We’re getting excited for the big soccer tournaments that are happening this summer! Though it’s not on the same scale as the World Cup, the Copa América Centenario is a major soccer tournament in which the top teams from North and South America will compete to be the best nation in the Western Hemisphere. This very special event is going to be held in 10 different cities across the United States starting on June 3rd, when the United States takes on Colombia in Santa Clara, California. The final will be played on June 26th at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1. Combination of Two Major Tournaments
The Copa América Centenario is actually the combination of two separate tournaments: the Copa América, represented by South American nations; and the CONCACAF Gold Cup, represented by North American nations. The Centenario celebrates the 100th anniversary of the very first Copa América competition.
The complete list of cities hosting matches is as follows: Santa Clara, CA; Orlando, FL; Seattle, WA; Pasadena, CA; Chicago, IL; Glendale, AZ; Foxborough, MA; Philadelphia, PA; East Rutherford, NJ; and Houston, TX.
2. How to Get to the Host Cities for Copa America Games
Luckily for you soccer fans (or football fans, if you’re not from the U.S.), GotoBus.com carries bus services between many of the major cities that will be hosting the matches. You can build a fantastic trip around these games whether you want to explore New York City, lounge in the Los Angeles sun, see the colonial architecture of Boston, or plan an exciting family trip to the theme parks of Orlando.
Bus travel is a great way to get around while remaining environmentally friendly since it’s essentially a large carpool. Through GotoBus, you’ll also be able to book your hotel stay, meaning that everything you need to book for a perfect vacation will be right at your fingertips. Booking your bus and hotel together makes you eligible for some special discounts that you won’t find anywhere else. The Washington D.C. bus to New York City is a very popular line and will get you to one of the best cities in the world with plenty of time to explore before the big game. New York to Boston and New York to Orlando are also cheap bus routes that will save you some money for your Copa America trip.
3. Best Players and Soccer Teams in the World
What are the teams to watch? The United States will have home field advantage, and many U.S. fans will be hoping that their team can upset some of the favored South American teams. Brazil, a perennial favorite, has provided a home to some of the best players ever, like the legendary Pelé. Fan favorite Neymar will try to lead his teammates to success. However, Neymar’s teammate at FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi, will have something to say about that as he tries to ignite Argentina’s attack.
Messi is considered the greatest player of his generation, and one of the greatest of all time. If you have the chance to see Argentina play, you will be fortunate enough to see one of the true masters of the game work his magic. Of course, there will be another Barcelona player trying to provide the spark for his nation: the temperamental, but incredibly gifted, Luis Suarez of Uruguay is a favorite to score the most goals of the tournament; hopefully, he’ll keep a cool head and not make any rash decisions that could get him into trouble. Don’t count out Chile, the winners of last year’s Copa América, led by the hard-working Alexis Sanchez; Colombia, who made an impressive run during the 2014 World Cup; and Mexico, a team that can hold its own with the big boys and always provides an unexpected upset.
Head over to Gotobus.com now to reserve your bus tickets so you can get out there and support your team. May the best squad win!