Tag Archives: gold cup

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Everything I wanted to say last week

How ’bout them Sounders? By now, those of you who follow the CONCACAF Champions League and/or MLS are likely aware of Seattle’s historic 3-1 quarterfinal victory (3-2 aggregate) over the 10 men chosen by coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti to represent Tigres…plus one who is unlikely to ever again receive the …

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So, About Moving the Gold Cup…

When CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb acknowledged that the possibility of hosting a Gold Cup entirely outside of the United States (for the first time in its history) was under consideration, I suggested that only three countries could realistically hope to land the 2015 edition, given Canada’s unavailability: either Mexico, or …

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Calling an Audible: Changing Coaches in the Hex (Plus: Federations, Know Your Rights)

What does Jurgen Klinsmann need to save his job? After the 1-2 setback in Honduras left the US propping up the current Hexagonal table, this uncomfortable question began to circulate among the fans nervously anticipating the upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica (who haven’t lost to the US since 2005) and …

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On American Integration: Making Expansion Stick

For those of us who dream of seeing CONCACAF’s finest regularly test themselves against high-profile South American opponents between World Cups, the reality of football politics at both the continental and FIFA levels is clear: an expanded Copa América is the best, most feasible way to make it happen. While …

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On American Integration: Getting Rid of CONCACAF

On yesterday’s edition of the Fox Soccer Channel program “Goals on Sunday”, Rob Stone asked Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl how arrangements for the special 2016 edition of the Copa América are progressing. Wahl started by recounting what is now common knowledge: CONMEBOL made the initial announcement prematurely, given that …

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Copa America 2016: Foot in the Door

Let me start by simply sharing the big announcement: Habemus Copa. Today, in a meeting of Federation presidents and Executive Committee members in Buenos Aires, CONMEBOL announced that the “Copa América Centenario” will take place in July 2016 in the United States. The tournament will feature all 10 members of …

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Champions League: Winning is Everything

One of the benefits of the disparity in interests among the featured writers here is that even if we coincide on a main story, we are naturally inclined to study it from different angles. For instance, on the topic of this weekend’s CONCACAF Executive Committee meeting in the Cayman Islands, …

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A One-Time Deal?

The recent falling out between Brazilian authorities and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke served to expose serious, justifiable concerns about Brazil’s preparedness for hosting the 2014 World Cup. The problem only becomes more amplified when one considers the glut of international competitions that Brazil had been slated to host in …

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CONCACAF’s New Plan: Make Even More Money

The last time I wrote about the potential Copa Panamericana, I based it entirely on comments from Ecuadoran Football Federation (FEF) President Luis Chiriboga. Fortunately, more officials have affirmed the rumors: CONMEBOL President Nicolas Leoz talked up a commemorative, expanded 2016 Copa América in an interview with ESPN, in which …

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On the Potential Panamericana

Last Friday, Simon Borg stirred up no small amount of excitement by reporting on comments from Ecuadoran Football Federation (FEF) President Luis Chiriboga, concerning a special competition that could be organized in 2016 for CONMEBOL’s 100th anniversary. The tournament would count with six CONCACAF teams alongside all 10 CONMEBOL members, …