I know this topic has been brought up before, but it's laid dormant for at least a year, so here I go: BENEFITS of a merger: 1) World Cup: South America currently gets 4 automatic bids and one playoff spot. North America currently gets 3 automatic bids and one playoff spot. FIFA could give the new merged American association 8 automatic spots and an additional playoff spot. So, potentially 9 spots. In terms of qualifying, we would have games that would generate more attendance, media attention and thus more revenue. Example: A qualifying group with: United States Colombia Honduras Venezuela Cuba Haiti vs. what we currently have. 2) Continental Championship: We could follow what UEFA does every four years and have a 16 team tournament w/ qualifying (more revenue). Imagine a tournament w/ Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, USA, Ecuador, Uruguay, Colombia, Canada, Chile, etc. South America could only benefit from this....imagine the vast North American market (USA and Canada, Central America) that is untapped by Copa America. 3) League: We could also mirror UEFA here and have a Champions League with similar qualification/group stage/knock out state/final. Also, the Copa Libertadores could possibly become something like the Europa League. (More MLS teams in international competition.) I think a merger could work, and that it could benefit both continents. It would give North America more respect being linked with South American powerhouse teams, and it could give South American teams a better outlet to generate more revenue and exposure. CONS of a merger: this is where y'all come in.