Copa America kicks off tonight
SANTA CLARA, Calif (AP):
United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann realises full well that a strong Copa America run on home soil could mean much to this country hosting another World Cup.
The biggest football showcase in the US since the 1994 World Cup kicks off when the 31st-ranked Americans take on No. 3 Colombia tonight at Levi's Stadium.
"We want to do well. We want to get as far as we can in the tournament, but we also want to showcase our game to the rest of the world because down the road, we would love to host a World Cup again," Klinsmann said as his team prepared this week. "This is a huge opportunity for all of us to show everybody outside the US that we are ready for another World Cup."
The Copa America is South America's championship, but a special 100th anniversary tournament was scheduled for this year and includes six nations from North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz are drawn in Group C of the tournament and will face Venezuela in their opening match on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Chicago (Ja time).