Report: USA likely to pull out of Copa Centenario

A meeting scheduled for Thursday in Mexico City to hash out the organization of the 2016 Copa America will go forward without U.S. Soccer officials, reported Sam Borden of the New York Times. If the Copa Centenario takes place outside the USA, that will likely mean the U.S. national team will not participate.

Sources told the Times that the Copa Centenario, slated to involve 10 South American teams and six Concacaf teams, might be moved to Mexico or scaled back and held in South America.

Conmebol released a statement last week that Paraguayan Juan Angel Napout, the Conmebol president, and Honduran Alfredo Hawit, the interim president of Concacaf, will meet Thursday in Mexico City to review how the tournament will be organized, emphasizing that both confederations remained firm in the belief that the 100th anniversary of the tournament should be commemorated in 2016.

The next day he told a Paraguayan radio station the plan remained the same -- to hold the tournament in the United States.

U.S. host cities for the event were supposed to be announced in late May, but the tournament's fate has been in limbo ever since Federal indictments were handed out against 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives in a massive bribery scheme that set aside $20 million in bribes alone for the Copa Centenario.

Plans for the tournament were announced in 2014 with three marketing agencies holding commercial rights to the tournament. Executives from all three agencies have either pleaded guilty or been indicted.

Fourteen of the 16 teams have been settled. The other two places will go to winners of Trinidad & Tobago-Haiti and Panama-Cuba playoffs to be played in October. All 10 South American teams are supposed to take part in the tournament, as well as the USA and Mexico, winners of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups, Costa Rica, winner of the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, and Jamaica, winner of the 2014 Caribbean Cup.

15 comments about "Report: USA likely to pull out of Copa Centenario".
  1. Santiago 1314, September 17, 2015 at 9:35 a.m.

    This is Ridiculous... Why is USSF pulling Out???...Whether it's played in USA or Mexico... We need the International Games...Outside of the Corruption by the Organizers,
    (To be settled In court) Why would USSF pull out??? or are the other Federations Pulling the Plug on the USA??? ...or is The USSF hiding something. ???... Maybe some of these New 121 Bank Accounts that US AG Lynch has, are Connected

  2. David Huff, September 17, 2015 at 12:53 p.m.

    I agree, it is not a very intelligent decision.

  3. Alberto Mora, September 17, 2015 at 1:12 p.m.

    Copa America is the oldest futbol tournament in the world and to celebrate the 100 years and unite the Concacaf in the event and help the technical level game of their members the name was changed as 'Copa Centenario' for this time only. Conmebol may loose some money if Concacaf doesn't participate but the tournament will continue without problem.
    Now if the USA pulls out they loose the learning experience, after all they don't have a real competitive team for this tournament and better yet they will save the embarrassment of defeat.

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, September 17, 2015 at 1:27 p.m.

    Must be a lot of Mierda is going to Hit the Fan, when AG Lynch gets to the Next Round of Indictments...But I Fancy USA Chances, for any Tournament played in the USA...As long as we Change Coaches...

  5. Santiago 1314, September 17, 2015 at 1:31 p.m.

    Does anyone know, which Copa Winner will Attend 2017 Russia Confed Cup.??? 2015 Winner-Chile..or Copa Centenario 2016 Winner. ???....or will they have to have a Play-Off at Rose Bowl also???

  6. Santiago 1314 replied, September 17, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.

    Oops,...I meant AZTECA NORTE...

  7. aaron dutch, September 17, 2015 at 1:43 p.m.

    This is the most absurd decision we have made in years. We are disarming 100% from competition. Our chance for leadership in the region is gone. USSF leadership should be fired for this. The Copa is the most important piece of football in the hemisphere and we don't want to even be one of 16 best teams to compete.

  8. Santiago 1314 replied, September 17, 2015 at 2:33 p.m.

    Maybe it's Sunil's way of Protecting JK, until World Cup in Russia...If we Lose versus Mexico on Oct 10, 《(and JK still has the Job)(as Promised by Sunil)》...Then we will not have any meaningful Games, Except CONCAcaCrApF Qualifying for World Cup...JK does well there..20-5-3 record

  9. Santiago 1314 replied, September 17, 2015 at 2:48 p.m.

    That's Total Record vs CONCAcaCrApF Teams In Official Games(3 Subs)...WC Qualifiers he is 11-3-2...

  10. aaron dutch, September 17, 2015 at 7:57 p.m.

    Its we are part of flat earth part of the football world.

  11. Soccer Madness, September 17, 2015 at 8:52 p.m.

    Utter nonsense to not participate in this event. It comes down to money and pettiness. Either way USSF makes $$ but I guess they wanted a bigger piece. Copa Centenario is not theirs to dictate. They should just be happy they were even invited, given the way we have been playing!

  12. Daniel Clifton, September 17, 2015 at 11:07 p.m.

    This makes no sense. How can the USMNT not benefit from playing in this tournament? This information really makes me question what is going on at US Soccer. It is impossible to support such idiotic decisions. What is going on behind scenes that might(?) make sense of this decision?

  13. aaron dutch, September 18, 2015 at 10:31 a.m.

    We are spoilers in football culture. We dont care about our responsibility in CONCACAF, FIFA, Americans much less our own Federation. This guys should be fired.

  14. Kent James, September 18, 2015 at 2:05 p.m.

    I'm not seeing the logic behind pulling out of this tournament. If we don't want to be associated with corruption, shouldn't we pull out of FIFA as well??? If we are concerned about corruption in the tournament, wouldn't having it here, making the organizers subject to US law, be the best way to combat corruption? The US is an ideal place to have such a tournament, given our large immigrant populations allow every team to have supporters here. Somebody's got some 'splaining to do...

  15. Santiago 1314 replied, September 19, 2015 at 7:18 a.m.

    Yes, Lucy...What did you do with the Bon Bons???... That was a Great Show, when she was Stuffing them into her Mouth...I wonder if Lynch has found all the Crooks who were Stuffing themselves...

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