NEW YORK - Following Wednesday's announcement from CONMEBOL that the 2016 Copa America will be held in the United States and include the participation of six national teams from CONCACAF, Confederation officials confirmed Thursday that they are conducting talks on this matter and further negotiations are required before a final agreement has been reached.
"Even though playing the 2016 Copa America in the CONCACAF region with our teams and those from CONMEBOL would be a wonderful experience for all fans, we are still in the midst of talks and negotiations between all parties involved in this decision," said CONCACAF General Secretary, Enrique Sanz. "This is an idea we are hoping to materialize but we are still evaluating and discussing before it becomes official but the intention is definitely there."
In July, CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, met with Executive Committee members of CONMEBOL in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to explore the potential for collaborative opportunities between the two confederations. Among the items discussed was the staging of a special Copa America in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL that would involve CONCACAF's partnership and participation.