CONCACAF confirms United States will host Copa America Centenario in 2016

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The United States will host the Copa America Centenario in the summer of 2016.

There was much speculation as to whether or not the U.S. would go on as host after multiple officials in both CONCACAF and CONMEBOL were involved in the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal.

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After much back and forth, it was confirmed today that the tournament would go on as planned in the United States.

Below is a section of a statement released by CONCACAF:

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol (CONMEBOL), and the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) today announced their agreement to proceed with plans to stage the Copa America Centenario in the United States during the summer of 2016. The agreement was reached as a result of extensive work between the Confederations, U.S. Soccer, and the tournament’s broadcast partners to implement a strengthened and transparent governance structure for managing and executing the historic football event.

In a joint statement, CONCACAF and CONMEBOL said: “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.”