If Argentina advances to the championship game, it would give Messi a chance to play in the same market as his current MLS team, Inter Miami.
“We expect stadiums filled with the passion of the entire American continent for the inauguration and the final,” Alejandro Dominguez, president of the South American governing body CONMEBOL. said in a statement.
Both stadiums have been selected as sites for the 2026 World Cup, to be played in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
“The cities have passionate sports and football fans renowned for getting behind major events,” Victor Montagliani, president of the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football, said in a statement.
Copa América is expanding this season, with six teams from North America joining the usual 10 nations from South America that compete for the continental championship. It mirrors a special tournament that was held in 2016 in the United States to mark the centennial of the event — the only previous time it was staged outside of South America.
The draw will be Dec. 7 in Miami.
Neither Miami nor Atlanta was involved in Copa América Centenario, which was held at 10 venues: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; NRG Stadium in Houston; Soldier Field in Chicago; Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida; Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; CenturyLink Stadium in Seattle; State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The 2016 opener was held at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay area, while the final won by Chile over Argentina on penalty kicks — Messi memorably left the field in tears after putting his attempt over the crossbar — was played at MetLife Stadium in suburban New York City.
Both of those stadiums have been selected as 2026 World Cup sites, along with Gillette Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, NRG Stadium and CenturyLink Stadium, making them strong candidates to also host Copa América games. The other U.S. World Cup sites are AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Except for the Centenario tournament, Copa América hosting duties usually have rotated among the 10 COMNEBOL nations in South America. The arrangement called for Ecuador to host in 2024, but that country backed out because of security issues.
All 10 South American national teams compete in the quadrennial tournament, and two guest teams have been invited to most of the tournaments since 1993.
For the 2024 edition, the CONMEBOL regulars will be joined by six CONCACAF qualifiers, comprised of the four quarterfinal winners in the Nations League and two play-in teams from the quarterfinal losers.
The two-legged quarters began last week. The United States, which was not guaranteed a spot in Copa América despite its hosting duties, defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in Austin, Texas to gain a commanding aggregate edge heading into the second leg Monday night in Port-of- Spain.
In the other opening-leg matches, Honduras stunned Mexico 2-0, Canada won at Jamaica 2-1, and Panama routed Costa Rica 3-0. The second leg of Panama-Costa Rica was set for Monday night, while the other two quarterfinal games are scheduled for Tuesday.
The Nations League semifinals and finals will be held in March at AT&T Stadium.
Atlanta and Miami figure to be in the mix, as well, for another major tournament scheduled in the U.S. ahead of the World Cup.
The FIFA Club World Cup will expand from seven to 32 teams for its 2025 edition, which will be played in June and July instead of its previous winter spot on the calendar. The sites for that event are expected to be announced next year.
Teams that have already qualified for the 2025 Club World Cup include Manchester City, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Seattle, Palmerias, Flamengo, Fluminense, Monterrey and León.
Woman attempts to set fire to Atlanta birth home of Martin Luther King Jr., police say
Authorities said a 26-year-old woman has been arrested on allegations she attempted to set fire Thursday night to theof civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
According to a statement from Atlanta police, at about 5:45 p.m., the suspect poured gasoline on the property, located at 501 Auburn Ave., but was stopped by multiple witnesses from proceeding any further.
Responding officers detained the woman at the scene, police said. She is being held on suspicion of criminal attempted arson and second-degree interference with government property.
Her name was not released. No further details on the incident were immediately provided.
The home was acquired for preservation by the National Park Service from the King family in 2018, and had been open for public tours through last month, when it was closed for an “extensive renovation project” that is not expected to be completed until November of 2025.
In a statement Tuesday night, the King Center wrote that “an individual attempted to set fire to this historic property. Fortunately, the attempt was unsuccessful, thanks to the brave intervention of good Samaritans and the quick response of law enforcement.”
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1 in custody for attempted vandalism at MLK’s birth home in Atlanta
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) – A vandalism attempt at Martin Luther King Jr.’s home in Atlanta Thursday night is under investigation, according to the Atlanta Police Department.
Police said a suspect has been detained in connection to the vandalism attempt.
Police have not released the identity of the suspect or the extent of the vandalism attempt.
The house, which was acquired by the National Park Service in 2018, has been closed to the public since late November. The historical site is set to undergo major renovations and reopen in November 2025.
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Mayor Dickens unveils time capsule filled with iconic Atlanta hip-hop memorabilia
ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News was there for one historic moment, 25 years in the making.
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All year long, we’ve been celebrating 50 years of hip-hop.
On Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens hosted the city’s “Hip Hop 50 Time Capsule” at the Atlanta History Center.
Inside the capsule is memorabilia from those who made an impact over the years.
Dickens says hip-hop runs “real…real deep” in Atlanta.
“As Atlanta continues year after year to hold the title and now the global home of hip-hop, I know where it started, but we know where it’s at,” Dickens said.
Twenty-five years from now, we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary.
In the words of André 3000, we hope the South will have ‘something to say’ about technology, music, fashion, culture, and dance.
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