USA! USA! USA! USA!
That is the chant that you have all heard from those "crazed" soccer fans during the FIFA World Cup every four years. Maybe you have even been one of them yourself? Well, the good thing is that if you have been that fan or have ever wondered what the hype was all about you don't have to wait another four years to support your team or your favorite player, because a soccer tournament of nearly the same magnitude is taking over the month of June.
One of the hardest things for coaches to instill in young players is passion for the game. Think back to how you discovered something you are passionate about in your life. Was it because of playing pick-up games in the yard next door? Was it because of a teacher or coach that was so enthusiastic about a subject or sport that it rubbed off on you? Was it watching an iconic moment unfold while cheering on your favorite team? Or was it watching your childhood hero pull off the impossible with seconds left to spare in the game? We all can probably relate to at least one or more of those moments.
As it turns out one of the most prolific soccer tournaments, Copa America, is set to kick-off June 3rd on U.S. soil for the first time ever. Copa America is the perfect event for excitement, drama and passion that usually only a World Cup can provide. Watching these types of events as a group is one of the easiest ways to show young kids why a sport is so magical. It also gives you the time to explain things like sportsmanship and teamwork in a real-time situation that isn't so personal. So grab your team, your kids and your family and be one of those "crazed" fans. Follow your favorite team(s) or player(s) through the tournament and help instill that passion for the game in a young player you know this month.
If that wasn't enough to get you interested even Kobe Bryant is going to be watching and in the video below he tells you why you should be as well. The full T.V. schedule for Copa America is below.
Copa America Schedule:(in Eastern Standard Time)
Fri., 6/3 USA vs. Columbia - Santa Clara, CA - 9:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Sat., 6/4 Costa Rica vs. Paraguay - Orlando, FL - 5:00 p.m. FOX
Haiti vs. Peru - Seattle, WA - 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports 2
Brazil vs. Ecuador - Pasadena, CA - 10:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Sun., 6/5 Jamaica vs. Venezuela - Chicago, IL - 5:00 p.m. FOX
Mexico vs. Uruguay - Glendale, AZ - 8:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Mon., 6/6 Panama vs. Bolivia - Orlando, FL - 7:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Argentina vs. Chile - Santa Clara, CA - 10:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Tue., 6/7 USA vs. Costa Rica - Chicago, IL - 8:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Colombia vs. Paraguay - Pasadena, CA - 10:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Wed., 6/8 Brazil vs. Haiti - Orlando, FL- 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Ecuador vs. Peru - Glendale, AZ - 10:00 p.m. FOX Sports 2
Thu., 6/9 Uruguay vs. Venezuela - Philadelphia, PA - 7:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Mexico vs. Jamaica - Pasadena, CA - 10:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Fri., 6/10 Chile vs. Bolivia - Foxborough, MA - 7:00 p.m. FOX
Argentina vs. Panama - Chicago, IL - 9:30 p.m. FOX
Sat., 6/11 USA vs. Paraguay - Philadelphia, PA - 7:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Colombia vs. Costa Rica - Houston, TX - 9:00 p.m. FOX Sports 2
Sun., 6/12 Ecuador vs. Haiti - East Rutherford, NJ - 6:30 p.m. FOX Sports 2
Brazil vs. Peru - Foxborough, MA - 8:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Mon., 6/13 Mexico vs. Venezuela - Houston, TX - 8:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Uruguay vs. Jamaica - Santa Clara, CA - 10:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Tue., 6/14 Chile vs. Panama - Philadelphia, PA - 8:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Argentina vs. Bolivia - Seattle, WA - 10:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Thu., 6/16 Copa America 1A vs. 2B - Seattle, WA - 9:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Fri., 6/17 Copa America 1B vs. 2A - East Rutherford, NJ - 8:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Sat., 6/18 Copa America 1D vs. 2C - Foxborough, MA - 7:00 p.m. FX
Copa America 1C vs. 2D - Santa Clara, CA - 10:00 p.m. FX
Tue., 6/21 Copa America W25 vs. W27 - Houston, TX - 9:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Wed., 6/22 Copa America W26 vs. W28 - Chicago, IL - 8:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Sat., 6/25 Copa America L29 vs. L30 - Glendale, AZ - 8:00 p.m. FX
Sun., 6/26 Copa America final East - Rutherford, NJ - 8:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Viva la Copa America Centenario
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