MATHEW WAGNER - Thursday, October 25, 2012
On Wednesday, South America's soccer governing body, CONMEBOL, announced a special Copa America to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the tournament - but not in South America.
At a meeting held in in Buenos Aires, CONMEBOL confirmed that in July 2016, the United States will play host and participate in what has been dubbed the "Copa America Centenario," a 16-team tournament consisting of nations from both the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF regions. The US will compete against 10 CONMEBOL teams, Mexico and four other nations from CONCACAF.
With the US and Mexico already confirmed as participants, the four other nations from CONCACAF will be decided based upon their finish in the 2015 Gold Cup.
The US has participated in three previous Copa America tournaments, the last coming in 2007. The team's best finish was in 1995, when they defeated Chile, Argentina and Mexico on their way to fourth place.