Report: U.S. May Become Permanent Host of Copa America

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

ESPN Deportes’ Rafael Ramos Villagrana is reporting that CONMEBOL and CONCACAF are negotiating to host Copa America in the United States every four years.

According to the ESPN report, this topic will be at the top of the list of discussions at the next CONMEBOL Congress where it may very well meet approval. Currently the tournament is set for Brazil in 2019 and Ecuador in 2023.

Rumors of a possible Copa America return have been swirling ever since the tournament was announced to be taking place in the United States. Back in March of 2015, then-CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb stated that the tournament would not happen in the United States on a regular basis. The conversation has shifted since the ousting of Webb and TRAFFIC Sports no longer being associated with the competition’s marketing.

Soccer United Marketing has taken over the rights following the FIFA scandal.

This news dovetails with other rumors that the competition may merge with the CONCACAF Gold Cup to make the tournament a potential rival to the European Cup held every four years across the pond. MLSSoccer ran an article in relation about that very topic but appears to have removed it as news spread. The Gold Cup normally runs every two years with games being played across the United States and Mexico.


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