The Copa America Centenario Draw is This Sunday in NYC at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Some other notable events at Hammerstein Ballroom: David Bowie played and recorded his last show here as Ziggy Stardust in 1973, in 2002 NASCAR held its end of season award ceremony, and something called the Pixies played to a sold out crowd on a reunion tour.
This time around Hammerstein is hosting the ceremony to select the groups for the highly anticipated Copa America tournament. The tourney is being played in the U.S. in ten cities from June 3rd to June 26th. Essentially a world cup without europe, all the teams you’d want to see are involved and will be competing to win. Pre-drawing, the teams are split up into 4 pots of 4 teams and the drawing process then directs 1 team from each pot into 1 of the 4 final groups. The pots looks like this:
Pot 1: U.S.A, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina | Pot 2: Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay
Pot 3: Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama | Pot 4: Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Here is how we want our group to look:
From Pot 3: Haiti – this is their first time invited into the Copa America. The “Golden Age” of Hatian soccer included qualifying for the World Cup one time (in 1974) and subsequently losing to Poland 7-1 and finishing last in the group
From Pot 4: Venezuela – “February 17th, 2016: The Central Bank of Venezuela says the Venezuelan economy contracted 5.7% in 2015 and inflation hit 180.9%. The release comes just a day after the government announced a 6,200% increase in the price of gasoline.“ Now, this may give them some kind of super underdog power but i’d be willing to take our chances
From Pot 2: Ecuador – Pot 2 is the rubberband in this Paco soup surprise being served up on Sunday.
Chile are the defending champions and have these two guys. Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are electric. The former will run until his shorts literally disintegrate and the latter carved hieroglyphics into his head (get out ya rosetta stones).
Uruguay presents an entirely different set of risks involving a top notch strike partnership of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. Showing any kind of complacency around Suarez has been shown to result in awful outcomes. Though he is almost 30 years old, evidence clearly shows he is hungry, both figuratively and literally.
Colombia isn’t in the best of form at the moment. Despite being extremely impressive in the 2014 World Cup the most recent play has been disappointing. However, and i do not say this lightly, you want to avoid this team at all costs right now. You do not want to get in front of the super nova ball of fire that is going to be the Colombia revenge tour for the global humiliation suffered during the Miss Universe contest at the hands of Steve Harvey. That’s an easy one.
Whatever the final groupings end up being there is no doubt a ton of talent and great soccer will be on display here in the US during the month of June. Looking forward to every second of it at HotFooty.