United States’ Copa Centenario a turning point for CONCACAF’s World Cup teams

Brazil legend Pele feels Tite will have challenging few months ahead of him in terms of assembling the best XI as the Selecao aim to reach the World Cup final. Neymar gave a 7-year-old fan the surprise of a lifetime on Steve Harvey's talk show with a heartfelt message and signed Brazil jersey. As the World Cup looms closer, a growing level of frustration in the United States soccer community would be understandable. But even though the U.S. national team will not be in Russia, the country can take some comfort from the role it played in shaping the road to the World Cup, especially as far as the South American teams are concerned.
Nowadays the Copa America is played every four years, kicking off a new cycle of competitive action. In the year after the World Cup there has been nothing…