The 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament got underway on June 3 with the opening match (USA-Colombia) and will conclude with the championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26. The United States will host all 32 matches as 16 participating nations will battle to win the 100th celebratory edition of this historic South American tournament.
The 16 teams participating are broken into four groups of four teams, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the knockout stage. Groups were drawn on Feb. 21. Let's check out each group, along with the entire TV schedule for arguably the biggest soccer tournament on American soil since the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
|Copa America Centenario Group A|
The U.S. came back from the dead to win Group A, while Colombia advances as the runner-up. After a poor performance in the opener against Colombia, the USMNT buckled down and showed quality in beating Costa Rica and Paraguay. Next up is Ecuador. Can they keep it going?
Scores for all Group A matches.
|Group A Matches|
|June 3||USA||0-2||Colombia||Levi's Stadium||9:30 p.m.||FS1|
|June 4||Costa Rica||0-0||Paraguay||Camping World Stadium||5 p.m.||FOX|
|June 7||USA||4-0||Costa Rica||Soldier Field||8 p.m.||FS1|
|June 7||Colombia||2-1||Paraguay||Rose Bowl||10:30 p.m.||FS1|
|June 11||Paraguay||0-1||USA||Lincoln Financial||7 p.m.||FS1|
|June 11||Costa Rica||3-2||Colombia||NRG Stadium||9 p.m.||FS2|
|Copa America Group B|
No Neymar, big problem. With the Barcelona star devoting his time with the Olympic squad, Brazil had plenty of bumps along the way, failing to score a goal against South American foes Ecuador and Peru. A 7-1 drubbing of Haiti was the only highlight of Brazil's short run in Copa America Centenario. Thanks to a handball goal scored by Peru against Brazil, Peru advanced and the SeleÃ§Ã£o suffered another soccer embarrassment. It's the first time Brazil has failed to make it out of the Copa Amwerica group stage since 1987.
Scores for all Group B matches.
|Group B Matches|
|June 4||Haiti||0-1||Peru||CenturyLink Field||7:30 p.m.||FS2|
|June 4||Brazil||0-0||Ecuador||Rose Bowl||10:00 p.m.||FS1|
|June 8||Brazil||7-1||Haiti||Camping World Stadium||7:30 p.m.||FS1|
|June 8||Ecuador||2-2||Peru||Univ. of Phoenix||10:00 p.m.||FS2|
|June 12||Haiti||0-4||Ecuador||MetLife Stadium||6:30 p.m.||FS2|
|June 12||Peru||1-0||Brazil||Gillette Stadium||8:30 p.m.||FS1|
|Copa America Group C|
Mexico clinched the top spot in the group after a 1-1 draw with Venezuela, as the Vinotinto finished as runners up. El Tri looks like a cup contender as it hasn't suffered a defeat under its new manager Juan Carlos Osorio and has been able to constantly create in attack. As for Jamaica and Uruguay, it's been a tournament to forget, as they played each other in a meaningless match on Tuesday night.
Here are the results for Group C.
|Group C Matches|
|June 5||Jamaica||0-1||Venezuela||Soldier Field||5:00 p.m.||FOX|
|June 5||Mexico||3-1||Uruguay||Univ. of Phoenix||8:00 p.m.||FS1|
|June 9||Uruguay||0-1||Venezuela||Lincoln Financial||7:30 p.m.||FS1|
|June 9||Mexico||2-0||Jamaica||Rose Bowl||10:00 p.m.||FS1|
|June 13||Venezuela||1-1||Mexico||NRG Stadium||8:00 p.m.||FS1|
|June 13||Jamaica||0-3||Uruguay||Levi's Stadium||10:00 p.m.||FS1|
|Copa America Group D|
As expected, Argentina wins the group and Chile finishes as runner up, with valiant Panama failing to steal a result against the big boys and finishing in third. Argentina is flying high as the only team in the tournament to win all three of its group stage matches, while Chile will look to continue to improve under new coach Juan Antonio Pizzi after winning the competition for the first time ever in 2015.
Here are the results from Group D.
|Group D Matches|
|June 6||Panama||2-1||Bolivia||Camping World Stadium||7:00 p.m.||FS1|
|June 6||Argentina||2-1||Chile||Levi's Stadium||10:00 p.m.||FS1|
|June 10||Chile||2-1||Bolivia||Gillette Stadium||7:00 p.m.||FOX|
|June 10||Argentina||5-0||Panama||Soldier Field||9:30 p.m.||FOX|
|June 14||Panama||2-4||Chile||Lincoln Financial||8:00 p.m.||FS1|
|June 14||Bolivia||0-3||Argentina||CenturyLink Field||10:00 p.m.||FS1|
The top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals, which will take place from June 16-18.
|Match 25||Thu., June 16||USA||2-1||Ecuador||CenturyLink Field||9:30 p.m.||FS1|
|Match 26||Fri., June 17||Peru||0-0 (Col. 5-4 in PKs)||Colombia||MetLife Stadium||8:00 p.m.||FS1|
|Match 27||Sat., June 18||Argentina||4-1||Venezuela||Gillette Stadium||7:00 p.m.||FX|
|Match 28||Sat., June 18||Mexico||0-7||Chile||Levi's Stadium||10:00 p.m.||FX|
Teams will have approximately 4-5 days off in between the quarterfinals and the semifinals. The winners of each semifinal match will square off in the final. The losers face off in the third-place match.
|Match 29||Tue., June 21||USA||0-4||Argentina||NRG Stadium||9:00 p.m.||FS1|
|Match 30||Wed., June 22||Colombia||0-2||Chile||Soldier Field||8:00 p.m.||FS1|
|Sat., June 25||USA||0-1||Colombia|| ||Univ. of Phoenix||8:00 p.m.||FX|
This will be arguably the biggest championship soccer match on American soil since the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The final of that tournament was at the Rose Bowl. This year's Cope America Centenario tournament final will take place in the East coast, at MetLife Stadium.
|Sun., June 26||Argentina|| 0-0 |
(Chile wins 4-2 in PKs)
|Chile||MetLife Stadium||8:00 p.m.||FS1|
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