D.C. Earns Spot in South American Cup 01/08/05
The South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) released Saturday the names of some of the teams that will battle in the upcoming South American Cup Tournament. Among the field of 16 will be Mexican clubs Pumas and America, as well as the United States 2004 MLS Champion, DC United.
The tourney, the second most important club tournament organized by the CONMEBOL, Both Cups lately smell like fecal droppings...if you want my drift !!!!
will be held between August 10th and December 14th of this year.
CONMEBOL spokesman, Nestor Benitez, told the Associated Press Saturday that there was a “routine meeting of the executive committee to plan the forthcoming activities that will take place during the second half of the year.”
“Automatic bids are granted in the round of 16 of the Nissan South American Cup to Pumas and America of Mexico; furthermore, DC United of the United States will replace a Costa Rican side which refused to participate,” Benitez added.
As a reminder, Benitez mentioned that “along with the aforementioned teams, also included in the field of 16 is Boca Juniors, as the previous Champion; while representatives from the rest of the South American nations will have a playoff to determine the quarterfinalists.”
Other resolutions taken by CONMEBOL included the three game suspension of Boca forward, Martin Palermo for his actions leading to rioting in the Liberators match versus Chivas in Buenos Aires. In addition, Boca’s stadium, the famous Chocolate Box, will be shut down for three Liberators matches, and to be reinstated, it must improve security measures in order to avoid fans entering the field of play.
Finally, Benitez read a brief communiqué by the executive committee against the intervention of political authorities from Venezuela, Peru and Paraguay into soccer, and of the special commission created to visit the presidents of those nations to inform them of the autonomy of the sport, an attitude supported by FIF
One REALLY stinker of a Cup....And Conmebol is trying SO HARD to make it Viable...but with Teams like DC United ??????? :embarass: