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Seattle is front runner to host Copa America Centenario opener

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Copa America will be played outside of South America for the first time ever in 2016 and it looks like Seattle will be the city to host of that opening match.

The grass requirement should not be much of a problem, as Seattle has brought it in for big matches in the past. The most recent example was when the United States played a World Cup qualifier in the summer of 2013.

Seattle has already been revealed as one of the 24 finalists in line to host  the Copa America Centenario -- it's celebrating the 100th anniversary of the South American championship. The tournament will take place from June 3-26 and is already on the FIFA calendar, clearing the way for some of the world's top players to participate. Joining the 10 South American nations are six from CONCACAF. The United States and Mexico were automatically guaranteed spots and Costa Rica and Jamaica have already earned qualification. Two more spots will be determined through this summer's Gold Cup.

The United States has twice played in the Copa America, in 1995 and in 2007. The 1995 team finished fourth, at the time one of the greatest accomplishments in U.S. Soccer history as they beat Chile and Argentina in the group stage and then beat Mexico in the quarterfinals. The 2007 team had far less success, losing all three of their games after bringing a roster of mostly second-choice players.

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