Seattle soccer fans eager to learn the CenturyLink Field matchups for Copa América 2016 don't have too much longer to wait. The televised draw will take place Feb. 21 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, the Copa Local Organizing Committee announced Tuesday.
The details on how the selections will work will be announced in the leadup to the event, but the organizers say seeding for the draw will be based on the December 2015 FIFA World Rankings. Using those rankings directly to create pots to draw from would give you the following:
With the Copa America draw using the December 2015 rankings, the pots should (unofficially) look like this: pic.twitter.com/n1b2s5LheC— Thomas Floyd (@thomasfloyd10) January 19, 2016
Another possibility would be to place the unseeded CONCACAF nations into one pot, and divide the remaining CONMEBOL teams into the two other pots, maximizing competitions between the confederations. That would give you something along these lines:
The schedule and top seeds for each group were previously announced. CenturyLink hosts group stage matches on Saturday, June 4 (B3 vs. B4, that's Brazil's group) and Tuesday, June 14 (Argentina vs. D4), as well as a quarterfinal match on Thursday, June 16.
The draw will be aired live on Univision, and fans who will be in the New York area can register to be selected to attend. Those interested in tickets to the Seattle matches should definitely sign up to receive news about ticket sales as early as possible. Seattle Sounders and Seattle Reign season ticket holders will have access to an early presale.