Copa America Centenario 2016 Draw Results: Groups, Bracket, Schedule Revealed

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2016

(L-R) Carlos Valderrama, Alexi Lalas, CONCACAF deputy general Jurgen Mainka, Mario Kempes and Juan Carlos Osorio prepare the drawing for the Copa America Centenario 2016 championship at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on February 21, 2016. 
The Copa America Centenario, a once-in-a-lifetime soccer summer event, which honors 100 years of the Copa America tournament, will take place in the US from June 3-26, 2016. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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The next major step for the Copa America Centenario took place Sunday with the 16-team draw for the most monumental soccer tournament to be held in the United States since the FIFA World Cup in 1994.

This year's enhanced rendition, which marks the tournament's 100th anniversary, will be the first Copa America to be held outside South America.

Here is a look at the tournament's draw, which will run from June 3 to June 26:

Copa America Centenario 2016—Draw Results
Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
United StatesBrazilMexicoArgentina
ColombiaEcuadorUruguayChile
Costa RicaHaitiJamaicaPanama
ParaguayPeruVenezuelaBolivia
Source: ESPN FC

And here is a look at the schedule for group play:

Copa America Centenario 2016—Schedule
Group AMatchSite
June 3United States vs. ColombiaSanta Clara, California
June 4Costa Rica vs. ParaguayOrlando, Florida
June 7United States vs. Costa RicaChicago
June 7Colombia vs. ParaguayPasadena, California
June 11United States vs. ParaguayPhiladelphia
June 11Colombia vs. Costa RicaHouston
Group BMatchSite
June 4Haiti vs. PeruSeattle
June 4Brazil vs. EcuadorPasadena, California
June 8Brazil vs. HaitiOrlando, Florida
June 8Ecuador vs. PeruGlendale, Arizona
June 12Ecuador vs. HaitiEast Rutherford, New Jersey
June 12Brazil vs. PeruFoxborough, Massachusetts
Group CMatchSite
June 5Jamaica vs. VenezuelaChicago
June 5Mexico vs. UruguayGlendale, Arizona
June 9Mexico vs. JamaicaPasadena, California
June 9Uruguay vs. VenezuelaPhiladelphia
June 13Mexico vs. VenezuelaHouston
June 13Uruguay vs. JamaicaSanta Clara, California
Group DMatchSite
June 6Panama vs. BoliviaOrlando, Florida
June 6Argentina vs. ChileSanta Clara, California
June 10Chile vs. BoliviaEast Rutherford, New Jersey
June 10Argentina vs. PanamaChicago
June 14Chile vs. PanamaPhiladelphia
June 14Argentina vs. BoliviaSeattle
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Each group's top two teams will advance to the eight-team knockout round.

In Group A, the U.S. drew two teams that competed in the 2014 World Cup—Colombia and Costa Rica—and another that competed in the 2010 World Cup—Paraguayin what looks to be the tournament's toughest group.

Costa Rica and Paraguay were the toughest draws from Pods 3 and 4, according to the Soccer Power Index (h/t ESPN Stats & Info), while Colombia was the second-toughest from Pod 2.

Paul Carr of ESPN Stats & Info outlined the Soccer Power Index numbers for each group, with Group A ranked the toughest:

Sunday's draw set the Americans up for a daunting summer. Ben Higgins of 10 News in San Diego joked that the team might have a luckier draw at the event's next century mark:

Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune noted the U.S. got no home-field advantage Sunday:

The Copa America Centenario will feature big stars on U.S. soil, as Lionel Messi will "likely captain Argentina," and Neymar should participate for Brazil, according to Sam Stejskal of MLSsoccer.com. MLS should also have a sizable presence on several teams.

 

Post-Show Reaction

USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann met with the media after and shared his thoughts on the draw, per ESPN FC:

"It's a very difficult group, but it's a doable, and this is what Copa America is about," Klinsmann said. "You want to measure yourself with the best teams from South American and also our region. So we can't wait to get it started."

"We are very ambitious. We want to do well. We will do well. But, again, it's not an easy group. We know that too."