Legendary South American soccer tournament Copa America kicks off its centennial with a first-ever trip to the US—and makes Philly one of its top stops.
This June, Philly soccer fans will get a chance to catch live Copa America action.
After years of repeat visits to Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, the iconic Copa America tournament (considered one of the most important and most popular tournaments in the world, second only to the World Cup) celebrates its 100th anniversary by bringing its teams of world-class athletes to play in 10 cities across the country—and Philadelphia is one of them. Sixteen teams from the Americas will face each other in 32 matches throughout June, three of which will be held at Lincoln Financial Field June 9–14. Peter Pappas, former Philadelphia KiXX player and current color commentator for the Philadelphia Union, says the decision to host several matches in the City of Brotherly Love was thanks, in large part, to the popularity of the Union. “Without Major League Soccer in Philadelphia, Copa was not coming here,” insists Pappas. “I think it speaks volumes for what the fan base here has done.” Since the Union joined the league in 2008, Pappas says, “Philly soccer fans have evolved and proved their worth. They deserve to have the Copa America here, and they’ll attend it well.”