CONCACAF to be included in 2016 Copa America Centernario?

Brazil-Mexico, CONMEBOL-CONCACAF, could be seeing more of that in 2016..maybe - Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

It has long been speculated that CONCACAF would be invited to field some teams in the 2016 CopaAmerica Centernario which would take place in the United States. CONMEBOL continues to talk like it might be happening.

Big news for CONCACAF fans that have long dreamed of having their national teams playing in more of the World's bigger soccer events. For those aching for something better than the Gold Cup to pass the time between World Cups there might finally be some good news if you trust what CONMEBOL is saying in the face of CONCACAF's silence.

For those of us who do not speak fluent Spanish those tweets mean that CONMEBOL will quite likely be including teams from CONCACAF in the 2016 edition of the Copa America and that the event would be held on US soil. With that info coming from Nicolas Leoz, the President of CONMEBOL since 1986, there is a very good chance that it is reliable.

It will be interesting to see what shape such an event would take but it could very well make the 2015 Gold Cup crucial for CONCACAF teams as it would be the likely means of qualification for this event. By combining the appeal of CONMEBOL teams with venues and media coverage available in the United States there is a very good chance that such an event would be able to draw an large international soccer audience.

Before we all start planning trips to the United States in 2016 though it should be noted that thus far no one from CONCACAF has been making similar statements to these remarks from Leoz. In fact, the speculation that such an event might happen has all seemed to be coming from the south with CONCACAF doing little to suggest that it will become a reality.

It remains a story to be worth continuing to follow as the potential for Canada to compete in an event of that magnitude is certainly appealing but for now there is nothing concrete. Until CONCACAF starts talking like this event is going to be a reality it is hard to get excited.

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