2016 Copa America In US Not Done Deal
2016 Copa America in US not done deal
NEW YORK (AP) More negotiations are needed before Copa America, the championship tournament for South America, is staged in the United States in 2016.
An announcement that the tournament would take place in the United States was made Wednesday by CONMEBOL, the confederation overseeing South American soccer. But it was premature, according to CONCACAF, which runs the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati says Thursday that his organization has not agreed to host the tournament or participate in it "at this time."
The tournament would celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL.
CONMEBOL said at a meeting of its executive committee in the Argentine capital Wednesday that the tournament would include the 10 South American confederation teams, plus the United States, Mexico and four others from the CONCACAF region, which comprises North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The event will take place between the 2015 and 2019 Copa America tournaments.
CONMEBOL said in a statement that the four CONCACAF teams would be added according to their rankings in the Gold Cup, the CONCACAF regional championship.
CONMEBOL said the event will be played in July, but offered few other details. It's the first time the event will be played outside South America and could be a huge financial success showcasing Brazil and Argentina to North American fans.
The event will follow the 2016 European Championship in France, which will be expanded to 24 teams for the first time.
CONMEBOL also said Japan and Mexico will play in the 2015 Copa America as guest teams.
Uruguay won the 2011 Copa America, which was played in Argentina.
Source: Associated Press