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Kansas City makes bid to host Centennial Cup America soccer event in 2016

The U.S. men’s national team played at Sporting Park in October 2013. If Kansas City gets to host the Centennial Cup, the team will play at Arrowhead Stadium.
The U.S. men’s national team played at Sporting Park in October 2013. If Kansas City gets to host the Centennial Cup, the team will play at Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Star

Kansas City has placed a bid to host the Centennial Cup America in 2016, according to a news release Friday from the Kansas City Sports Commission.

Arrowhead Stadium would serve as the venue if Kansas City is selected from the list of 24 cities that have expressed interest in hosting the 16-team international tournament.

U.S. Soccer estimates that between eight and 13 stadiums will be selected as venues for the June 2016 event, with those announcements slated for May this year.

The tournament features six CONCACAF teams — including the United States men’s national team — and all 10 teams from South America’s CONMEBOL confederation.

St. Louis has also submitted a bid to host the tournament.

“The interest level from cities across the nation has been phenomenal,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a release. “Everyone understands the tournament will be a huge event during the summer of 2016, and it’s exciting to see all of these cities putting together bids to be involved. While we’re just in the beginning stages of preparing to serve as host, we already are starting to see the impact and interest the tournament will have with soccer fans across the United States.”

In addition to the U.S., Mexico is an automatic qualifier for the event. Costa Rica and Jamaica have also qualified from CONCACAF. The final two teams from the federation will be determined via the 2015 Gold Cup.

The South American field will feature Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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