By Michael Lewis
Concacaf claims that reports of demise of the Gold Cup have been greatly exaggerated.
While speaking at the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Annual General Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. last weekend, president Carlos Cordeiro said the FIFA Confederations Cup would become history, but that the Gold Cup could become extinct soon as well.
Not so, said the confederation, which issued a statement claiming it will continue.
“Concacaf clarifies that it is fully committed to the Concacaf Gold Cup and confirms that the 2019, 2021 and 2023 editions are part of the FIFA calendar,” the statement said. “Additionally, once the new FIFA calendar is produced after 2023, Concacaf will continue organizing the pinnacle event of our confederation.”
Cordeiro had told The Athletic: “The Gold Cup is only legislated for this year and 2021, so it could go on but it may not happen.”
The Gold Cup serves as a qualifying tournament for the Confederations Cup.
The biennial tournament has been a major source of income for Concacaf.