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2016 Copa America Centenario Update: Draw Date Announced

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We have a date for the draw!

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As the 2016 Copa America Centenario draws closer, more details are trickling out.  From the CONCACAF press release (on January 19):

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC) announced today that the 2016 Copa America Centenario Draw will take place on Sunday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET, at the famed Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The draw will be televised live on Univision in the United States.

The Copa America Centenario, a once-in-a-lifetime soccer summer event, which honors 100 years of the Copa America tournament, will feature some of the world's best teams and players competing from June 3-26, 2016, across the United States. The tournament will feature the top star players from both regions, including Messi, Neymar, David Luiz, James Rodriguez, Kaka, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and many more. The final will be played at MetLife Stadium, in the metropolitan New York City area, on June 26.

There are a total of 16 teams participating from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL:

CONCACAF:  Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, United States

CONMEBOL:  Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

So far, here are the group break downs:

Group A:  United States (host)

Group B:  Brazil

Group C:  Mexico

Group D:  Argentina (highest FIFA ranked team in December 2015)