If there's one thing you would think Copa America Centenario organizers would get right, it's playing the correct national anthems before the game.
Whoever was in charge of the pre-game audio Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., only got half of the job right.
After Mexico reveled in its national anthem, Uruguay had to listen to the national anthem of Chile blaring through the stadium's PA system. It explained the confused looks on the faces of the Uruguayans.
— We Global Football (@We_Global) June 6, 2016
Hearing that wasn't the Uruguayan national anthem. Uruguayan press not at all happy in the press box. Rightly so.
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) June 6, 2016
It could always be worse, Uruguay. https://t.co/27LlR6yp44
— Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman) June 6, 2016
Copa America Centenario tweeted an apology from the local organizing committee in Glendale during halftime of the Mexico-Uruguay game.
A statement from Copa America Centenario LOC... pic.twitter.com/9R1QBUZHwd
— Copa América 2016 (@CA2016) June 6, 2016
As far as mishaps for an international sporting event go, Sunday's blunder is far from Sochi Olympics levels. But still. Playing the wrong national anthem? Especially when you're trying to show that you're worthy of hosting the 2026 World Cup? It's an unacceptable gaffe.