Could the CONCACAF Gold Cup be headed off of US soil?
It certainly appears that way after comments made by Jeffrey Webb on Friday in Mexico, where the CONCACAF president told media that he’s interested in spreading the biennial tournament around the region.
The United States has played at least a co-host role for every edition of the tournament since its inception in 1991, including serving as the outright host each of the past five tournaments. The US and Mexico co-hosted the games 2003 and 1993.
“I don’t think the Gold Cup should always be in one country,” Webb said. “It’s the best tournament in the area and all members should be able to hold that prize. The decision to have it in the United States has been solely for financial reasons.”
The US won the tournament last summer with a win over Panama in the final at Solider Field in Chicago, snapping a run of two straight titles won by Mexico in 2011 and 2009, played in Los Angeles and New Jersey, respectively.
Mexico won the tournament both times it served as co-host, with both the 1993 and 2003 title games played at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.