The Copa America looks to be returning to the United States.
According to Globo, the cup will again be hosted in the states in 2020, a year after Brazil hosts it, as CONMEBOL aims to have the tournament coincide with Euro, every four years on an even number. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been asking for this for some time. The United States hosted the competition last year for the first time with the Copa America Centenario.
According to the report, the huge success of the 2016 Copa America, which saw Chile beat Argentina in the final and the United States make the semifinals, made it a no-brainer to return the cup to the country.
Nothing has been officially announced, but this is obviously good news for soccer fans in the United States, as it will serve as a chance to see some of the top talent in the world, which could include Lionel Messi, Neymar, Alexis Sanchez and others.
Having the tournament outside of a South American country has been met with negativity, though. Aside from it being pretty far away for many of the country playing, meaning less fans of these countries get to see the games, some have questioned the authenticity of the cup.
The Copa America Centenario was hastily set up, and was a “special edition” of the tournament to celebrate 100 years of the first edition. In the end though, it was a huge success and brought some of the world’s best players to the states for the summer. And if it happens again, that’s something for all soccer fans, especially those here, to be excited about.