Football: Copa America, South America is to integrate Mexico and the USA

South America wants to see Mexico and the United States include the Copa America.

Alejandro Dominguez, president of the South American Confederation, wants to include Mexico and the United States to strengthen the competitiveness of the Copa America.

The president of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) Alejandro Domínguez wants to strengthen the Copa America by involving the powers of North Africa, Mexico and the United States.  In June for the first time, the Copa America Centennial Conmebol gathered the ten south American nations and six selections of CONCACAF (north America and the Caribbean), and the competition was played in the United States.

Mexico and the United States are both the two best nations of CONCACAF, and economic powers could push up the appeal of the Copa America, and therefore revenues and sales of TV rights to the competition.

“Strategic Alliance”

“We are working on the next Copa America. An alliance with CONCACAF is strategic.Having (Mexico and the USA) in our competition reinforces the potential of football “ , said Alejandro Dominguez, in an interview with AFP.  The Copa America Centenario, held this year in the United States, was a “sports and economic success for the countries who participated” , said the south American leader, “we have an obligation to continue on this path” .

The next Copa America is held in Brazil in 2019, but the boss of the Conmebol would shift the 2020, so that it is played the same year as the Euro.  “And the winners of the two continental competitions compete” says the former head of business and president of the Paraguayan Football association.

In talks with his counterpart UEFA Dominguez expects an official meeting in June 2017 between Chile, winner of the last Copa America and Portugal, winner of the Euro-2016. “The ideal would be a single match on neutral ground “ , added the Paraguayan, without saying whether he prefers to Asia or the United States.

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