Soccer officials still eye US for centennial Copa America

Author: the associated press

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Soccer officials say they still intend to hold the centennial edition of the Copa America tournament in the United States next year.

CONCACAF communications and marketing director Jurgen Mainka says “several steps” remain to finalize the tournament, but officials are moving toward that goal.

Mainka spoke Thursday as leaders of the CONCACAF and CONMEBOL federations met in Mexico City.

The tournament is scheduled to take place June 3-26. But its status has been uncertain since a corruption scandal in May that rocked world soccer’s governing body, FIFA.

The U.S. Justice Department alleges that officials took bribes in exchange for rights to four Copa America tournaments including the centennial.

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