Mexico returns to a Copa América eight years after its last participation. The South American tournament, the oldest in the world at the national team level, will return to the United States in the summer of 2024 in an atypical edition, made up of the ten teams that make up the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and six teams from North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) as guests.
The Mexican team, led by Jaime Lozano since June 2023, is going through a game crisis barely sustained by the results. After lifting the Gold Cup by narrowly beating Panama, El Tri looked into the abyss against Honduras in the reciprocal tie to qualify for the Copa América: after losing the first leg in Tegucigalpa (0-2), Mexico suffered until the end to equalize the score in added time and secure their place in the continental competition in a controversial penalty shootout at the Azteca Stadium. Stuck in a generational change where young people who have not yet reached the peak of their career such as Santiago Giménez and César Huerta (22 years old) line up with veterans of the stature of Guillermo Ochoa (38 years old), the national team will face its next major official tournament after the historic failure of Qatar 2022, when those led by Tata Martino foundered in the group stage for the first time in four decades.
Mexico’s last appearance in the Copa América (2016) ended with El Tri’s worst defeat in official competitions. After successfully overcoming the group stage, the team led by Juan Carlos Osorio fell resoundingly in the quarterfinals against Chile (7-0) in the first continental tournament held in the United States.
Draw schedule and dynamics
The fate of the 16 participating teams will be decided this afternoon from the James L. Knight Center in Miami, home of the draw that will define the group stage matches. The event will be broadcast live from 6:30 p.m. (Mexico time) through ViX, the streaming from Televisa. In this edition, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and the United States make up the first pot as seeds and therefore, they will avoid facing each other in the first phase of the tournament. The rest of the teams will be drawn in the three subsequent pots, according to their classification in the FIFA ranking:
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- CONCACAF 5 (to be defined)
- CONCACAF 6 (to be defined)
The Copa América 2024 will be held in 14 venues in the United States. The continental tournament, in which Argentina will try to revalidate its title won against Brazil at the Maracaná, starts on June 20, 2024 at the Mercedes-Benz Dome in Atlanta (Georgia) and ends three weeks later, with the grand final at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami (Florida), become the epicenter of soccer in the United States since Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami in July 2023. Mexico will play its first match at the NRG Stadium in Houston (Texas) on June 22. Four days later, they will face their second match at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles (California) and close the group stage in Glendale (Arizona) on June 30, 2024.
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