Copa America Group Stage Games Scheduled for Rose Bowl

Colombia, Paraguay, Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil and Ecuador will play in Pasadena during this month's 16-team tournament

The historic Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena will be the site of three first-round group matches in the Copa America Centenario soccer championship this month.

The games will feature top international players in a 16-team competition played in 10 United States cities. The field features 10 teams from South America, including Argentina, led by superstar Lionel Messi, and talented Brazil, which played to a scoreless draw Saturday at the Rose Bowl against Ecuador. 

Other games scheduled for the Rose Bowl will pit Colombia against Paraguay at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Mexico against Jamaica at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Metro advised fans to use the Gold Line, then transfer to a shuttle after a short walk from Memorial Park Station. The shuttle will drop fans off at the Rose Bowl, starting three hours before the match. Service ends one hour after each match.

The ride costs $5. The walk from the station to the Rose Bowl takes about 20 minutes.

The U.S. opens play Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Santa Clara against Colombia, featuring Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, before wrapping up the group stage in Chicago and Philadelphia.

The United States and Colombia join Costa Rica and Paraguay in Group A. The U.S. made a deep tournament run in 1995, advancing to the semifinal round.

Quarterfinal rounds in this year's tournament will be in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Foxborough, Massachusetts, Santa Clara and Seattle. Semifinal matchups will be in Chicago and Houston, with the final set for June 26 in East Rutherford.

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