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Conmebol rejects US Soccer-backed Americas tournament

Conmebol, the South American football federation, has categorically rejected a proposal from US Soccer for a new intercontinental tournament that was scheduled to take place in the United States in 2020.

US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro offered to both host and finance the event – which was due to feature South America’s 10 teams and six from the Concacaf region – in a letter sent on Tuesday. The offer included guarantees of nearly $200m (€176m) to the visiting teams and confederations.

But in a written response on Wednesday, Alejandro Dominguez, the president of the South American federation, said Conmebol’s national teams wanted to maintain the primacy of their own continental championship, the Copa América.

Dominguez also cited a lack of Fifa approval for the event and that the logistical details were too difficult to overcome.

According to the New York Times, US Soccer could press ahead with plans for a scaled-down tournament featuring national teams from other continents, potentially including Africa and Asia.

The Copa América and Concacaf’s Gold Cup will go ahead as scheduled this summer.