On Monday the six venues for the Olympic soccer tournament were revealed for the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janiero.
Rio, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo are the six cities selected to host matches, as all six were venues during the 2014 World Cup last summer.
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One of the main points of contention was whether or not Manaus would be included on the list but the Amazonian city located over 1,800 miles north of Rio has been approved and the $294 million stadium, which the U.S. played in during the World Cup against Portugal, will host matches next summer.
Seven stadiums in total will be used across the six cities, as Rio will host games at the world famous Maracana Stadium and at the Engenhao which will be home to the track and field events in 2016.
58 games will take place across the seven venues during the Olympic soccer tournament which will run from Aug. 3-20 as the U.S. women’s national team aim to win their fourth-straight Gold medal and Mexico aim to win back-to-back Gold’s after beating Brazil in the final of the London 2012 games.
If the soccer on show next summer is half as good as the World Cup finals we saw in Brazil in 2014, we are in for a real treat.
Now all we need is for the USMNT to qualify this time…
It would be pretty cool to possibly see the likes of Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and maybe Michael Bradley return to Brazil as the USA’s three overage players to try and win Gold in Rio, right?