Concacaf will explore giving expanded Gold Cup 'pan-regional footprint'

Concacaf will expand the Gold Cup to include 16 teams for the 2019 edition and beyond. The qualifying process will be will be revealed at the Concacaf Nations League launch event, on March 7 in Miami Beach.

As part of the expansion, Concacaf announced it is considering the creation of "a pan-regional footprint" for the Gold Cup, featuring matches played outside the United States, including the possibility of matches in Central America and the Caribbean.

The Gold Cup has been played entirely in the USA in 11 of 14 editions. Games were played in Mexico in 1993 and 2003 and in Canada in 2015.

No other country can generate crowds -- and ticket prices -- like those in the United States. Besides games involving the USA and Mexico, matches involving Central American teams draw huge gates that would not even be possible back home.

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