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FIFA arrests won't endanger Copa America Centenario, U.S. Soccer says

New presidents of CONCACAF and CONMEBOL were apparently not involved in tournament's planning.

The CONCACAF and CONMEBOL presidents were both arrested in Switzerland today. Again. This is the second time the active presidents of both federations have been arrested in connection to ongoing investigations into FIFA by Swiss and U.S. authorities. The last time it happened, the Copa America Centenario was cast into chaos and it actually appeared as though the tournament was going to be canceled.

This second round of arrests will not have the same effect, U.S. Soccer promised.

Today's events involving individual members of CONCACAF and CONMEBOL in no way pierce the integrity of the rigorous safeguards the United States Soccer Federation required before agreeing to host Copa America Centenario that ensure the tournament is organized and conducted in a way that is open, transparent and above reproach.

The new Executive Committee that was created to govern the tournament does not include these individuals and they were never in a position to make decisions that would adversely impact those high standards.

As the [Local Organizing Committee] for the tournament, the United States Soccer Federation remains fully focused on the organization and operation of Copa America Centenario, and conducting the tournament in the most professional and highly principled manner possible.

It was also revealed during MLS Commissioner Don Garber's State of the League address a two-week summer break is being "very seriously considered" in order to accommodate the tournament's group stage.

Both of these items are obviously positive news for Seattle soccer fans, as there are likely to be at least three games played at CenturyLink Field and there's a good chance some Sounders will be involved, especially if rumors are true that the USMNT will open their tournament in Seattle.

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