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New England is typically home to the “old guard” in sports. A town that is rich in winning history has now embraced soccer as one of its more recent additions to the hometown trophy cabinet. As the popularity of soccer grows throughout the country, seeing places like Boston thrive in sports on a professional level, combined with local soccer giant Fenway Sports Group (owners of Liverpool FC and Roma FC) means that Boston’s soccer pedigree will only grow larger. For this year’s Copa America, Chile will face off against Bolivia and Brazil will battle Peru, there will also be a Quarterfinal match to be played at Gillette Stadium.

WHERE TO WATCH THE GAMES

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Banshee The Banshee is home to the Boston Chapter of American Outlaws. It’s got two floors of entertainment for any sporting event going on in North America. They’ve also got ten screens ready to show soccer if that’s what is on tap. Get there early, because if the US is on, the American Outlaws will be out in full force, at least, an hour before. Follow Banshee on Twitter for the latest updates on the games being shown.

Lir Lir is an Irish Pub in Boston’s Back Bay. It’s home to the Arsenal FC Supporters Group “Boston Gooners” and has several beers on tap, and we hear the steak is awesome if you want to eat a little heavier. Their Twitter is constantly being updated, so follow them before you head out to plan your trip.

WHERE TO BUY GEAR

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WeGotSoccer – Welcome to Paradise! This Foxborough establishment may seem overwhelming at first with lots of awesome products to choose from. Speak to one of their educated staff members and you will be on your way to finding the right gear and even customized jerseys in no time.

Campeon Soccer Campeon Soccer is a relative newcomer to the area after opening it’s doors in 2011. They’ve since seen growth throughout Boston and continue to increase their online presence. Start with their Instagram.

WHERE TO PLAY PICKUP

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Magazine Beach Park Magazine Beach Park is a small enclave resting along the Charles River in Cambridge, MA. It’s got a scenic view of Boston and a cozy feeling, there’s usually pickup happening here on the weekends so don’t hesitate to get out there. There are other places to play like the Boston Athletic Club, so keep your ears and eyes open for more info.

WHERE TO BE A TOURIST

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Fenway Park For those who may be unfamiliar with Boston, knowing that baseball is the city’s first love is a must. Fenway Park has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912 and is rich in history. Catch a game here if you can, as its atmosphere from the fans and attentiveness to detail from the grounds is second to none.

Harvard Square Harvard Square is a small neighborhood that is home to plenty of shops and food spots. It is also the center of many artistic endeavours, so you never know what you’ll find or who you’ll run into on a given evening. Like them on Facebook for more information.

WHAT TO DO ON MATCH DAY

Gillette Stadium is about a half-hour south of Boston, and there is no mass transportation going out to the stadium. So be sure to prepare accordingly. The party that comes along with Brazil will surely be full of entertainment. So just let loose and have fun.

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