Everything you need to know about the Copa América United States 2024

Ten teams from CONMEBOL and six from CONCACAF will measure forces in a tournament that was won in 2021 by Argentina led by Lionel Messi. That coronation, after beating Brazil in a final played at the Maracaná stadium, preceded the consecration in the World Cup in Qatar, with which the Argentines managed to stamp their third star on their shirt after waiting since 1986.

The United States and its vast selection of world-class stadiums will host a Copa América for the second time in history after hosting the Centennial edition in 2016.

On that occasion, Argentina also reached the final that was played in New Jersey, but lost to Alexis Sánchez and Chile in a penalty shootout.

Before the first ball rolls, here’s when, where and what to watch at the tournament this summer.

THE GROUPS

Group A: Argentina, Chile, Peru and Canada.

Group B: Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela and Jamaica.

Group C: United States, Uruguay, Bolivia and Panama.

Group D: Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay and Costa Rica.

THE CALENDAR

The opening match will be on June 20 in Atlanta, when Argentina faces Canada. The 16 teams meet first in a group stage until July 2, with a couple of matches each day. The quarterfinals will be July 4-6 in Houston; Arlington, Texas; Las Vegas, and Glendale, Arizona.

The semifinals will take place on July 10 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and Charlotte, North Carolina, while the final will be on July 14 at the stadium located in Miami Gardens.

THE FAVORITES

Argentina is the favorite to repeat at +175, according to BetMGM Sportsbook. Brazil comes shortly after at +225, while Uruguay is the third choice at +500.

The bookmakers do not have much expectation for Mexico and the United States, which are in fourth place, tied at +1200 along with Colombia, which could surprise because it arrives with a streak of 22 games without defeat and has not fallen since February 2022.

THE BEST STORIES

Messi will do everything possible to add another title to his illustrious career and his Argentine team is loaded with talent from the best European teams, including Lautaro Martínez and Julián Álvarez, who have just won their leagues with Inter Milan and Manchester City, respectively. At 36 years old, attacker Angel Di María will say goodbye to the national team, to which he scored the goal to beat Brazil 1-0 in the last Copa América final and then scored against France in the duel for the title in Taste.

But Lionel Scaloni’s team — the Scaloneta, if you prefer — is expected to face tough opponents who also have world-class talent.

Having just landed from Europe, after winning the Champions League, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo are leading Brazil.

Luis Suárez, Messi’s teammate at Inter Miami, has been called up by Uruguay at the age of 37 to accompany Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) and Darwin Núñez (Liverpool). La Celeste has the Argentine Marcelo Bielsa as coach.

You also have to be careful with the Colombia led by another Argentine, Néstor Lorenzo, undefeated since he took office at the end of 2022. With attacker Luis Díaz (Liverpool) as a reference, Lorenzo has 20 games without losing, with 15 wins and five draws.

The one who will be conspicuous by his absence will be Neymar, who has not played due to a knee injury.

Although it will hardly compete for the title, Mexico arrives at the tournament with some new faces trying to refresh a lineup that had become immovable despite the passage of three different coaches.

The tournament is a litmus test for Jaime Lozano, the coach who debuted with the senior team by winning the last Gold Cup, in a tournament in which the United States and Canada appealed to alternate teams.

THE HEGEMONY OF CONMEBOL

On paper, this does not seem to be the year in which a CONCACAF team wins a Copa América for the first time. But that will not stop Mexico, the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama from trying to make history.

Despite some notable absences, Mexico has a solid team. But it lacks the individualities and friction of the South American powers. Something similar happens with the Americans, who hope that the support of the people at home will help them have a great tournament for a team in which attacker Christian Pulisic stands out, who has just completed perhaps his best season in Europe with AC Milan.

CONCACAF teams were not invited to participate in the Copa América until the 1990s, and Mexico’s two second-place finishes are the closest a team from this region has come to a championship.