What They're Saying: Carlos Cordeiro

“The invitation to talk is for 2020 but we are open to any conversation, including as part of a longer term agreement. FIFA have been more than constructive and would like to help this happen…we didn’t have FIFA approval in 2016 but we got it. It is true that we had to turn down an invitation from Conmebol to play in Brazil this year [2019 Copa America] but the problem is it clashed with the Gold Cup -- the finals are on the same day.”

-- U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, addressing the reasons raised by Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez in his speedy rejection of the offer to host an Americas tournament with a payout of almost $200 million to the 16 Concacaf and Conmebol teams and the two confederations. Cordeiro responded to Dominguez's third argument --  U.S. Soccer's plan conflicts with Conmebol's plan for the 2020 Copa America -- by saying it's only 15 months away and Conmebol has not named a host. (Inside World Football)
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