For the first time in it’s storied history, Copa America will be played outside of South America next summer. Copa America is coming to Orlando Citrus Bowl! The full schedule was just released – CLICK HERE!
Copa America is the oldest, most prestigious and widely viewed tournaments in the soccer world. Next year’s Copa America Centenario will feature six teams from CONCACAF and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
We learned that Orlando will host three matches here at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on June 4th, 6th and 8th, 2016! Brazil will play on June 8th!
Lucky you, Orlando City, Orlando Pride and Orlando City B season passholders! You get first dibs on pre-sale passes in January! (Regular on sale opportunities to be announced.)
“The announcement that Brazil will be an anchor team in Orlando could not be better news for our community,” said Central Florida Sports Commission President and CEO John Bisignano. “Brazilian tourists are a key demographic to our area, but it’s the country’s spirit and passion for the game of soccer that will make Copa matches at the Orlando Citrus Bowl that much more special.”
With the tournament being played on North American soil for the first time in it’s history, we know already – it’s going to be an exciting summer! The 2016 Copa America Centenario will feature six teams from CONCACAF and all 10 teams from CONMEBOL: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Orlando can expect to possibly see some of the biggest stars in world soccer grace the pitch at the Citrus Bowl. Some of the big names could include the likes of Lionel Messi (ARG), Neymar (BRA), Luis Suarez (URG), James Rodriguez (COL), and Claudio Pizzaro (PER).
This will also be the first time since 2007 that the U.S. has participated in Copa America. The U.S. has appeared in the tournament three times (’93, ’95, ’07), recording their best finish in Uruguay ’95, where they finished 4th.
Next year promises to be a very exciting year in Orlando for the soccer. Orlando City SC, will be kicking off their second season in Major League Soccer, and Orlando Pride will begin their inaugural campaign behind superstar, Alex Morgan. With the announcement of Copa America Centenario, there is no doubt that Orlando is “The Soccer Capital of the South”.
“June will be an historic month for world class soccer in Central Florida with the kickoff of Copa America and specifically, the Brazilian National Team here in the City Beautiful,” said City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We invite all soccer and sports fans, whose outpouring of support helped us secure these events, to join us at the Orlando Citrus Bowl for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
We will be sure to keep you posted as more information is confirmed. I will also be tweeting information as it becomes available. Follow me @davidjxblair on Twitter.
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