USA will face stern test in the historic centenary edition of Copa America 2016. Host U.S. were drawn in Group A along with Colombia, Paraguay and Costa Rica. All four groups were revealed in the tournament’s Centenario group stage draw held on Sunday night at New York City’s famed Hammerstein Ballroom.
For the first time in the history of the tournament, the event will be held outside Latin America. Copa America will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in June 2016. Ten American cities will be hosting the matches, which include 3 MLS stadiums.
And the U.S. will face mighty Colombia in the opening match of the tournament at Levi’s Stadium on June 3. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann has pointed out that his side shouldn’t be considered an underdog. The U.S. will also be facing Costa Rica (June 7, Soldier Field) and Paraguay on June 11 at Lincoln Financial Field. The group is considered the “group of death” by many experts.
MLS legends Carlos Valderrama, Alexi Lalas and Jorge Campos were the superstars drawing the names of the countries during the event, according to MLSSoccer.com.
Mexico, the winners of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015, are drawn with Uruguay, Jamaica and Venezuela in Group C. Reigning champions Chile will take on Argentina in the opening Group D match. Panama and Bolivia are the other two teams of the group.
Five-time world champions Brazil are clustered with Peru, Haiti and Ecuador in a comparatively easier Group B. The winners of this group will be up against the runner-up of the group comprising the U.S.
The complete group divisions of Copa 2016 are given below, as reported by the Guardian.