CONCACAF Gold Cup: Why the Tournament Should Be Held Somewhere Else

Liam BCorrespondent IIJuly 21, 2013

HARTFORD, CT - JULY 16: Stuart Holden #11 of the United States goes up for a header underneath Yeltsin Tejeda #17 of Costa Rica in the first half during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Rentschler Field on July 16, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Since the inception of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991, the tournament has always been held in the United States, and on two occasions, the hosting duty has been shared with Mexico.

As a USMNT fan, it's nice to have the tournament in the U.S., giving us somewhat of a home-field advantage, although games against teams with large fanbases here usually leave us outnumbered in the stands. But why does only the U.S. get to host the Cup? If I were a fan of another team, I would be upset the tournament was always in the U.S. 

All of the other confederations change the hosting nations for their respective confederation competitions. Heck, even the OFC Nations Cup moves around hosting duties. It was held in the Solomon Islands last year! I believe there are many better hosting situations than the Solomon Islands here in CONCACAF.

Out of all the countries, the U.S. has some innate advantages in terms of bringing the tourney stateside. These include money and the huge variety of populated areas located over a huge landmass, which is ideal for a tournament that requires a lot of venues.

I'm not really sure why the U.S. always gets the Gold Cup, but I have a hard time believing no one else cares to host it. Canada and Mexico have hosted many different FIFA events in the past, but for some reason, they fail to bite at this cup.

Let's look at Canada first. It has enough cities to at least split hosting duties with the United States. Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto all have clubs, and while I don't know much about Canadian soccer stadiums, I'm sure there must be some in other cities like Ottawa and Calgary. Having games there could really boost interest in the national team.

And it's not like Canada doesn't ever host soccer competitions. It'll be hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Mexico could definitely host by itself. There are enough stadiums from the Liga MX teams to play every match in a different stadium. The soccer culture there is fantastic, and games would be really well attended.

Some Central American countries could also team up, like a Panama-Costa Rica splitting of duties. However, due to safety concerns, I realize this probably isn't a great idea.

And why not give the Caribbean nations a shot? How about a Gold Cup in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

All in all, it seems like the competition will remain in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. I'm just desperate for some variety.