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May 11, 2009

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Jason Davis

No and no.

It's not in the best interest of CONCACAF to have any of their member leagues playing in the Copa Liberatadores, as it immediately makes the CCL a secondary competition. MLS teams need to start winning that tournament before they waste their time getting crushed by SA clubs in a competition they are completely ill-equipped for.

CONCACAF and CONMEBOL joining would be the most unwieldy thing possible. Although, now that I think about it, if it means Jack Warner fades away, I might be all for it.

PZ

Forget the Liberatadores for a minute. CONCACAF and CONMEBOL would actually create qualifying completion which would easily rival UEFA. Copa America with qualifying rounds. Group qualifying for the World Cup like UEFA has. Those would be two benifets of a total merger.

CONCACAF teams (well, US, Mexico, Costa Rica et al) would get much stronger competition on a regular bases. Seriously, besides those 3 and maybe one other every four years, what else is there? It's getting to be a lot like the SPL were it comes down to the Old Firm and a bunch of also rans.

CONMEBOL teams will get more exposer and, more money. TV money in Mexico is greater than any country in South America. Mexico brings a lot to the table. And the US, there's plenty of money to be made here. Think about it, the Copa America held in the US? How much would that bring CONMEBOL? Plenty, I'm sure. Also, the current qualification process is crazy. Far too many matches the way they have it. Also, all the Euro based players have a ton of traveling already going back and forth. A trip to an opponent in this region would actually reduce the travel required. Also, it would allow for fewer dates. Oh, and if there's a merger then how many WC spots would that mean for this part of the world? CONMEBOL would be sure they'd take a spot off at least the 3rd or 4th best CONCACAF teams.

But I'll agree, while a merger for national competition could make sense, MLS clubs would be run over in the Libertadores but, that might no be such a bad thing. It could being in more money to MLS (not that it'll be used to improve squads or anything) and it'll give more meaningful matches for teams.

Either way, I'm not holding my breath waiting to see this.

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