CONCACAF:" Loose Lips Sink Ships"
OK, I know, that's a WWII quote, but it seems to apply in a way to what's recently been going on between CONCACAF and US Soccer.
It appears that someone at US Soccer has been saying that 2019 will be the final year of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition, in part because FIFA is intending to terminate the Confederations Cup, and the supposed trophy of the Gold Cup is the admission ticket into FIFA's Confederations Cup tournament which is a prelude to the following year's World Cup.
In effect, the Confederation Cup is a warm-up tournament in the country hosting the following year's World Cup
ERGO, the thinking of someone at US Soccer is that CONCACAF doesn't any longer need to put on its major show, the Gold Cup.
Somehow this private discussion about ending the Gold Cup got past and beyond the limited insiders talk, and now there's a whole uproar about whether or not CONCACAF will continue supporting the Gold Cup in future years.
Here's CONCACAF;s statement issued today on the topic.
(Personally, I happen to very much like the Gold Cup competition, not that anyone cares about my opinion; anyway,I hereby register my approval of CONCACAF's statement.
“Concacaf is in receipt of the communication sent by the U.S. Soccer Federation to CONMEBOL Member Associations. We view this opportunity positively as it is not intended to replace or substitute any future editions of the Concacaf Gold Cup and it complements our vision to continue providing opportunities for our Member Associations to play competitive football at the highest level.”