CONCACAF president meets with CONMEBOL execs to talk collaboration

Fans longing for the bridge between North, Central and South American soccer, take notice. Change might just be on the horizon.

According to a statement released from CONCACAF, president Jeffrey Webb met with executive committee members of CONMEBOL on Wednesday in São Paulo, Brazil, to explore the potential for collaborative opportunities between the confederations.

Among the items discussed was the staging of a special Copa América in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL that would involve CONCACAF's partnership and participation, referee development, technical programs and other synergies.

Webb is a special guest of CONMEBOL president Nicolás Leoz and will attend the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Wednesday evening between Corinthians and Boca Juniors.

"The discussions today were held in a spirit of genuine cooperation," said Webb, making his first trip to South America since his election as CONCACAF president on May 23. "I look forward to further talks and building a stronger relationship between our confederations."

Webb is accompanied on the trip by CONCACAF vice president Justino Compeán, who is also president of the Mexican Football Federation.

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