The Copa America Centenario draw went about as bad as it could for the United States and CenturyLink Field. The United States ended up with the teams with the highest FIFA rankings in each of the other three pots, and Seattle was left without a marquee matchup in either group stage game and is unlikely to get one of the tournament's most attractive teams in the quarterfinal match it hosts on June 16.
The United States' draw was particularly harsh. Colombia (No. 8 in FIFA's rankings) was the second highest ranked team not to be seeded and has to be considered the group's favorite now. The group's winner will play in CenturyLink's quarterfinal. Colombia emerged as one of the most exciting teams from the 2014 World Cup and advanced all the way to the quarterfinals. James Rodriguez was considered the tournament's breakout player and turned that into a move to Real Madrid.
Costa Rica (31) is actually ranked a spot higher than the United States in FIFA, and was easily the top-ranked CONCACAF team not to be seeded. The group was filled out by Nelson Haedo Valdez's Paraguay (42), who edged out Peru (43) as the top-ranked team in the draw's Pot 4. Paraguay was a semifinalist in the 2015 Copa America.
The draw wasn't much better for CenturyLink Field. The June 4 game will pit what was probably the least attractive CONCACAF team (Haiti) against Peru. The June 14 game that was already scheduled to feature Argentina, will also include Bolivia (72), the only CONMEBOL team without a player in any of Europe's top leagues. The June 16 quarterfinal will feature the winner of the USA and Colombia's Group A along with the runner-up for Group B, which includes Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti and Peru.
Draw (full schedule)
USA, Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay
Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Peru
Argentina, Chile, Panama, Bolivia