Nearshore Americas

U.S., Colombia, Costa Rica Clash in Copa America

Copa America is the tournament to decide the best national soccer team in South America, so it is usually played on that continent. But to increase visibility for its 100-year anniversary — Copa America Centenario — the 2016 edition will take place this Summer in the United States and include a few teams from the northern side of the hemisphere. The organizers recently did the drawing for the group stage match-ups and, as always seems the case, the United States Men’s National Team landed itself in the dreaded “Group of Death.” USMNT will host group-mates Colombia in the tournament’s opening game on June 3 in the Bay Area at Levi’s stadium. In addition to facing those “Los Cafeteros,” it will also have to get past Costa Rica and Paraguay to advance to the knockout stage. The U.S. team made it out of the Group of Death in the World Cup. Will it be able to do it again?

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Jared Wade

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