Orlando will host 3 Copa America Centenario games in 2016


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Orlando will host three games in next summer’s Copa America Centenario, a soccer tournament taking place in 12 U.S.

It’s the first time the United States is hosting the tournament, which features top national teams from South America and CONCACAF, the soccer federation representing countries from the Caribbean, North America and Central America.

Central Florida Sports Commission President and CEO John Bisignano tells the Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1PPqK0g ) that the games would generate 40,000 hotel-room nights and $30 million in economic impact for the Orlando region.

The tournament is expected to include teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica. Also attempting to qualify are teams from Panama, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti.

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