RFK Stadium reportedly in plans for pan-Hemisphere 100th anniversary edition of the Copa America

Greg Fiume

The special 2016 edition of the South American continental championship would include the United States and Mexico national teams.

A report out of Spain this afternoon has new information on the long-rumored Centenario, a special 100th anniversary edition of the world's oldest continental soccer tournament, the Copa America, to take place in the United States. Specifically, Marca reports that talks between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL are ongoing and that six sites have been identified to host games: the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Cal., Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Cal., MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Reliant Stadium in Houston and - most importantly - RFK Stadium right here in the Nation's Capital. To set it apart from a normal Copa America (like the one that will take place in Chile in 2015), this tournament, which would include the USMNT, Mexico and four other CONCACAF teams in addition to the 10 South American participants, will be called the Centenario. I dig it.

Assuming everything goes according to plan with D.C. United's ongoing push to build a new stadium by 2017, this event could well be the final curtain call for the original cookie cutter stadium, as the city is already planning other uses for the site along the Anacostia River for the time when the Black-and-Red have moved into their new digs. And what a fitting end on a grand stage it would be, too. [via MLSSoccer.com]

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