The second biggest soccer tournament ever to be held in the U.S. kicks off tonight with the USA taking on Columbia in Santa Clara, CA. The Copa America Centario is a celebration of 100 years of South American futbol and will be played outside of S. America for the first time ever. The tournament typically features all ten COMEBOL national teams from South America and two invitees to make up a 12 team field. But in honor of 100 years of competition, this year’s edition includes all of the S. America squads and national teams from the U.S. (host), Mexico (CONCACAF Champion), Jamaica (Caribbean Champion), Costa Rica (Central American Champion) and Haiti and Panama who won entry in qualifying rounds. The field includes powerhouses such as Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile (the defending champion). Games will be played in ten venues (including 3 games at NRG in Houston) from tonight until the final on June 23 in New Jersey.
Keep your eye on this space for Red’s predictions.