Major League Soccer To Play In Copa Libertadores?
By Juan Arango
There has been speculation about soccer on the US side looking to expand and what better way to do so than by taking part in the most prestigious club tournament in the Americas. Brazilian daily Lance reported on Tuesday that CONMEBOL, in an effort to continue to expand their biggest tournament, would like to begin negotiating with Major League Soccer in order to invite them to play in Copa Lib starting in 2015.
According to this report, the biggest obstacle would be the financial end. This would also help them market their league better in Latin America in an effort to further expand their horizons into an region where little is known about it. There is a great deal of desire by South American clubs to begin further marketing their respective names in North America.
This is not the first time this type of talk emerged. Last year, CONMEBOL announced that the 2016 Copa América woudl take place in the US as a part of the centennial of that organization. The tournament would be more Pan American as there would be six CONCACAF teams playing. That tournament is stll up in the air although there is lots of talk that it is still happening.