According to the Mexican Federation's top man, the 2016 Copa America will take place in the United States.CONMEBOL's top national team tournament will take place in a CONCACAF nation for the first time, says Mexico's Justino Compean.
The Mexican Federation president revealed that despite the fact that Chile will host the 2015 edition of the competition, a "special edition" of the Copa will be played a year later, to commemorate the first hundred years of the South American organization's existence.
"With new stadiums in Monterrey and [Guadalajara], we looked to have the tournament here," Compeán stated. "But the economic issue is a strong one and at the moment, I can say that the 2016 edition will be played in the United States while the 2015 edition will be played in Chile, that's official."
Compean credited new CONCACAF boss Jeffrey Webb as a key man in the negotiations to bring the Copa America, which would host its first official tournament outside of South America if the Mexican Federation boss' words ring true.
"With Jeffrey Webb we've attained total aperture with CONMEBOL, something we had never achieved, and we look to give CONCACAF greater growth at the international level," he said. "It's a good thing that this comes with the help of CONMEBOL."
There are also plans to continue and expand Copa Libertadores participation among CONCACAF teams, Compean said, with the added incentive of pushing the North American continent's teams into Copa Sudamericana, a tournament in which clubs from the region stopped participating four years ago.
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