Copa América 2024: Is this the first time it has been played in the United States?

The 2024 Copa America is just around the corner and the proximity of the event has revolutionized the passion for soccer in the United States, a country that throughout history has been the summit of many sporting disciplines, such as baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey, but football seemed to be simply entertainment for a select group.

Things have changed considerably over the years, thanks to better results of the country's national team in different important competitions, the greater export of top-level players to the main European leagues and mainly the growth that has had the local circuit, Major League Soccer (MLS).

That, added to the presence of people of multiple nationalities in different corners of the nation, led CONMEBOL to assign the United States the venue for the 2024 edition of the prestigious tournament. But is this the first time that the America's Cup will be played on US soil?

The answer is no. The first time the event was organized by the United States was in 2016, when the 100th anniversary of the competition was celebrated.

The champion of that edition was Chile, which defeated Argentina on penalties in the grand final. That outcome left one of the most iconic scenes of the contest, as the star Lionel Messi burst into tears in the middle of the field.

Since then, things have gone much better for the albiceleste and the “Pulga”, who tasted glory in the most recent edition of the Copa América and also in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Miami in style:

This year, the final of the America's Cup will be played at the Hard Rock Stadium in the city of Miami, the venue that serves as the home of the NFL Dolphins. It will be one of 14 stadiums that will be used to host the tournament in a total of 12 cities: East Rutherford, Orlando, Charlotte, Atlanta, Kansas City, Arlington, Houston, Austin, Glendale, Las Vegas, Inglewood and Santa Clara.

Beyond that 2016 edition, the Copa America had only been held in South America.

In 1984, CONMEBOL began to rotate the venues between each of its members and the first cycle culminated in 2007, when the event took place in Venezuela.

The second rotation began in 2011, but hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games proved too much for Brazil, which had planned to organize the America's Cup in 2015. Faced with this situation, Chile assumed the commitment and the Amazonians They took over the assignment in 2019 and 2021.