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USA to host Copa America Centenario in 2016

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Come 2016, the Copa America Centenario is officially headed to the United States.

The long-rumored tournament, which will feature 10 nations from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF, was officially announced by the confederations during a joint press conference Thursday in Miami, with the United States tabbed as the host nation.

The event, which will come one year after the 2015 editions of the Copa America and Gold Cup, has for now been labeled as a one-off event celebrating CONMEBOL's 100th anniversary, though federation president Eugenio Figueredo on Thursday expressed hope for a "permanent alliance."

The Copa America Centenario is scheduled to be held June 3-26, according to CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, which means it will largely overlap with Euro 2016 from June 10-July 10. The Centenario tournament is not yet on the FIFA calendar obligating clubs to release players.

The six CONCACAF nations represented will be the USA, Mexico, the winner of the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, the winner of the 2014 Carribbean Cup, and the two best finishers at the 2015 Gold Cup that have not otherwise qualified.

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