once in a lifetime spectacle for fans in the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL regions.”
According to ESPN FC, the final will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. They also report that the following cities expressed interest in hosting the event: Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Nashville, Tennessee; New York/New Jersey; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia; Phoenix; St. Louis; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; Tampa, Florida; and Washington, D.C.