This morning, CONCACAF and CONMEBEL announced Los Angeles as one of ten cities participating in the 2016 Copa America Centennial tournament, with the Rose Bowl in sunny Pasadena selected as the host venue.
The host metropolitan areas and respective stadiums are: Boston (Gillette Stadium), Chicago (Soldier Field), Houston (NRG Stadium), Los Angeles (Rose Bowl), New York (MetLife Stadium), Orlando (Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium), Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field), Phoenix (University of Phoenix Stadium), San Francisco (Levi’s Stadium) and Seattle (CenturyLink Field).
Outside of South America for the first time and scheduled to run throughout June, this historic edition of the Copa America Centennial tournament features the CONMEBEL nations as well as six CONCACAF teams. (US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica and two TBD)
With the stadium expected to host at least three matches, this is big news for soccer in LA. And judging by the bullish demeanor of the organizers (They said "historic" half a dozen times in the press release), they expect to fill the place.
Copa America Centennial action. The Euros. World Cup Qualifying. And probably lots of meaningless friendlies. Summer 2016 is going to be fairly ridiculous.