Copa America defending Champions Chile have been drawn in group D against last edition runners up Argentina for this summer’s special centenary edition of the tournament.
Alexis Sanchez who scored the game-winning penalty as Chile edged Lionel Messi captained Argenina 4-1 advantage to clinch the trophy in 2015, after Gonzalo Higuain missed badly for Argentina and his teammate Ever Banega’s penalty was saved by Claudio Bravo. Lionel Messi was the only Argentine to convert his penalty in the shoot-out.
The draw hands Messi and his teammates the opportunity to strike back at Chile in a competition that will take place outside South America for the first time this year to mark 100 years of the world’s oldest international football tournament. Panama and Bolivia are the other teams in group D.
In other fixtures, United States men’s national team drew a deathly group against Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay in Group A. Group B consist of Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti and Peru while Group C is made up of Mexico, Uruguay, Jamaica and Venezuela.
Ten cities across the United States will host games from June 3-26 in the 16-team tournament, which features the ten sides from South America and six from the Concacaf region.
The tournament will take place from June 3 through June 26. Games will be staged in 10 cities nationwide, with the final happening June 26 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The Yanks, however, will feel hard done by that, with a major men’s tournament finally returning to their country, they should have drawn such an arduous task.