The national teams of the United States and Costa Rica walk onto the field before a match in the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Soldier Field on June 7, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP
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"The United States could host the World Cup tomorrow," FIFA president Gianni Infantino said recently. But less than one week into the Copa America Centenario, being held across the U.S. it is clear that putting on a successful major international football tournament requires much more than just having lots of big stadiums, airports and hotels.TV network Fox boasted that the opening game between the hosts and Colombia drew over 1.5 million viewers but that is less than half of 1 percent of the population and well below the levels of most major sports events on U.S. television.The level of attendance at games has been mixed, but the age-old problem of football in the States remains – the choice of large American football venues for games means that television viewers see lots of empty seats.Neither of the two games held so far in Orlando's 65,000 capacity Citrus Bowl managed to even be a third full.In every aspect it is more work for sure," Brazil coach Dunga said Tuesday after his team had to switch training from the match venue to a college facility due to a wet field in Orlando.Asked whether he thought it had been the right decision to play the tournament in the United States, Dunga was less than effusive.
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