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Copa America’s Houston leg will be a fun one. James Rodriguez’s Colombia is planned to face off against Costa Rica and Mexico’s El Tri will clash against Venezuela’s Vinotinto. NRG Stadium will also be host to one of the tournament’s semi-final matches. Houston has a growing soccer culture that is mostly shaped around The Dynamo – the city’s MLS squad, so you’re guaranteed to be in for a good time.

WHERE TO WATCH THE GAMES

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Richmond Arms If you want a nice British Pub feel in Texas, look no further than Richmond Arms. This downtown spot usually has patrons from the UK who know their soccer, and enough on tap to remind you that they know their beers.

Island Sizzler With a name like Island Sizzler there’s bound to be something spicy cooking up in that kitchen. Their authentic Jamaican cuisine and drink specials are a hot commodity in these parts of Texas. Copa America Fans you’re bound to run into some opposing teams so beware of a friendly rivalry.

El Big Bad Formerly El Gran Melo, this downtown gastro-cantina has viewing parties for major sporting events. Everything Copa America will be welcomed with wide open arms and a cold tequila infused creation will be waiting.

WHERE TO BUY GEAR

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Soccer4All Voted #1 Soccer Shop in America in 2007 and a finalist since then, Soccer4All has seven locations in the Houston area. They’ve got expertise that dates back to the mid-80s, and a selection of gear to rival any shop in the country.

WHERE TO PLAY PICKUP

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Main Street Soccer Texas gets hot — You know it, we know it. Main Street Soccer features the only indoor facility downtown, and they are metro accessible in case you need to get around easier.

Meyer Park Meyer Park is nestled deep within the soccer commune of Cypresswood. It’s home to plenty of youth clubs, but you can almost always find a game.

Rice University Fields Rice University is home to one of America’s finest collegiate institutions, and also home to some steady pickup games and philosophical conversation.

WHERE TO BE A TOURIST

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NASA Space Center “Houston, we have a problem.” Take a tour of the Houston Space Center if you have ambitions of one day seeing the outer reaches of space. You can get tours of the Space Station, meet astronauts, inspect artifacts from space, and plenty more.

Hermann Park This conservatory is lush with green parks, open space and a cool zoo for families to visit. Also check out the children’s museum or golf courses if that’s your thing.

WHAT TO DO ON MATCHDAY

Hanging out at NRG Stadium for a Mexican National Team game is going to be an experience. Be sure to get there early and take advantage of the mass transportation system Houston has to offer. The stadium is right off of the Red Line, so parking shouldn’t be an issue.

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