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

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

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 A Group B Group C Group D
United States Brazil Mexico Argentina
Colombia Ecuador Uruguay Chile
Costa Rica Haiti Jamaica Panama
Paraguay Peru Venezuela Bolivia

Source: ESPN FC

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

Copa America Centenario 2016—Schedule
Group A Match Site
June 3 United States vs. Colombia Santa Clara, California
June 4 Costa Rica vs. Paraguay Orlando, Florida
June 7 United States vs. Costa Rica Chicago
June 7 Colombia vs. Paraguay Pasadena, California
June 11 United States vs. Paraguay Philadelphia
June 11 Colombia vs. Costa Rica Houston
Group B Match Site
June 4 Haiti vs. Peru Seattle
June 4 Brazil vs. Ecuador Pasadena, California
June 8 Brazil vs. Haiti Orlando, Florida
June 8 Ecuador vs. Peru Glendale, Arizona
June 12 Ecuador vs. Haiti East Rutherford, New Jersey
June 12 Brazil vs. Peru Foxborough, Massachusetts
Group C Match Site
June 5 Jamaica vs. Venezuela Chicago
June 5 Mexico vs. Uruguay Glendale, Arizona
June 9 Mexico vs. Jamaica Pasadena, California
June 9 Uruguay vs. Venezuela Philadelphia
June 13 Mexico vs. Venezuela Houston
June 13 Uruguay vs. Jamaica Santa Clara, California
Group D Match Site
June 6 Panama vs. Bolivia Orlando, Florida
June 6 Argentina vs. Chile Santa Clara, California
June 10 Chile vs. Bolivia East Rutherford, New Jersey
June 10 Argentina vs. Panama Chicago
June 14 Chile vs. Panama Philadelphia
June 14 Argentina vs. Bolivia Seattle

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 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."

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