January 27, 2023

The president of CONCACAF does not rule out talks with COMNEBOL about the participation of the US, Canada and Mexico in the Copa America…

The CONCACAF president is not ruling out an agreement with CONMEBOL to host the Copa America in the US, as well as to include Canada and Mexico, as well as three Central American or Caribbean teams in the competition.

“We’ll have those discussions, we’ve had them, we’ll go through all of them to see how we can improve our own leagues, maybe create new ones, and I think we’ll probably have some sort of announcements on that. things probably early in the 2023 stage, because we understand how important it is to have these competitions,” Victor Montagliania, who has been at the helm of CONCACAF since 2016, said on OneSoccer’s “Good Night, Qatar” show.

“We are also in talks with FIFA about a test, similar to what they had (in Qatar) with the Arab Cup. So those are things that will obviously help not only our host countries, but all our countries in CONCACAF as well.”

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliania does not rule out hosting the 2024 Copa America

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliania does not rule out hosting the 2024 Copa America

DailyMail.com reported earlier this week that both the American and Canadian Soccer Federations are in talks with CONMEBOL about playing in the 2024 event, but as it stands, Mexico is not involved in the discussions.

The tournament, which is usually between 10 South American teams, has been announced as a way for the three North American teams to advance at the 2026 World Cup, which they will host, by playing against better opponents more often.

However, Montagliani was quick to address the “speculation” and “misinformation” about the organization of such plans and collaborations between two FIFA governing bodies.

“It’s really not the jurisdiction of a federation or a league to have those discussions,” said the former president of the Football Association of Canada. ‘These discussions are conducted by the confederations, between confederations themselves.’

Montagliania hinted at talks with COMNEBOL's Alejandro Dominguez for US, Canada and Mexico recording

Montagliania hinted at talks with COMNEBOL’s Alejandro Dominguez for US, Canada and Mexico recording

Mexico exited the 2022 World Cup in the group stage and will co-host the 2026 tournament

Mexico exited the 2022 World Cup in the group stage and will co-host the 2026 tournament

The US will want to play stiff competition ahead of co-hosting the 2026 after losing to the Netherlands in the Round of 16 in Qatar

The US will want to play stiff competition ahead of co-hosting the 2026 after losing to the Netherlands in the Round of 16 in Qatar

‘My Gold Cup is mine, nobody talks (about) the Gold Cup but me. Copa America belongs to COMNEBOL and my partner Alejandro Dominguez. That’s where the discussion takes place.’

Montagliani went on to stress that “there is a lot of misinformation out there about who can talk to whom” and that when he “talks to Europe” he is not talking to the individual federations of the countries, but to UEFA.

Canada and Mexico exited the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the group stage, while the US lost to the Netherlands in the last 16.

Lionel Messi's Argentina has been reigning champions of the Copa America since 2021

Lionel Messi’s Argentina has been reigning champions of the Copa America since 2021

The three teams do not need to qualify for the 2026 World Cup as they are host countries, meaning they will play fewer competitive matches between now and the next tournament.

The Gold Cup in 2023 and 2025 will take place in the meantime, but the trio is usually the leading side in the event. The US will host the 2023 tournament, but the host of the 2024 Copa America has yet to be announced.

Playing in South America’s hostile atmosphere could also be a crucial experience for the growth of the US and Canada, if their participation is approved.

The Copa America was last won by Lionel Messi’s Argentina in 2021, beating Brazil 1-0 in the final.

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