july 03, 2012 • 04:22 PM

U.S. could host 16-team Copa America in 2016

FIFA's President Joseph Blatter, right, embraces Ecuador' Soccer Federation President Luis Chiriboga at the opening of Ecuador's national soccer team headquarters in Quito, Ecuador, Monday Nov. 22, 2010. Chiriboga told that the U.S. could host a special 16-team Copa America in 2016.
Foto: AP in English

According to, the president of the Ecuadorean soccer federation told Mexican media that the U.S. is a potential candidate to host a special 16-team Copa America in celebration of the South American confederation's 100-year anniversary.

"We are going to have the opening so that it's not held in one of the 10 countries of South America. It could be Mexico and it could be the United States as well," Luis Chiriboga told

Ten teams would come from South America, with the other six from CONCACAF through a qualification process.

Chiriboga also told that the U.S. would likely get an invitation to participate in the 2015 Copa America, which will be held in Brazil.

Chiriboga said Mexico is a lock to be invited, with the other spot to be decided between the U.S. or Japan.