lmao they played Chile’s national anthem instead of Uruguay 😂. Look at the face of GK Muslera loool pic.twitter.com/yXlWLeZz2g
— Shujaat (@DrakesWriter1) June 6, 2016
The special 100th anniversary edition of Copa America hosted by the U.S. was supposed to be a showcase to further strengthen a potential 2026 World Cup bid. But so far it has only been an exhibition of greed and poor planning.
Playing Chile’s national anthem for a confused and angry Uruguay ahead of their match against Mexico at For-Profit University Stadium in Glendale, Arizona was an embarrassing flub that follows a string of poorly attended matches. And the excessive cost to attend these games probably has something to do with that.
Tickets for Brazil-Ecuador start at $50, parking at $40. Will be interesting to see how many people come to the Rose Bowl. #CopaAmerica
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 5, 2016
After 5 #Copa100 games:
Combined stadium capacities: 351,761
Combined announced attendance – 183,460
— Aaron Cranford (@akcranford) June 5, 2016
— Thomas Hancock (@Il_Neutral) June 5, 2016
Instead of being a way to show off a storied tournament to new fans and lay the groundwork to bring the World Cup back to the U.S, Copa America Cashgrabenario seems increasingly like a cynical, half-assed money making scheme and little more. Of course, being the joint effort of CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, and Soccer United Marketing, this shouldn’t be surprising at all.
A statement from Copa America Centenario LOC… pic.twitter.com/9R1QBUZHwd
— Copa América 2016 (@CA2016) June 6, 2016
UPDATE: Perhaps in the interest of fairness, Chile’s anthem was cut off and interrupted by Pitbull before their match against Argentina. This is gravest insult of all.
— Javier Lanza (@javierlanza) June 7, 2016